July 5, 1936 ~ June 17, 2022

Born in: New York, New York
Resided in: Smithtown, New York

Fred N. Polik was born on July 5, 1936 to Frederick and Euphemia Polik, Russian immigrants who settled
in the tenement houses on 11th St in the lower East Side of Manhattan. During his formative years he
could be found at the Boys Club of NY where he loved to play sports and with his life-long friends,
Frankie, Larry, Lodge, and Joe. He graduated from Brooklyn Tech. Fred served in the U.S. Army as a
signals technician during peacetime and in the reserves.
In March 1959 his life was forever changed when he met his “Very Precious Love”, Connie, at the
Tuxedo Ballroom in Manhattan. They were engaged six months later and married on May 28, 1960
where he remained at her side for the next 62 wonderful years. After a whirlwind reception at Queens
Terrace and an extended honeymoon in Bermuda, the happy couple resided at 39-64 64th St. Woodside
(Connie’s childhood home) where they raised their children Mary, Freddie, and Irene. They introduced
them to Montauk Point and started the family game tradition of Pokeno.
Fred was devoted to family and his Woodside parish, St. Sebastian’s where he was a CYO baseball coach
for 15 years, a fellow thespian in “Fiddler on the Roof”, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the
Forum”, and “Showboat”, and a volunteer at the yearly parish Bazaar. He was an active member of the
Catholic War Veterans and a founding fundraiser and contributor of the St. Sebastian’s Parish Center.
Fred started out as an electrician for the railroad and the Brooklyn Navy Yards. When the Yards closed
he became a Court Officer and then a Court Clerk for Kings County Supreme Court, Civil Term where he
was Principal Court Clerk by the time he retired in 1995. Fred was a member of the NYS Court
Association and looked forward to their reunions.
In retirement Fred liked to take even more pictures, travel, shop at Costco, attend family BBQ’s, visit
with friends, vacation in Montauk, swim, and watch sports on TV (especially his favorite team, The NY
Yankees) And most importantly, he enjoyed sharing in the lives of his grandchildren, Mary Christine,
Catherine, Virginia, and Joe. He proudly wore the cap “World’s Greatest Grandpa”. In 2000 Fred and
Connie moved to Smithtown, NY to be closer to their children & grandchildren. And in 2010 they
renewed their wedding vows in their new parish, St. Patrick’s Church on their 50th Anniversary.
In addition to his wife, children and grandchildren, Fred is survived by his son-in-laws, Robert Gunther
and Paul Feldman. He is also survived on his family side by his niece Ann Marie, along with her husband,
Very Rev. Fr. Alexandre and their children, Christina, Olga and Alexander (AJ) Ioukliaevskikh. And his
nephew William, along with his wife Joanne and their children Robert and Katherine Polik and his
nephew Michael Polik. He is predeceased by his parents and siblings, William Polik and Olga Hotrovich,
and his niece, Christine Hotrovich.
Fred celebrated his 62 nd Wedding Anniversary hand-in-hand with his loving wife & family.
On June 17, 2022, he returned to his Heavenly Father. Fred died, as he wished, at home on hospice with
his beautiful bride, Connie.

How Do You Measure a Father’s Love?

Do you start at the beginning with his wide grin as he holds you for the first time?
Or perhaps at the end, when your Daddy now in his hospice bed tells you, “Have a wonderful vacation
and bring me back some candy.”?
Do you measure:
The miles he drives from Woodside to Long Island and back all summer to bring his family to the beach
and play The Friendly Sea Monster ferrying you through the water on his broad shoulders?
The richness of his voice as he & mom sing their duet of “Happy Birthday to You” or its loudness as you
sing “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” together?
The depth of his devotion to teaching you the faith by his example?
The carloads of Key Food groceries to feed his family?
The height you reach as he lifts you to “Touch the Ceiling,” or how high you feel from his encouraging
words, “Try your best.”, “You can do it!”, “Don’t give up.”, “Good Job!”, “I’m proud of you.”?
The one or two times he looks you in the eyes and sincerely and humbly says, “I’m sorry.”?
The heavy weight of paying for your housing, food, clothing, schooling, extracurricular activities, braces,
Montauk vacations, health care, Christmas presents, parties, parties and more parties, wedding, and
gifts for the grandkids?
The intensity of gratitude you feel for EVERYTHING he does for you?
The twinkle in his eyes as he delivers a witty remark that makes you laugh & laugh?
The bowlfuls of oatmeal, kasha, and cream of wheat he cooks for you every school morning?
The Tenderness he shows when he cares for your children?
The volumes of photo albums, a treasure trove of precious memories that you spent together?
The single tear that falls as he lifts your veil and gives away the bride?
Or the buckets of tears you cry as you write this, dearly missing him and at the same time rejoicing that
he is now Home?
The strength of his arms as you get lost in his embrace and he tells you, “I love you.”?
. . . ?
A Father’s love is immeasurable.

