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Nickerson Funeral Home

87 Crowell Road, Chatham, MA

OBITUARY

Walter J Pollack

June 18, 1947December 11, 2019

Walter J Pollack “Mr. P” passed away on December 11th 2019 at the age of 72 after a long battle with cancer with his wife Jacqueline, son Scott and daughter-in-law Jessica by his side.

Walter was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. After being drafted during the Vietnam War, he began a career as a correctional officer on Riker’s Island where he retired after 21 years as a Captain. He was an avid fisherman and loved playing baseball and softball when he wasn’t “behind bars” as he loved to say. Walter was married to his wife Jacqueline in May of 1981, and spent the next 38 years loving her and their son Scott. Walter and Jacqueline loved to play cards and always found something to laugh about. She was his partner in crime and fishing companion. He always said she was the catch of his life!

After retirement, he and his family moved to Chatham where he would become known as “Mr. P.” He started his second career as a school bus driver and loved every minute of it. He truly enjoyed being around the kids, watching them grow up, become adults and start families of their own. Very often, he found himself driving the bus for wedding parties for the same kids that he drove to school many years before.

Being a school bus driver allowed him to have the summers off and spend time on the water with his son and share his passion for fishing. Most will recognize the boat “Great Scott” sitting on the mooring at Barn Hill Landing and remember him fishing or clamming while wearing his NY Yankees hat!

When he wasn’t fishing, he was playing softball and enjoying his time with the guys either on the field or at Brax Landing. He had the best sense of humor and brought laughter to every room he was in. If you knew Walter, you knew he would drop everything if you needed help. He was a true friend and cared deeply about his loved ones and all the people around him.

Walter is survived by his wife Jacqueline, son Scott, daughter-in-law Jessica, grandson Sawyer, daughter Renee, sister Gloria, brother’s Eugene and Kenny, niece Deanna and nephew Michael. He was predeceased by his sisters Catherine and Lillian.

There will be a Mass at the Holy Redeemer Church in Chatham on January 4th at 11AM. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Jacqueline Pollack, Wife
  • Scott Pollack, son
  • Renee Pollack, Daughter

Services

  • Funeral Mass Saturday, January 4, 2020

Memories

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Cheryl martin it

January 4, 2020

Walter you were always a joy to work with. Kind thoughtful, caring, funny. You welcomed us all. Thank you for all the laughs kind words and compassion. I love you buddy.

Sue Rhoads

December 30, 2019

Jackie and Scott - I'm so sorry for your loss. So many fond memories of Walter and his humor. He had a great life and loved you both. His battle with cancer is over and he's at peace. Love you both.

DAVID CLARK

December 29, 2019

Walter was a noble person with a contagiously positive attitude and a keen sense of humor. He was one of my favorite all-time teammates when we were together on "Birdwatchers" Cape Cod Senior Softball League roster. As our pitcher, Walter was instrumental in winning several consecutive League championships. He endured his prolonged illness with grace, humility, courage and even humor. His only character defect was that he was a Yankee fan. My wife (Nore) and I will remember him with great fondness.
David & Nore Clark
Falmouth, MA

Mike Hanafee

December 29, 2019

Walter was an engaging individual who just knew how to make one smile. His goodness rubbed off each and every time he spoke with someone.

Kevin Morley

December 29, 2019

Walter was my coach and manager on the Birdwatcher's softball team in 2009, the year we won the post-season championship. During the final game against our arch rivals, Mid-Cape Door, I witnessed Walter perform what I call the most heroic moment in sports history. It was late in the game, Walter was pitching, and the batter hit a bloop infield fly between first and the pitcher's mound. Walter, though suffering from a very bad knee, ran off the mound and made the catch. Had he not done that, the outcome of the game would have been in doubt. His fearlessness and team spirit inspired the rest of us and I will remember that moment for the rest of my life. Walter had a great sense of humor and deep compassion. His passing is truly a loss for us all.

Van KHACHADOORIAN

December 28, 2019

Deepest condolences to family members, son Scott, his wife Janice and loving wife Jacqueline for the passing of a fellow member of the Cape Cod Senior Softball League and my friend.
I recall the year Walter first jointed our league..a young, eager and enthusiastic new recruit who was anxious to display his skills as a pitcher. Quite frankly, the evaluation team members were pleasantly surprised by his accuracy and untested skills as a pitcher.
It must be noted, during the next several seasons Walter was, by far, one of the best pitchers in the entire League. His presence on he mound was most notable as he often "joked" and had fun with his opponents as they approached the batter,s box.
Walter was truly an enjoyable character who played the game with a desire to compete at the highest level, yet keeping in mind his sense of friendship .
As Walter continued his long struggle with cancer I would often see him at several softball games as we, together, watched his teammates and colleagues compete.. .still joking and funning around with the guys as they mingled around their dugouts.
During my early years as Commissioner, Walter approached me on several occasions to request that his wife, Jacqueline, be given the opportunity to sing the National Anthem prior to the start of each game ......a request quickly granted. As she began to sing I would observe Walter standing, hat against his chest, a proud veteran, with a wide smile , as his wife gave a beautiful rendition of our national song.
Walter, you will be missed by your teammates, friends and colleagues who respect you as a wonderful person, a humble and committed League member. May you rest in peace,having fought the battle well with dignity and grace. Now to join those former softball players who rest with you.
Van Khachadoorian

Debbie Jones

December 23, 2019

We have such fond memories of Walter when he worked for us at Northside Bus Service. He was always upbeat and fun to be around. Best of all a great employee. So sorry for you loss.
Debbie & David Jones

Peter Troy

December 20, 2019

Jackie and Scott: So sorry to learn of the passing of Walter. He will be missed as such an active member of our Chatham community and especially you, his loving family. I am a fellow native Bronxite living in Chatham. We are spending Christmas and New Years in Denver with our daughter Sally so, sadly, we will miss Walter's service. Again, sincere condolences from the Troy Family. Diane and Peter Troy

Donna Mazzola

December 20, 2019

Dear Jackie and Scott,

We are so sorry for your loss. We loved Walter. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend to all.

Much love,

Donna and Donato

Michael McCluskey

December 20, 2019

Walter always shared secrets with me about how to be happy. I'll miss him.

FROM THE FAMILY