Service Saturday for ICC director Rusty Pollock

Rusty Pollock loved his family, his friends, his community, and his dog, Max. - Megan Pollock
Rusty Pollock loved his family, his friends, his community, and his dog, Max.
— image credit: Megan Pollock

Rusty Pollock, administrator of Islands Convalescent Center, died in Island Hospital Nov. 7, about a week after being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.

He was 58.

A memorial service is scheduled Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m., in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. The service is open to the public. A reception will follow at the church.

To share memories of Mr. Pollock at the service, call Cindy Thurman, 378-2117.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Rory, of Friday Harbor; and daughter, Megan, of Friday Harbor.

“He was such a devoted husband to my mom. He would do anything for her,” Megan said. “He was a very devoted husband and father.”

He was born Ralph Goddard Pollock Jr. on July 15, 1950 in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Ralph Goddard Pollock and the former Ruby Mohr.

Rusty Pollock played tennis for Beverly Hills High School and went on to earn a master’s degree in health care administration. He worked in that field for more than 30 years.

Mr. Pollock’s death shocked those who knew him. He was tall, lean and physically active.

Mr. Pollock was a competitive racquetball player who won his share of tournaments as a single and doubles player.

“He was a never-let-up player, even if he had a commanding lead," said Sheriff Bill Cumming, Mr. Pollock’s doubles partner.

“That was one of the things that made playing him a lot of fun — he played the game as it should be played and that’s how he lived his life, as you’re supposed to live your life.”

Cumming said the racquetball community is “stunned” by Mr. Pollock’s death.

“He was a consummate gentleman on the court and off the court. He was very friendly in all his dealings with people. If I ever saw him mad about anything, I couldn’t tell. He was very even-keeled in his approach to work and those things that mattered to him.”

Dick Goff, president of the San Juan Lions Club, said Mr. Pollock was active in club service projects and recently gave a presentation to the Lions Club on Operation Christmas Child, which collects shoeboxes full of holiday gifts to send to children in need around the world.

“He was always kind of upbeat, taking the high road,” Goff said. “He was a valuable member of the club.”

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