Beloved pilot who flew presidents to be honored at memorial service in St. James


Family and friends will hold a memorial service in St. James this week for a veteran United Airlines pilot who also flew former presidents and other influential people during his time with a private jet company.

Charles Pollak died on Saturday after battling cancer, his sister Vivian Wyrick said in a post on GoFundMe. The father of three will be remembered fondly during the “Celebration of Life in Loving Memory of Charles Pollak” on Wednesday, June 12, from 5-9 p.m., at the Hamlet Estates Clubhouse, located at 5 Hamlet Woods Drive in St. James.

“While we find solace in knowing he is no longer in pain, our grief is profound, and the void left in our lives is immeasurable,” Wyrick wrote. “Charlie was a wonderful father to Nico, Sianna, and Mattix, and a partner to Adriana. He was a devoted son, the best brother anyone could have, a caring uncle, and a loyal friend who touched the lives of many with his kindness, generosity, and unwavering spirit.”

Becoming a pilot was a lifelong dream for Pollak, according to his sister.

“He was a beacon of professionalism, always striving for excellence and safety, ensuring that every passenger felt secure and comfortable,” she wrote. “He was proud to join United Airlines, finding alignment with the company’s values and level of service, just as he did during his work with Executive Flightways, flying former presidents and influential people from the entertainment industry.”

The GoFundMe page established by Pollak’s neice Olivia Wyrick is seeking to raise money to alleviate some of Pollak’s medical bills.

Top photo: GoFundMe

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