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  • John E. Pollitt, Jr.

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  • PITTSBURGH, Pa. John (also known as Jack) Pollitt, Jr. was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He lived in the town of Saint Johnsville from 1962 to 2004. John passed away on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in H.J. Heinz Community Living Center Hospice Unit, Pittsburgh, Pa.
    John married Joyce Peruzzi on May 6, 1961. Surviving are his daughters, Jodi (Michael) Kardash, Sr. and Jacki Pollitt; grandchildren, Nicole (Jared) Snell and Michael Kardash; and great-granddaughter, Jaylynn Snell.
    Jack was in the United States Marine Corps from 1958to 1962, then two more years in the reserves. He was stationed in Camp LeJeune, North Caroline. He received special forces training and survival training in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was in the Bay of Pigs Invasion. His commanding officer referred to him as "The Perfect Marine." Jack was a swimming instructor in the Marine Corps. He was a corporal E4 and received commendations for good conduct and a medal for expert marksman. He was German, French and Abenaki Indian. His mother, Helen Whitman, was a pilot in World W ar II. She flew down the East Coast of the United States looking for German submarines and then radioed in for them to be bombed. She lived in Massachusetts. His father, John E. Pollitt, Sr., was a pilot in World War II also. John's father was a Native American Abenaki Indian. He lived in California and was a welder. He worked in an airplane hanger welding airplanes. John had a sister, Patricia Shortsleeve. She had two sons and one daughter, Keith, Kevin and Karen. Her husband's name was Bobby. He is deceased.
    After Jack's service in the Marine Corps, he started working as a laborer for a construction company in 1961. He became a New York certified welder. He decided to start his own general contracting company in 1979. It was located on Route 5 in Saint Johnsville and was called Jack Pollitt's Welding, Inc. He built or rehabilitated bridges for several New York state counties (Fulton Montgomery, Saratoga, Herkimer, Albany, Utica and others) and for the State of New York Department of Transportation for over 41 years. On Dec. 1, 1998, Jack married his second wife, Melody Brockett. They lived in the town of Saint Johnsville until 2004 when they purchased the Allen farm in Oppenheim. They worked together in his construction business for over 10 years until Jack got sick and retired in 2006. Jack found out a few years later that he had Alzheimer's disease.
    All arrangements are private and are entrusted to Thomas-Little Funeral Service, Inc., 5000 Noblestown Road, Oakdale, PA. (724-693-2800).
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