Joseph Pollock IV

Obituary of Joseph John Pollock IV

You are the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe. You are capable of amazing things. – The Lego Movie


Joseph John “JJ” Pollock IV, 11, peacefully passed away on February 23, 2022, with his family by his side. Born in Pottstown, PA, on January 22, 2011, JJ was the son of Joseph John Pollock III and Rachel Marie (Calancea) Pollock.


JJ was a proud fifth grade student at Pottstown Middle School. He was known for his love of war history (especially WWII), video games, his dog Kara, his infectious grin and great sense of humor. Most importantly, JJ loved spending time with his family and friends. He could always be expected to be in the center of the laughs and mischief. Often referred to by his parents as their “little old man,” JJ was an old soul who was placed on this Earth to teach us the value of kindness, compassion and to find the joy in all things. JJ’s life was nothing short of a miraculous one. He courageously battled cancer since August of 2019 with a resilience and fortitude that inspired all who knew of his story. In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Those who were blessed to have met JJ know that his sweet smile and enthusiastic laugh will live on in our hearts forever and will be an inspiration for all to love and live life as he did.


In addition to his parents, JJ is lovingly remembered by his sister, Bella Pollock; his paternal grandparents, Joseph Pollock Jr. and Jill (Ritschard) Pollock; his maternal grandmother, Earline (Hefelfinger) Medina; his maternal grandfather and step-grandmother, George and Lucy Calancea; and his aunts and uncles, Jason and Hope Pollock, and their children, Tegan, Bailey, and baby boy on the way; Liz and Kenny Cobb, and their daughter, Coco Jo; Gheorghe Calancea, and his daughter, Ava; Jessica Medina, and her daughter, Dylan; Carlos Medina, Rebekah Medina, and her children, Aiden, Eli, Wesley, Gabriel, and Bryson; Elizabeth Calancea, and Joshua Calancea. JJ was predeceased by his step-grandfather, Juan Medina.


JJ’s family would like to thank the nurses, doctors, and staff at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the numerous charities and foundations that have supported JJ throughout the last couple of years.


A viewing will take place on Friday, March 4, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Houck & Gofus Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 955 N. Charlotte St., Pottstown, PA 19464. A Life Celebration will follow at 5:00 p.m. To celebrate JJ’s positivity and love of life, the family asks that those attending wear JJ’s favorite color, green, or his favorite print, camouflage. If you don’t have any green or camo, please wear something that reminds you of JJ! 


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in JJ’s memory to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at!/donation/checkout?utm_source=main_nav.