James N. Pollard, Jr.

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James Nathanial Pollard Jr. was born to James Pollard Sr. and Lillian Bailey in Belize City, Belize. He had 3 brothers – Bernard, Elwin and Anthony and 5 sisters – Gwendolyn, Marigold, Celia, Estella and Thereseta. He departed this life on July 23, 2013 after a long battle with cancer.

As a young man he attended St. John the Baptist School and received Christ at an early age attending the Salvation Army Church in Belize and Honduras.  In the 1960’s he made the decision to move to Boston where is met his future wife Gladys Pollard and later married in 1966.

James was a hard working man and had many jobs.  In Belize he was a Golden Glove Boxer famously known as one-punch Jimmy and even served as the Mayor of Hattieville for a short while.  During his tenure he met several dignitaries including Princess Margaret of England and the Duke of Edinberg. He was a self-taught carpenter and business owner – opening  a produce market in the Dudley shopping area in the early 1970 and one on Blue Hill Avenue in 1982. A few years later he moved to New York where is worked for Alexander’s Department Store and then became a building supervisor for PWB Management in the Bronx until he retired and moved back to Boston in 2010.

 James was a charismatic and caring man, who made connections and friends very easily and in many of the communities that he lived, children and adults referred to him as “Uncle Jimmy”. He was known for asking if you were doing “good” and if you were, he would reply “I like when you good”.

James Pollard leaves to cherish is loving memory, his wife Gladys Pollard, Claude Pollard of Belize, Carl Pollard, Anne Sheridan of Los Angeles, Denenne Jackson, Steven Pollard and his wife Bernice and Stacey Pollard of Boston, MA, 9 sisters, 5 brothers, 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM in Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Avenue, MILTON VILLAGE.  In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in memory of James N. Pollard, Jr., to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.