Albert (Al) Pollack

1932 ~ 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Albert (Al) Pollack Obituary

Al (Albert) Pollack was born in Olds Alberta in October of 1932 to his parents Kate (Catherine) and Carl Pollack.

He grew up on his parent’s farm outside of Olds with his younger brother Herb. When he wasn’t helping with farming chores, he enjoyed playing competitive baseball, and recreational hockey and was always happy to join in any other impromptu sporting events that he happened upon in his free time as a youth. On occasion, when there was not enough free time to partake in the things he enjoyed most, Al would get creative with freeing up some time by skipping the odd class or school day so he could go fishing with his close childhood friend and neighbour Jack.

At the age of 19, Al moved to Calgary where he met his wife Stella at a dance hall and swept her off her feet. Al and Stella wed after two years of courtship and started their own family consisting of 4 boys; Blake, Vaughn, Wade and Todd.

Early in his career Al would often drive trucks (long haul, short haul and concrete) and became a full-time employee for Burnco, working there for 40 years until his retirement.

Al always enjoyed a good water fight and getting ice cream in Inglewood on hot summer days with his boys when they were young. He often made trips up to his parent’s farm with Stella and the boys in the summer months, creating many fond memories amongst all of them, that, to this day are reminisced upon. Al had many fun, memory-making adventures over the years with his wife and sons. He had the opportunity to see Frank Sinatra perform in Vegas, visited Hawaii, cruised through the Caribbean islands with Stella and spent many weekends camping at Mara Lake with his family.

In his free time Al enjoyed curling recreationally for his Burnco curling team and working on restoring his 55 Fargo. 40 years after buying the Fargo, with the help of family and friends, Al’s passion project was finally completed and he got to see his truck fully restored to its rightful glory! Adding to Al’s delight, Al and his truck were featured in a article that was published in 2015.

In retirement, Al and Stella enjoyed being snowbirds for many years and would travel south to Arizona where they made many friends, enjoyed a variety of community activities and trips to Mexico while staying warm during the coldest months in Calgary. They would always return home with glowing suntans, photos of their trip and stories to tell family and friends.

Al created many fond and lasting memories with all of his family over the years and he treasured family gatherings, big or small, where family would reminisce about all their past adventures, accomplishments and shenanigans.

When at home on any given day, Al was passionate about watching televised sports, especially if there was a Flames game, Stampeders game or Blue Jays game on! He watched sports so often that he developed an uncanny talent for watching them through his closed eyelids! If the TV volume was tampered with or the channel was changed he was sure to pop open his eyes and tell the offender to put the TV channel or volume back to where it was! The darndest thing was that he always seemed to know the final score of the game even when “watched” through closed eyes!

Al was many things to many people, he was a Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Uncle, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and friend to many! He will be dearly missed, always loved and although not in our presence, will forever live on in our memories.

Al was predeceased by his father Carl Pollack, mother Catherine Pollack, sister-in-law Helen Pollack, and brother Herb Pollack. Leaving behind his wife of 70 years, Stella Pollack; sons, Blake (Linda) Pollack, Vaughn (Pat) Pollack, Wade (Pat) Pollack, and Todd (Heather) Pollack; grandchildren, Shawn DeVries, Kim (Colin) Jones, Pete DeVries, Tammy (Darrel) Gordon, Spencer (Margaret) Pollack, Shawna (Casey) Southwick, Riley Pollack (Laura) and Jessie Pollack (Sam); along with his 10 great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Danica Devries, Ty and Tristen Jones, Bethany and Catherine Gordon, Gabriella, Angelina, Sebastian and Serafina Pollack.

"In life, we loved you dearly, in death, we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place, no one else ever will."

Al, your family loves you dearly, misses you deeply and will remember you always.

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