October 2, 1932 ~ November 23, 2020

Born in: Rochester, NY
Resided in: Greece, NY

Greece, NY—Albert (Al) Pollet at age 88 loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully with family by his side on November 23, 2020 after a brief illness.

Al is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Wilma (Miller) Pollet, his adoring daughter, Melissa Pollet-Swidorski, his son-in-law, Bill Swidorski, his treasured grandchildren, Billy and Rose Pollet-Swidorski, his brother, Duke (Bev) Pollet, his sister Laura (Pollet) Heyer, many nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. He is predeceased by his parents, Peter and Margaret (Roets) Pollet, his brother, Robert C. Pollet, and his dear friend of over 70 years, good ole’ Charlie (Charles) Van Slooten.

Al is best remembered doing what he loved best: sitting atop a John Deere tractor, hat on head, cigar in mouth, cultivating the fields of his family farm and nursery business, Pollet Nursery, which he co-owned with his brother, Duke. Pollet Nursery was more than a business, it was a source of pride and a gathering place for friends, merriment, office “meetings,” and Sunday “seminars.”

When not on the farm, Al worked a variety of jobs, his shortest job six hours and his longest, 22 years at Kodak. He was a skilled welder who could glance at wall-sized blueprint and never need a second look. He would tell his boss, “I may not be the best welder, but I’m the best welder you got.”

Al had a gift for storytelling with a treasure trove of stories and many famous sayings. He had an incredible sense of humor and had a way about him that put others at ease. He was a family man who opened his heart and home to many.

His memorial and celebration of life will be held when the fog of the pandemic has cleared. The family welcomes extended family and friends to share memories of Al to keep the stories going. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Al’s memory.

Lastly, always remember, “if his first name don’t start with Hank, he can’t sing.”

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Albert H. Pollet 's name.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

501 St. Jude Place Memphis , TN 38105

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  1. Dear Wilma & Family…I was so very sorry to read of the passing of Al. Even though I haven’t worked for the last 7 years, there are some customers that I’ll never forget. Al was definitely one of them. He not only was one of my favorites, but he always brightened up my day when he walked in. Years ago, we would talk about how sad it was to see Pollet Nursery turn into a bunch of condos. And I always asked how Wilma was doing and Al would tell me all about how she was that week. I really hope you are doing well Wilma, and I really miss you also. I know what you are going through, as I also lost my husband 3 years ago to cancer. I would love to talk to you if and when you are up to it. My number is 585-705-0452. And again, I am so sorry for you and your family. Love, Marilyn Kearns (Fays/Eckerd/Rite Aid @ Dewey & Latta)

  2. My Condolences to Willie, Melissa and Bill and to the family, from the loss of there loved one, Al,
    I will miss AL , I loved to listen to his stories about him and my dad ,he could tell the best ones,
    Ive known Al since i was a child and he was always the most pleasant and grateful gentleman anyone
    could ever have known or been around ,I will miss him dearly.
    Now my dad has his buddy with him up in heaven , I hope heaven is ready for Al and good ole Charlie together again!
    My Love and Thoughts are with you
    Charlie Jr.

  3. So very sorry for the loss of your father, Melissa. He sounds like he was a great guy and someone others were lucky to have known! My thoughts are with you and your family

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