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Paul Bernard Pollak
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  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
    14057 E. 9 Mile Road
    Warren, MI 48089
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    30300 Telegraph Road - Suite 220
    Bingham Farms, MI 48025

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“Janice & Family-Although no words of sympathy can ease the loss you bear, may you find comfort in the thought that others care. Your family is in...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Julie & Bill Bogoff - MI

“Janice - My deepest condolences to the loss of your father. My prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time. ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Janet Calabrese - Fraser, MI

“A strong man who loves his family dearly and caring man to his neighbors. ”
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“You were a wonderful neighbor to have. You gave us suggestions and tips for keeping our grass green and beautiful and we appreciate it. Our thoughts...Read More »
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“Jeff & Chrissy/family,I was reading Paul's story and part way thru I was thinking how blessed you all were to have him in your life's, he sounds like...Read More »
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Paul Bernard Pollak, age 88 of Sterling Heights, died Thursday, February 22, 2018 at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Macomb Center in Warren. He was born January 13, 1930 in Detroit, son of the late Michael and the late Anna Pollak.

The youngest of 6 children, Paul was just barely into his adult years when he received a call that set him on an unexpected path,…the road to Korea. It was on September 24, 1951 that Paul was inducted into the U.S. Army at Fort Custer in Kalamazoo, Michigan before departing to Oahu, Hawaii where he received his training and was equipped for the task ahead. As an Infantryman in the 38th Division, Paul spent 1.2 years overseas supporting our allies and keeping himself safe so he could receive his honorable discharge on June 23, 1953. Attaining the rank of Private 2nd Class, Paul was a decorated veteran who answered the call to duty with pride & patriotism for which we extend our posthumous gratitude and honor his service with praise from a grateful nation.

Upon returning from the war, Paul would ultimately land a position with the automotive giant, the Chrysler Corporation, where his skill set was put to work as a Machine Repairman. Possessing the talents to troubleshoot, plan and execute when it came to keeping things running smooth, his plant was like a Swiss timepiece and Paul held the jewelers tools in his hands. He was beyond loyal and dedicated, working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week for many weeks at a time, and as he was allowed…and he did that for over 40 years until finally accepting his well-deserved retirement.

In sharing a story of Paul and highlighting the things that many will remember him for, the obvious pastime he found most appealing was simply sitting in front of the television and taking in one of the myriad shows that tickled his fancy. If he was in a nostalgic mood from his days in Korea, then M.A.S.H. was his pleasure. From more of his playful side came his delight with the Muppets. He loved watching "American Picker's" and learning about some of the historic facts surrounding the treasures they stumbled across. Known for being quite well-rounded and knowledgeable, there's no mystery that he loved being challenged by the game show, Jeopardy,…and he was often able to hold sway with the best of them. Then there was his favorite movie, "Legally Blonde," that never ceased to raise his temperature every time that Reese Witherspoon appeared on the screen. From his mellow sporty side came the joys of watching golf and bowling. But when it came to any of the "Sports in the D,"…Paul became an intensely boisterous "armchair manager" and could easily solve any challenge, from his side of the TV screen, of course. If only his "amateur expertise" could have been put to work, perhaps Detroit might have had more trophies and championships! Hmmm?

That coveted rocking chair that Paul so adored, as he surfed the TV channels, held another armchair position he was renowned for,…that being an armchair politician. Hitting on even more hot buttons as he navigated the waters of political correctness, Paul loved being engaged on current events,…and, of course, sharing his thoughts accordingly. If only his "novice guidance" could have been put to work, perhaps he might have had a hat with a popular slogan, too.

And for as much as Paul was plugged in politically, he was equally enthralled by the mysteries and magic that envelope the world of stocks and investments. Each morning, at 5:00AM, Paul would rise and head to the TV and turn on the business channel with the ticker-tape scrolling across the bottom of the screen,…and he was mesmerized. Many times throughout the day, you'd often find Paul surfing back to the business channel, simply to keep up with the current status. Not that he was an investor, mind you,…just one who was invigorated by the game.

Lastly, regarding Paul's TV Jones,…he was a true phenom when it came to the amount of programs he could watch at once. Was it 4…was it 6…keeping a tally was often an impossible task. It was so important to Paul that he didn't miss a beat on anything he was currently engrossed in. So he was surf,…and surf,…and surf some more, and everybody's heads were spinning, except for Paul's. He was always plugged in, fired up, and ready for action. Just give him the remote and step back!

Yet TV wasn't Paul's only pleasure,…he was also a gamer who loved giving Ol' Lady Luck a run for her money each time he visited the casino across the creek in Windsor. Not merely a Gambler,…but an International Gambler to boot! How about those apples? Though there were a plethora of games attracting his attention, Paul was loyal to the slot machines, those one-armed bandits that could either pay or slay. But win or lose, memories of the casino experiences he enjoyed were priceless.

His loved ones also got a good chuckle when remembering how Paul used to love the long vacation drives,…whisking them off to destinations of beauty and splendor, then forgoing any sightseeing upon arrival. It was all about "The Drive." As for his homestead, it was all about "The Lawn." Like most guys when it comes to coifing their landscape, Paul's lawn was a thing of beauty, a masterpiece of mowing, and a trophy he enjoyed sharing with the entire neighborhood.

Then, when all the work was done and he needed a break from the television, one of Paul's favorite spots to head was right out front for a little sit on the porch. Nothing says "home" like the feeling one gets from hangin' out on the porch,…kind of like the King upon his throne. Making it even more special is the fact that the house sits directly across from the golf course. So as he sat relaxing on the porch, he was watching a little "golf come to life." Paul was a lover