On Monday night, March 30, 2015, Roger Pollard peacefully exited this life and was welcomed into Heaven by his parents, his sister Sonia, and his beloved dog Shadow Boy. Roger was born in Portsmouth, OH in 1952. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ora and Anna Mae Pollard, his sister Sonia and his brother Timothy. He is survived by the love of his life, Connie Brooks, his son Brian, brother Ora Lee "Jack" (Debbie) Pollard, sisters Patricia Tatkowski, Rhonda (Lee) Nuhfer, and Kim Leeming, Chuck Brooks, Hillery, Brittany and Tiffany and families, who...
On Monday night, March 30, 2015, Roger Pollard peacefully exited this life and was welcomed into Heaven by his parents, his sister Sonia, and his beloved dog Shadow Boy. Roger was born in Portsmouth, OH in 1952. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ora and Anna Mae Pollard, his sister Sonia and his brother Timothy. He is survived by the love of his life, Connie Brooks, his son Brian, brother Ora Lee "Jack" (Debbie) Pollard, sisters Patricia Tatkowski, Rhonda (Lee) Nuhfer, and Kim Leeming, Chuck Brooks, Hillery, Brittany and Tiffany and families, who considered Roger a second father, his special nieces and nephews and his extended family.
They say a good obituary serves as an announcement that a person has passed and tells you when and where you can pay your respects. We think Roger Pollard deserves more than just a "good" obituary. If you didn't know Roger, we want to make sure you know what you missed. If you were lucky enough to know him, we want to remind you of all the reasons why he was so special.
Two and a half years ago Roger was told he had six months to live. Well, Roger never did like being told what to do, so he stuck around awhile longer. Recently though, cancer got the upper hand and stopped playing by the rules. However, let's be perfectly clear..Roger didn't lose his battle with cancer; He just decided that he was tired of fighting. He was stubborn and not particularly adventurous. He liked his routine and didn't subscribe to the old saying that "variety is the spice of life". He had a wicked sense of humor that could make the young girls giggle and the old ladies blush.
Roger's life can be summed up with these words...family, friends, football and music.
His greatest love was his best friend, soulmate, and partner of more than 28 years, Connie Brooks. They were literally inseparable and she was right by his side as he took his last breath. Roger's life revolved around his family. It didn't have to be a holiday or a special occasion to get together. We'd spend hours playing euchre, pool, singing karaoke and just enjoying each other's company. There was never a shortage of good food, music and laughter when the Pollards were together and Roger was at the center of it all.
Besides Connie and his family, Roger's other great love was Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers. I bet you didn't know that one of the largest collections of Brett Favre and Green Bay memorabilia is right here in Toledo, Ohio? Roger idolized Favre and, while he never got to meet him, he did get to realize another one of his lifelong dreams..to see a game at Lambeau Field. Last year Roger's son Brian and his nephews, Pooh and Rich, took him on a road trip to Green Bay, WI. After 3 days and 16 hours together in a car they came home with even more Packer memorabilia, over $60 in fines for unpaid turnpike tolls, and enough memories to last a lifetime.
Roger was a singer/songwriter and he played the guitar, drums and keyboards. His original songs were played on local country radio and in clubs throughout the area, but the pinnacle of his career was performing in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Old Opry. People say that music runs in their family, but for the Pollards, music is life. If you go to a Pollard family gathering you better believe the night won't end without a jam session and everyone fighting over who gets to sing next. To see the look of true happiness on Roger's face when he was performing.that's how he will be remembered by his favorite audience and his biggest fans, his loving family.
Roger's family is forever grateful to Connie for the unconditional love and care that she gave him over the past 28 years, but especially since his diagnosis. We'd also like to thank the staff at The Toledo Clinic Oncology, Maumee and Hospice of NW Ohio for the compassionate care they gave Roger in his final days.
Please come share your stories about Roger's life with his family and friends on Friday, April 3rd from 2pm to 8pm at Neville Funeral Home, Southwest Chapel, 7438 Airport Highway in Holland, OH (419-865-8879) where funeral services will be held on Saturday morning at 10:30am followed by burial at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests monetary tributes to Connie Brooks to be used for Roger's final expenses. Donations can be made directly to Connie or via a memorial fundraiser set up on YouCaring.com.
"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."
The Beatles (Lennon/McCartney)