John H. Pollay Cohoes – John H. Pollay, 74, passed away with his family at his side on Friday, June 15, 2012 after a 6 year courageous battle with Amyloidosis. John was born in Cohoes, the son of the late John J. Pollay, and Mary Labombard Pollay. He is a graduate of Cohoes High School, and served in the US Army for 10 years. In 1958 he married the love of his life Janet Ayotte, whom he met when he was 18 years old. John was employed by General Electric in Schenectady as a welding specialist from 1956 to his retirement in 2000. He was also a self-employed insurance and real estate broker – Pollay Agency Inc. John enjoyed golfing, camping, fishing, and entertaining family and friends, but was never happier than when surrounded by his wife, children, and especially his grandchildren. He was a generous, caring and giving man; which is reflected even after his death by his anatomical gift donation to Albany Medical Center to help medical research. John is predeceased by his sister Joan Pollay Wager. He is survived by his loving wife Janet (Ayotte) Pollay; his children John F. Pollay (Laurie) of Schaghticoke, Bonnie Hill (Luke) of Charlotte, NC, Jacqueline Buchan (Tom) of Latham, Daniel Pollay (Rachel) of Latham, and Kris DeLair (Kirk) of Wynantskill; his many grandchildren who were his pride and joy; and several nieces and nephews. Special thank you to the outstanding doctors, nurses and staff from St. Peter's and NY Presbyterian Hospitals, especially Patti Carmel, NP, Dr. Jim Horn, Dr. Ian Santoro, and Dr. Matt Maurer. Without them he would not have had the 5 additional wonderful years to spend and enjoy with his family. A memorial mass will be celebrated in St. Ambrose Church, Old Loudon Rd., Latham on Friday June 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM. Reception to follow for family and friends. In lieu of flowers donations in John's name can be made to www.amyloidosis.org or mail donations to: Amyloidosis Foundation, Inc. 7151 N. Main St., Suite 2 Clarkston, MI 48346
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Published in The Record on June 19, 2012