William “Bill” Pollock of West Chester, president & principal consulting analyst for the Westtown, Pennsylvania-based services research and consulting firm, Strategies For Growth℠ (SFG℠), died peaceably Friday, September 25. He is survived by his wife, Constance “Connie” (nee Lang)
He received his BA in Economics from Temple University, and went on to receive his MBA in Marketing from Temple’s Fox School of Business. He also attended the University of Pennsylvania for post graduate studies in Market Research. What he should have done, he would say, is “Go to Temple’s Radio, Television and Film (RTF) school to become a screen- or script writer for something like Saturday Night Live”, etc.
His career included, Marketing Officer and Senior Marketing Officer at The Fidelity Bank, Vice President at a bank consulting firm, and an Analyst at a services consulting firm. In 1992, he founded Strategies for Growth and never looked back.
SFG℠ lasted roughly 30 years, until as Bill would say, “left the building”. However, during that time, he had a few diversions, including seven years as Managing Analyst, Services Industry at Gartner; two years as Vice President – Service Management Practice at The Aberdeen Group; and Co-founder, President and Chief Research Officer at The Service Council. Of the three, the first was great! The second, not so much! And, the third – he would repeatedly say, “When you get to the other side, look me up, and I’ll tell you the whole story. BYOB!”.
Bill also served, along with his Wife, Constance, on the Board of the West Chester, Pennsylvania-based Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children and was the Board Chairman of the Delaware Center for Creative Arts (CCARTS). Bill was also a prolific donator to the Girls Scouts over the years, who reciprocated by giving him boxes of cookies for every donation he and his Wife made.
Bill loved music and concerts, having seen everyone from the Beatles; to Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, the Who, David Bowie – and Ella Fitzgerald. He was an avid autograph collector for many years and had exchanged letters with John Lennon multiple times.
Bill played guitar almost every day for more than five decades and had 15 guitars in his collection by the time he completed his final encore.
Throughout his life, Bill’s attitude was always positive. He would say, “My glass is always half-filled – with champagne! And the reason it’s only half-filled, is because I had half-a-glass of champagne earlier this morning!”
He would also describe himself as being, “50% Dr. Spock, and 50% Mr. Spock”, which he claimed was necessary to provide his clients with the analytical analysis they need, but with the practical guidance as to what to do” first, next and later”.
The highlight of his life was meeting, marrying and sharing his life with his Wife Connie for 42 years. Together they lived with various and assorted rescue cats and enjoyed travel, adventures and generally loving life.
Services and Interment will be private. A memorial celebration of Bill's life will be planned in 2021.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children 113 W. Chestnut St. West Chester, PA 19380 https://friendsassoc.org/ and/or Lucky Dawg Animal Rescue Chester County, PA https://www.luckydawganimalrescue.com/
Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. 410 N. Church St. West Chester, PA 19380 610-696-1181; www.DellaFH.com
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