Robert Bruce Pollard Sr.
1946 - 2021
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Robert Bruce Pollard, Sr., Seanchaí, groundskeeper, roofer, chimney sweep, lumberjack, antique aficionado, sportsman, and beloved brother, father and grandfather, passed in his home in Lee on February 20, 2021.

Bruce, also known as RB to his friends, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on May 29, 1946, and raised in Lee, Massachusetts. He is predeceased by his parents James B. Pollard, Jr., and his mother Pauline E. Ashley, better known as Bobbie Pollard. Bruce attended St. Mary's School and the Lee Public Schools, graduating from Lee High School in 1964. He was a member of the Wildcat 1963 championship golf team. Bruce was an accomplished golfer in his youth. As a teenager, he spent summers as a caddy at the Greenock Country Club and the Stockbridge Golf Club.

He loved fast cars and enjoyed time spent at the Lebanon Valley Speedway. Bruce graduated from the University of Massachusetts Stockbridge School of Agriculture in 1967 with an Associate's Degree in turf management. He worked for the Morris estate in Lenox, Massachusetts, the Deely Estate in Glendale, Massachusetts, and the Lipman estate in Copake, New York. Bruce had a mercurial disposition, and although fierce and rough at times, he was a well-spoken man of belles-lettres, often writing letters to his loved ones. He was an avid gardener, tending robust and diffuse gardens that adhered to no method, yet produced exceptional harvests nonetheless. He could often be seen walking in the Town of Lee with his rifle or cross bow on his way to his favorite hunting haunts, or carrying his fishing pole to Laurel Lake in search of the big one. He was a keen hunter, harvesting some of the famous rackers of Tyringham valley, where he learned to hunt with his father and grandfather, James B. Pollard, Sr.

Bruce also frequented tag sales, antique shops, and estate sales, collecting gobs, wads, heaps, loads, oodles, piles, slews, scores, and scads of treasures with an eye towards trading them in the palm with his fellow antique colleagues and collectors. In his younger days, he could be found almost anywhere in the Berkshires where lumber was to be had. He never saw a pile of firewood that failed to appeal to him. The sound of a chainsaw was music to his ears. His contagious laugh will be missed sorely by friends and family alike.

Bruce adored his children and grandchildren. He held all of their accomplishments near to his heart, beaming with pride as they went on to become adults with their various accomplishments. A brilliant conversationalist, Bruce would often revel in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. He retained all of their keepsakes, from honor roll announcements to Christmas cards. Bruce is survived by his brother, Barry Pollard, his sisters Kate Plaquet and Kris Pollard, his daughter, Jessica Pollard, his sons, James, Jeremia and Robert Pollard, Jr. His grandchildren, Isley Gagnon, Ashley Pollard, Caleb Pollard, Juliette Gagnon, Natalie Pollard, and Shannon Pollard. He also leaves his ex-wives Julie Judd and Nancy Morandi, as well as a tribe of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A celebration of Bruce's life will be held in the Spring on a date to be announced in the future. Donations in Bruce's name may be made to the Lee Sportsmen's Association, P.O. Box 175, Lee, MA 01238.

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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 24, 2021.
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March 4, 2021
Dear Pollard family,
Sending our condolences to you during the difficult days ahead. May God Bless you all.
Hilda Frissell
Joyce Frissell
Family
February 25, 2021
Bruce was my dear friend, one of my rarest and oldest in Lee. May he go and find many more treasures somewhere out there.

Alice Van Deusen
Friend
February 25, 2021
Bruce was a pleasure to wait on in our store, Ben's. He always knew what ALL his children and grandchildren would like. A pleasant, courteous and interesting man. So sorry for your, and all of our, loss.
Marcia Slaminsky
February 25, 2021
I know R B for a long time, he was a great friend through the yrs.I would see him all the time riding his bike and we talk about the old days growing up, we were all a little wild growing up, and Bruce was right there with us, he was a little older, but we all had the same lee thinking , State line, show boat, ski lodge, it was a little wild back then, but we all got older and wiser through the yrs. I think.Bruce was a great man, and friend, and father, always talked about his family, and he will be missed, may he R.I.P. And may God Bless the Pollard family.He will be there with his Mother Bobby who was one a the nicest people I know.


Paul porrini
Friend
February 24, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
douglas p ruccio
February 24, 2021
My Sincere Condolences especially to Nancy and Rob. You're in my thoughts, I love you both❤. To the Pollard Family please know you're all in my thoughts during your time of sorrow. May you all hold tight to your special memories.
Sharen Engwer
Friend
February 24, 2021
Sending much love and comfort to all of you during this time of grief.
Pat Feldman
Friend
February 24, 2021
May God bless you all in this time of sorrow our deepest condolences to you all xx
Áine Long
February 24, 2021
So sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. I haven't had contact with him for the last few years, but have some great memories, not the least of which were visits with him at UMass where he attended the Stockbridge School while I was pursuing a degree in Liberal Arts. I also recall my first ice fishing event with Bruce and another friend, complete with hard cider. You can only imagine the ending.
He was a true friend whom I enjoyed spending time with. Although Bruce appeared rough on the outside at times, he had a truly great heart and spoke eloquently. I will certainly miss him.
Dave Simmons
Friend
February 24, 2021
We are so sorry about your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family at this very difficult time. Beverly and David Bissell
Beverly Bissell
February 24, 2021
Pollard family..my sympathy on the loss of bruce..I have known him since we caddied at greenock Stockbridge and worked together at Berkshire farm..he had a great laugh and loved people. Bruce was so proud of his children and there accomplishments.i will miss my conversations with him.mark gilligan
Mark gilligan
Friend
February 24, 2021
Attorney Pollard,

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