Robert Pollei

April 19, 1939March 12, 2018

After a long and valiant battle with liver cancer, Robert Cannon Pollei passed away restfully March 12, 2018. Robert was third in line of four boys, was born April 19, 1939 to Eric Charles Pollei and Emily Cannon Pollei. He was raised in the family home on 76 S Street and attended Bryant Jr. High, East High School, and the University of Utah. Robert had a very long and wonderful career working at Western Airlines which later merged with Delta Airlines. Everyone at the airport knew him and everyone expressed fond feelings for him. He was a true people person, and his infectious smile and cheerful demeanor endeared you to him. His great good nature, kindness and generosity set him apart from the average person. He enjoyed being part and participating in the world-famous Gina Bachauer competition and recital events. He also traveled around the world with his brother Eric to the various Bachauer quarter final competitions. He loved to travel to Hawaii and Paris. Those were his two favorite travel havens. He enjoyed riding his BMW motorcycle and eating and touring with the BMW Club. In addition, he also thrived in meeting with his fellow Delta gang at restaurants around the Salt Lake valley. Robert was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Eric and Paul Pollei with David as the remaining Eric and Emily Pollei family sibling. Janet Pollei, Eric’s wife lives in SLC. Robert is survived by Scott and Stephen Pollei (Kim), his two sons who were born in Salt Lake City while Robert was married to Sandy Brewington. Robert was cremated on March 19, 2018. Family, friends and admirers are asked to join us to pay respects, share memories and gather together to celebrate his life (and coincidently his birthday), to be held: Thursday, April 19th, 2018 from 7:00PM-9:00PM at Wasatch Hills Ward, 2255 South Wasatch Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84109. Online condolences may be made to


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Robert Jones

June 29, 2018

Just as everyone else has shared, I will always remember Bob for his smile and amazing great attitude no matter what was going on around him! We were colleagues at Delta Air Lines and he was one of those people that could make coming to work just a little bit better. An exceptionally good memory is when my family and I lived in the Avenues on 'S' Street , Bob stopped by one day and gave us a first hand walking tour of the neighborhood and shared all of his memories from growing up there. I'm grateful to have known you Bob! Fly high!

Scott McBride

April 18, 2018

So Sorry to hear of the passing of this WONDERFUL man. I will always remember the warm welcomes and shared laughs while riding our bike or just telling stories over coffee. Bob you have left some big shoes as the example and kindness you always showed toward others. For me i am sad to have you gone, but blessed that i was able to call you my friend.
Keep the coffee pot hot & Ride on my friend.

Jay Beck

April 9, 2018

Robert was always a cheerful face at Bachauer events. He supported his brother Paul's love. I appreciated his friendship and enthusiasm. I will miss him. --JLB

Patricia Koberlein

April 5, 2018

I was raise in California so I didn't see Robert that much, but when I did he left a lasting impression. He is my mother's cousin, so my cousin once removed, but he is only 7 years older than me. My first memory of him is stopping by their house when the 4 brothers were teenagers and still at home. One summer they built a swimming pool for us Stitt kids in their backyard with canvas, ladders, boxes, and whatever they could find to hold it up. It was so fun and such a lasting memory. Then as the years went by when I would come to Utah to visit my mom we would see Robert at some gathering. He was so friendly to me as if we saw each other every month. I looked forward to seeing him whenever I came to Utah. I will miss him and his contagious smile and wit.

Renn Charlesworth

March 30, 2018

I met Bob when I first started selling BMW's. We shared some great memories. I used the wheel that he hit the big rock with (on his way to the RRR I believe) to sell tire and wheel protection, worked like magic. I could always count on Bob for a big Smile, and a great laugh!

So sorry for your loss Steve, You had a Cool Daddy-O.

Best Regards,

Renn Charlesworth
aka: Rennsport

Gary/Bob Hyde

March 29, 2018

Thinking back I remember that he was one of the first kids of the neighborhood gang to get a car when we were young, and since none of us liked to walk to East High school, he would offer to give us a ride. Now it wasn’t a free ride mind you; while he did have the only car in the group, it was not a reliable car. If we wanted a ride to school we would have to go over to his house early in the morning and all get together and push the car so that he could start it on compression. But once it was started, we would all pile in and we were off; for a short period of time, until we had to stop at a red light or stop sign. Then the car would die, we would all jump out, like a Chinese fire drill, and would push the beast again until it started.

But then, that is what childhood memories are made of aren’t they?

Brett Stowe

March 29, 2018

Like everyone else, I love Bob! Working for Delta and sharing stories about our love for bugs in our teeth, and the feel of riding around on two wheels of a BMW is what we talked about. I also have sons named Scott and Steven. Bob was always fun to work with, my condolences to his family. His sense of humor will be missed.

Jason Hatt

March 28, 2018

When I was a new hire at Delta I got to know Bob and he made me laugh everytime he started talking. He made the workplace very comforting and I appreciated his friendship. I'll never forget his inspiration he gave me to quit smoking after seeing him on television participating in a "quit smoking" campaign.

Susie Smith

March 28, 2018

Barry worked many years with Bob and so I had the great pleasure to get to know this wonderful man. We always could rely on his help whenever it was needed as well as his cheery disposition! He was willing to lend a hand or his truck when we were in a bind. One time he helped transport a heavy horsehair bed which ended up being a topic of conversation now and then. We loved his way of describing different things or people-like “cuter than a bug’s ear.” He was a happy and a positive person which uplifted your own spirit. He is out of pain now but he will be greatly missed. Our love and condolences to all the family.

Russ Sheriff

March 25, 2018

Bob a and I spent many memorable days riding our motorcycles around the western states. He never let the grin on his face fade away. He truly loved the wind in his face. You will be missed my friend. Ride on and save us a parking place.