OBITUARY

James "Tiggy" Matairii Pollard

October 22, 1995May 4, 2019
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James Matairii Pollard, 23, affectionately known as Tiggy, was born in Kahuku, Hawai’i on October 22, 1995, the son of Marie-Laure Tang and Jim Pollard. He passed away on Saturday, May 4th, 2019. Tiggy’s childhood and teenage years were split between Louisiana, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He learned to speak Chinese when he was little and quickly picked up how to use chopsticks like a pro, which came in handy while living in Hong Kong later on. But of all the locations where he lived, Gonzales was always home. Tiggy loved music. Naturally gifted, he could pick up nearly any instrument and teach himself how to play, especially brass instruments. A member of the East Ascension Spartan Band from 2010 to 2014, he participated in numerous Honor Bands and All-State. He also served as Band President his senior year. He was a proud member of Louisiana Stars out of Lafayette, Louisiana for three years. He was well known to play the ukulele on their long bus rides, as well as getting his band mates into trouble with his infamous music playing water jug. He had a beautiful voice and often sang for special programs at church, as well traveling to Europe and playing the tuba for Sounds of America in 2013. His musical tastes ranged from Hawaiian, 60’s to 80’s, classical, to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Tiggy also loved food, both preparation and consumption, though cleaning up afterwards was another story, at least at home. He enjoyed cooking for friends and family. These culinary skills were honed at Izzo’s for many years. Tiggy is survived by his mother, Marie-Laure Tang Espe Papaura, step-father Bruno and father Jim Pollard and step-mother Cora, as well as his grandparents John & Rosa Pollard of Gonzales, Ah Man & Averii Tang grandparents in Tahiti and his beloved Grandma Wong in Hong Kong. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins of the Pollard, Tang and Wong families who will miss him tremendously. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, May 9th at Ourso Funeral Home – 13533 Airline Hwy, Gonzales, LA 225-647-3148. Visitation will begin at 5pm and the memorial starts at 7pm. Food and reminiscing will be shared afterwards.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 9, 2019
  • Memorial Service Thursday, May 9, 2019

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Rowena Erickson

May 14, 2019

I had my arms full trying to bring a load of things into the church and there next to me was a big black shadow step next to me and said in a gruff voice “give me that you” that is how I met this young man my heart is heavy for my most loved family who like their grandson has been there for me and my family and l say thank You Heavenly Father because of your promise we know this is not the end with all my love

Janice Gerlisky (Pollard)

May 12, 2019

You were there for so many people, you thought of your friends and loved ones and were generous with your time and talents for those you cared about. Even in death, you brought people and loved ones from over the globe to come together in celebration of your life. If only you could have known what you meant to everyone.

I remember when you were small (really small) crawling into the kennel with Bones, because you didn't want him to be lonely. Running all over my house being exuberant and happy. You didn't want to hike with us, but you did. Once you started you wanted to look at everything around you. You saw beauty and wonder wherever you looked.

You gave great hugs. Without even realizing it; you've taught some great life lessons to all of us who knew you.

Till we meet again,
Love,
Aunt Janice

Tina McManus (Barber)

May 9, 2019

Tiggy was one of my band babies, I have watched him grow from a young kid in Jr high to a young man in high school and into his adult life. Tiggy was very special to all who have known him, he was the smile that brightened up the room. Band class and trips were always a blast with Tiggy, he always knew how to make you laugh. You will be dearly missed Tiggy, may you spread those beautiful wings and play your music loud. See you on that beautiful field on the other side someday marching proudly.

Gary Horning

May 9, 2019

To Family of Tiggy Pollard, especially John and Rosa Pollard his main care takers.
Our family loved Tiggy and enjoyed his music, his singing, and friendship. My heart goes out to you all, John and Rosa especially for your loss. Words can not express the love I have for you and Tiggy, I know the Lord will send his Balm of Gilead to aid in the healing of this event. Life has many wonderful events and many not so great events, however the loss of ones family members is truly the hardest. I know that even amid clouds of sorrow, the Lord will send the sunshine of his compassion, and love, that will once again cause the clouds of sorrow to dissipate and the bright sun shine of Christ's love will once again, come into your hearts and heal you. I love and miss you.


Gary Horning

Jim Pollard

May 9, 2019

Jim Pollard

May 9, 2019

Tig and cousin Lucas Tiberius Heath!

Jim Pollard

May 9, 2019

DCI from a few years ago.

Jim Pollard

May 9, 2019

Whose tootsies belong to whom?

Jim Pollard

May 9, 2019

Jim Pollard

May 9, 2019

Yes Paw Paw, I know how to drive!

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