Irene Feldman

Services

Visitation: June 24, 2022 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.
SMITHTOWN, NY 11787


Second Visitation: June 24, 2022 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.
SMITHTOWN, NY 11787


Mass: June 25, 2022 9:30 am

St. Patrick's R C Church Smithtown
280 E Main St
SMITHTOWN, NY 11787


Interment:

Oakwood Cemetery
3 Moffitt Boulevard
Bay Shore, NY 11706


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Charities

The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Fred N. Polik 's name.

The Boys Club of New York Church Street Station

P.O. Box 3302
New York,, NY

https://www.bcny.org/support/donate/

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

P.O. Box 5028
Hagerstown, MD
646.227.3546
https://www.mskcc.org/

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  1. I LOVE YOU DADDY. You Will Always be a Part of Me in My Heart and Memories Each and Every Day. Your First Born. Love, ox (Hugs and Kisses) Mary

  2. I know in my heart that you are in a better place, that you’ll always watch over us from Heaven and celebrate all future holidays and celebrations with us in spirit. I love you Grandpa and I will miss you.

    With Love from your Granddaughter,
    Mary Christine

  3. Dad, you were an inspiration for us all. I will miss you not being with us at the times you always were.
    Rest in peace. Bob

  4. I will always remember and appreciate Uncle Fred’s warm smile, positive attitude, and enthusiasm. I will miss him very much.

    Wishing the entire family much love and support,
    nephew William

  5. candleMy Daddy is/was an extraordinary special man who cared deeply about his Wife, Children, Grandchildren, Parents, Brother, Sister, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, In-Laws, Friends, and Acquaintances and he showed that to us all. He was never too busy for anyone who needed him. We all have very happy (and some sad) memories with him. He Loved Each and everyone of Us with All His Heart and Soul. I am Missing You More and More Each Day but know that You are still with Us. Love, your Daughter, Mary

  6. I am not a writer, like my sister, Irene, so here are just some reflective memories: Growing up at the house in Woodside: Baba living with us, Concrete Backyard B-B-Q’s, the various child swimming pools and dunking pails of water over your head (which your grandkids did too), playing in the sandbox with Ann Marie and Christy and also William and Michael, learning to ride our bikes down the driveway, playing baseball with home plate in the garage and the bases on the outside, climbing the neighborhood garage roofs, swimming at the Parish Center, going to the St. Sebastian’s Church bazaar, the various plays you were (and you didn’t even need a microphone) since you had a loud voice that carried, marching in the parades, going to the Catholic War Veteran Events, vacations to Montauk and Lake Hopatcong, visiting Aunt Olga, Ann Marie and Christy at Rova Farms, singing Christmas Carols with Aunt and Uncle Gene, going over to Aunt Mary and Uncle Johnnies home, visiting Grandma and Grandpa Macari in Bay Shore, swimming with Uncle Tony at Benjamin Beach, all the Met Game Firework Night Games, going to Flushing Meadows and Corona Parks, all the Sacraments we made, going to Bear Mountain, visiting Uncle Bill, Aunt Lorraine, William and Michael in Virginia and Washington, DC, schools and Graduations and parties, sending them out to California for their 25th Anniversary to visit Aunt Jo and Uncle Bob, Weddings, Daddy’s Retirement Party and so much more from the love and support he gave us….then grandchildren and him and Mommy moving to Smithtown Long Island, NY, battling various cancers and many more treasured family events. You Loved so Very Much! Rest in Peace Daddy. Love, ox’s Mary

