Rev. Gerard B. Pollock, 80, of Mannsville


The Rev. Gerard B. Pollock, 80, went to be with the Lord on January 16, 2013.

Gerry, as he was known by all, was the son of Michael and Beatrice Windram Pollock of Brooklyn, NY. Born Sept. 12, 1932, he attended Tilden High School, the Stony Brook School, Houghton College and Seminaries at Alfred University, Boston University and the Hartford Theological Seminary.

In 1964, Gerry was ordained a pastor in the United Methodist Church. His pastoral charges included Hillsdale and Arkport, NY, followed by a 22-year appointment in Lakeville, Ct. His final churches, prior to  retirement, included Pawling and Poquague, NY.

Following retirement, Gerry continued to serve as interim pastor in Mannsville, NY, while he also provided pastoral services as needed in numerous surrounding towns.

Gerry was a member of many organizations and boards. He was an active member of the Rotary Club and received the Paul Harris Award for community service. He was also a Mason and chaplain for both the Lakeville volunteer fire department and the Indian Mountain School.

Gerry served on the boards of Sharon Hospital as well as the Housatonic Psychiatric Center. He was honored to officiate weddings with Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, who began the Guidepost publications in the Pawling, NY church where Gerry served. 

For a decade, Gerry served as Secretary of Archives and History for the northeast jurisdiction of the United Methodist Conference. He also served as a trustee of the Dempster Grove Camp Meeting Association in New Haven, NY. Gerry enjoyed becoming a member of the Selkirk Sailing Club after retirement.

Gerry is survived by his college sweetheart and partner in ministry, Emma Ruth Pollock of Mannsville, NY. Married in Sandy Creek, NY, in 1954 they enjoyed 58 years of marriage. They raised three daughters and a son.

Survivors include daughter Nancy Williams and husband Dennis Williams of Millerton, NY; daughter Dr. Susan May and husband Dr. Chris May of Avon, Ct.; daughter Heidi Versland and husband Dr. Mark Versland of Avon, Ct. ; and son Christopher Pollock and wife Chrissie Pollock of Houghton, NY.

Surviving grandchildren include Gregory, Andrew, and Eric May; Luke and Matthew Versland; and Calvin, Zebulon and Hudson Pollock.

Calling hours will be held at the Carpenter-Stoodley, Inc. funeral home Friday January 25, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the Mannsville United Methodist Church. A later memorial service will be held in Lakeville, Ct. in the spring.

Contributions in Gerry's memory may be made to the Mannsville or Ellisburg United Methodist Churches.

Online condolences may be made at

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