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Obituary: Stanley C. Pollack – Portland Press Herald

Stanley C. Pollack

SOUTH PORTLAND – Stanley C. Pollack, longtime chairman of GM Pollack & Sons Jewelers, died Tuesday, January 25, 2022, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. He was 82 years old. The family held a private funeral. Stan was the son of Perle and Gerald Pollack and loved them fiercely. Stan was born in Pittsburgh and moved to Maine when he was 15. He graduated from Deering High School (where he was a lineman on the football team) and then the University of Bridgeport. During his freshman year, he met his wife, Doris Carroll – he was 18 and she was 17 – and began their 59-year romance. Stan served in the military and received the National Emergency Medal from President Kennedy. He was honorably discharged after serving during the Berlin crisis. Stan then began working with his father at GM Pollack & Sons. Starting with one store, Stan led the expansion to 14 locations in Maine and New Hampshire, including a corporate office. He was a diamontologist and gemologist. The phrase “I really want to be your jeweler” was part of Maine’s culture and proudly followed him throughout his life. He was not just a salesman but a designer and designer of jewelry who brought happiness and love to his customers. Stan has held the highest positions in the jewelry industry nationally, including Treasurer, Vice President and President of the National Jewelers of America. Stan also served as president of the Diamond Council of America for two terms. He served on the board for 15 years and was awarded the Lode van Bergen Medal for his outstanding service to the jewelry industry. Stan also founded the Maine Jewelers Association. Stan co-founded Jewelers For Children which raised millions in the jewelry industry for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Stan inherited his love of Jewish observances from his parents and carried it with him throughout his life. The traditions of the Jewish religion were essential to him and he made every holiday special for his family. Sharing these experiences has brought her great joy, and it has always been important for her children and grandchildren to carry on the traditions. Stan served on the board of Shaarey Tphiloh and Etz Chaim and was a member of Temple Beth El and Shir Shalom of Vermont. He was also a prominent Maine Chabad supporter. Stan had a deep-rooted love for Maine’s Jewish community, and the pursuit of Jewish education held a special place in Stan’s heart. He was one of the co-founders with his wife Doris of K’ton Ton Nursery School and Levy Day School. He led several Israeli bond campaigns and helped rebuild the Portland Jewish Cemetery. Stan was a wonderfully unique husband, father and grandfather. He married Doris J. Carroll in 1962 and they celebrated 59 loving years together. They have raised two sons, David and Sam, and are blessed with two stepdaughters, Agnes and Stacey, and two grandchildren, Sage and Boden. Family was everything to Stan, and he would make any professional or personal sacrifice for any of them. Stan was predeceased by his sister, Betsi Messier and survived by his sister, Leiba Frankel, his brothers-in-law Marshall Frankel and Raymond Messier; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Three special furry friends played an important role in his life, Timmy, Willi and Bella. Stan was a role model for his sons, and despite his workload, he never missed a game or event his sons attended. Stan loved Maine dearly and believed strongly in giving back to his communities. He served on the board of Maine Health and hosted the annual Barbara Bush Golf Tournament. Stan has also served on the board of the Children’s Miracle Network. On Christmas, he would dress up as Santa at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital and be followed by some of his employees who appeared as elves. One year he and his wife Doris walked from Augusta to Portland. The walk lasted five days, raised thousands of dollars for muscular dystrophy and was featured on the Jerry Lewis Telethon. Stan loved people and enjoyed hearing about their lives and what mattered to them. He spent hours talking to people on his Meals on Wheels trips and while at the JCA Food Pantry. He treasured the time he spent with people confined to their homes or in an institution. Stan has traveled the world with his wife Doris, and he especially loved doing it with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed golfing and fishing with his sons and friends and going to the theater with his wife. The family fondly remember their “creative efforts” to sneak into their favorite foods without Doris knowing. He earned his private pilot’s license, collected Scrimshaw, mastered calligraphy, and enjoyed visiting art galleries and antiques. Growing up, Stan was a fan of every New England sports team. As a young child he was particularly fond of the Red Sox, and by age 10 he would often hop on the back of a streetcar to head to Fenway Park, where Ted Williams was handing out tickets to children under the center field bleachers. . . We will forever remember her magnetic smile that lit up a room. Stan is remembered as a man who changed people’s lives with that love, kindness and guidance – never expecting anything in return. Donations can be made in Stan’s memory to Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital online at https://fundraising.mmc.org/bbch-donate-nowor send to Maine Medical Center Philanthropy Department22 Bramhall St. Portland , ME 04102

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