  7. So sorry for your loss on the death of your Dad. He was a good man. Remembering all the good times we had at your Woodside home. Rest in Peace. Rick

  8. I’m so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Your parents and family always hold a special place in my heart as I always refer to your Dad as my dad’s Best Friend. My prayers are with you and your family, especially your Mom. Please give my love to your Mom. Rest in Peace, Fred. Gina

  9. So sorry to hear about the death of your Dad. He was a wonderful person. You have many great memories with him. I am here for you and your family for support and anything I can do. My prayers are with you today and always. Anna

  10. We are so sorry on the loss of your Dad/Granfather/Husband. He will walk beside you unseen always–loved and missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Anne, Tom & Robert

  11. In sympathy at this difficult time of your Dad’s death. Thinking of you. Kathy and Neil

  12. We are so sorry to hear about Fred’s death. He was loved dearly by us and we remember all the family gatherings. You are all in our prayers. We Love You All. Cousin Eddie, Carol and family

  13. We are so sorry to hear about Fred’s death. We remember all the great times together. You are all in our prayers. Cousin Margie and family

  14. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. He was a good man, I remember him. May God comfort you in your mourning. My condolences to your family. I will tell my Dad, I’m sure he’ll be sad to hear it. He doesn’t have much longer, as he is physically breaking down but his mind is fully engaged. Joe and Anita LoSardo

  15. Sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Such a great person. We remember him well. Kenny and family

  16. candleSo sorry to hear about Uncle/Cousin Fred’s death. I know what you are all going through (Leonore and Danny). You are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope you will find comfort in your many memories of your husband, father, grandfather. May God bless each of you The Saldivars and Madsens

  17. So sorry to hear about the death of Fred, my parents wonderful friend. Remember him and Connie so very well and the times the family spent together. Rest in Peace. Denise (Gombrich) Alvarado

  18. I LOVE YOU DADDY. You Will Always be a Part of Me in My Heart and Memories Each and Every Day. It is so hard to say Good Bye to you today physically but that you will always be near us spiritually and in our hearts and memories. Again, I Love You so Very Much!!! Your First Born. Love, ox (Hugs and Kisses) Mary

  19. My condolences to you and your family. Your Dad was a wonderful person. You will all be in my prayers. Walter

  20. candleMary Christine, we are so sorry to hear about the death of your grandpa, your Mother’s Dad. He was a very nice man. You have our sympathy and prayers. Rest in Peace Fred. Amy and Iris

  21. Oh Mary and Family, I’m so deeply sorry. Please feel my love and prayers. Diane from St. Raphael’s Parish

  22. Mary, I’m so sorry. You and your family are in my prayers. Nancy from St. Raphael’s Parish

  23. Mary, Connie, and family, I am so sorry to hear about Fred’s death. Connie, take one day at a time. I know what it is like since I have been a widow now for 21 years. Fred was the love of your life. Your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers. Connie McCarthy

  24. Mary, Connie and family, We are so very sorry to hear about Fred’s death. We will always remember the good times we had together and the Christmas pictures you sent us each year. All of you have our condolences and prayers. Ellie and John Y.

  25. Mary, Connie, and family, We are so very sorry to hear about Fred’s death. I, as a little girl remember going to his Christianing (Baptism) and being the only child to witness this celebration. We have many fond memories of your Dad and your family and always enjoy getting Connie and Fred’s Christmas pictures and your Christmas letter, Mary. Sending our condolences and prayers. Olga and Vic W.

  26. We Love You Very Much Fred/Daddy! It was very hard and sad to Kiss and say Good Bye to you yesterday. We say prayers for you and know that you will intercede for us with God the Father, Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ and with God the Holy Spirit along with The Blessed Mother, Mary, and all the Angels and Saints and our deceased family members and friends. We know and are relived that you are no longer suffering and that YOU Are Always a part of Us. All Our Love, ox (hugs and kisses) Connie, Mary, Bob, Mary Christine, Freddie, Virginia, Irene, Paul, Catherine, and Joe

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