Death of Bertie Pollock – one of the Church’s ‘unsung heroes’

The death has taken place of Church of Ireland stalwart and prominent Tyrone businessman, Bertie Pollock. The lifelong Edenderry parishioner passed away last night, surrounded by his family.

Bertie, who was 77, made an enormous contribution to Church life at all levels. He served for many years as secretary to the Select Vestry of Edenderry Parish Church; at diocesan level he was a long-time member of Synod, Diocesan Council and the Glebes and Property Committee; and at central Church level, he served as Diocesan representative to the RCB and General Synod. He was a surveyor by profession and ran a very successful estate agent and auctioneer business in Omagh.

Bertie is survived by his wife Coral, their two sons Adrian and Keith, daughters-in-law Beverley and Ruth, and three grandchildren.

In a tribute by his home parish, Bertie was remembered as, “A great man of faith, much loved by us all and greatly missed.”

The Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt Rev Andrew Forster, described Bertie as one of the Church’s unsung heroes. “Like his fellow parishioners, I will miss Bertie enormously,” the Bishop said. “His was one of the many friendly faces you could count on meeting down through the years at RCB and General Synod.

“For decades he attended to the administration of parochial, diocesan and central Church committees, dealing with the vital work that enabled clergy like me to focus on ministry. In that sense he was one of our Church’s unsung heroes, but all of us who knew him were well aware of the huge contribution he made. He was a man of deep faith, who served God well. I thank God for Bertie’s friendship and support.

“I offer my sincere condolences to his wife Coral, to Adrian and Keith, to the wider Pollock family and to Bertie’s fellow parishioners in Edenderry.”