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John C. Polglase

July 14, 1942 ~ August 21, 2017 (age 75)

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Memorial Service
August 26, 2017

10:30 AM
Columbia Congregational Church
325 CT-87
Columbia, CT 06237

John C. Polglase, 75, of Columbia, CT, died Monday August 21, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.  He was the son of the late Burton C. and Vivian(Mettling) Polglase, was born in Chicago and was a graduate of White Plains High School. He attained his BFA from Carnegie Tech. He taught in the theater Depts. at Pomona U. (CA), Ryder College (NJ), Colby Jr. College (NH), and Boston University. Subsequently, John worked in sales for theatrical and emergency lighting (Capron, Swivelier, Dual-Lite, and Concealite). After retiring, John was a dedicated and passionate volunteer at Covenant Soup Kitchen and the No-Freeze shelter in Willimantic. He was a member of the Columbia Congregational Church and affiliated with Middlebury Congregational Church. Besides his family and the theater, he loved cooking and helping others.  He is survived by his wife, Reverend Betsey Hinchman Polglase, his daughters Rebecca Bronwyn of Seattle and Abigail Jean (son-in-law Patrick) Lynch of Scituate (MA) and grand-daughter Hannah Jane. He is predeceased by his only brother Burton. There are no calling hours.  A memorial service will be held Saturday August 26, 2017 at 10:30am at the Columbia Congregational Church, 325 Rte. 87 Columbia, CT 06237.  It was John’s wishes that everyone wear bright colors, no black.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the No Freeze Shelter(WRNFHC) P.O. Box 46, Willimantic, CT 06226 or Columbia Congregational Church, 325 Rte. 87, Columbia, CT 06237.  For an online memorial guestbook please visit




Charitable donations may be made to:

No Freeze Shelter (WRNFHC)
P.O. Box 46, Willimantic CT 06226

Columbia Congregational Church
325 Rte. 87, Columbia CT 06237

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