Elmer "Chump" Pollock, 91, passed away Friday afternoon, Oct. 19, 2012, in Phoenixville Hospital.
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Born in Pottstown, he was the son of George and Anna (Koval) Pollock and is predeceased by his wife, Eleanor (Jachowski).
Elmer graduated from Pottstown High School in 1938 and spent two years at Lebanon Valley College before entering the Army Air Force in World War II. Elmer served with the "snoopers" 868th Bombardment Squadron in the South Pacific. After the war, he worked at Bethlehem Steel for 40 years, starting as a clerk and finishing as chief of orders and shipping.
Very active in the community, he served on several tax studies for the Pottstown School District and the borough of Pottstown, the Pottstown Planning Commission, and the Pottstown Recreation Board.
Elmer was involved with athletics at Pottstown Senior High School for more than 50 years serving as the public address announcer for football and basketball games. He was one of the founders of the Tri-County Area Sports Hall of Fame and also served as a vice president of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. He received countless awards and recognitions for his many efforts. Elmer also helped St. Pius X High School when it first opened by serving as its first athletic director.
Elmer is survived by his son, Mark, husband of Jayne, of Pottstown, his daughter, Mary K. Smith, of Wayne, Pa., and two grandsons, Matthew and Kevin.
A member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and later St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Elmer was also a past member of the Knights of Columbus.
Family and friends will assemble from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 370 South St. in Potstown. A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Stowe. A viewing will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Warker-Troutman Funeral Home, 726 High St., Pottstown.
Published in The Mercury on Oct. 22, 2012