Kenworth “Ken” Coburn Pollard
Windsor, Vt. — Kenworth “Ken” Coburn Pollard, 100, passed away July 21 at Brookside Nursing Home in White River Junction, Vt.
He was able to celebrate his 100th birthday at his home in Windsor surrounded by family and friends. He was presented a Red Sox T-shirt, hat, signed ball, lots of cards, cake, and other gifts.
He was born March 26, 1914, in Windsor, son of Roy and Gertrude (Coburn) Pollard. He graduated from Windsor High School in 1932 and served in the National Guard from 1934-37. He married Evelyn “Muff” Mary Nuttall July 9, 1937. They resided in Cornish, N.H. for seven years before moving to Windsor in 1944. He was a resident of Windsor for over 70 years working for Cone-Blanchard Machine Company as a Draftsman, retiring in 1976. He was an active member of the Grand Lodge of Vermont 18 Freemasons for 60 years.
One of his last highlights in life was riding in the Windsor High School Alumni Parade in 2012 for his 80th reunion.
He was a licensed ham radio operator, W1RPK, for 70 years, active daily up until his last year. He enjoyed many years as a magician, performing throughout the local area. He and his wife enjoyed camping, fishing, traveling, gardening and their home.
He coached Little League and was a constant fixture in the Macleay-Royce field press box announcing WHS baseball games and playing traditional ballpark organ music between innings.
He is predeceased by his wife Evelyn “Muff” Pollard who passed away on Jan. 7, 2011, and a brother Wayne Pollard of Brattleboro, Vt. He leaves a daughter and son-in-law, Lyn and John Paul of Wilder; a grandson and wife, Les and Laura Wardwell; and three great grandchildren Taylor, Connor, and Samuel of Arizona; as well as nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank all of the caring people (you all know who you are) that took such wonderful care of him at Brookside helping him adjust. He sure loved the wonderful food that was served there. Also while in his home, special thanks to Rita and Denise at Support and Services at Home (SASH) and Dr. Allen who came to his home, and Brookside, along with Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Emergency Room, Windsor Ambulance Service, Lifeline, and the VNA. He loved his meals-on-wheels and the people who delivered them and took the time to talk with him.
The family wishes to thank his dedicated caring “special” neighbors, Tom and Betty that watched out for him, especially after the loss of his wife, checking on him every day, and going above and beyond. Additional heartfelt thanks to all his other Weston Heights neighbors who brought him goodies and checked on him. He was the last of the original residents of Weston Heights where he lived since 1944.
A special thanks to Lucy Mackenzie shelter who allowed him to adopt Zoey in 2011 who was a great comfort to him after his wife passed away.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Brookside Nursing Home, 1200 Christian Street, White River Junction, VT 05001 Attention: Pat Hoisington, Activities Director; SASH (Support and Services at Home), 7 Union Street, Windsor, VT 05089; Meals on Wheels, 139 Main Street, Springfield, VT 05156
There will be no calling hours or service. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at the Ascutney Cemetery in Windsor.
Condolences may be expressed to Mr. Pollard’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.