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"He was wonderful, kind, caring person;" Friends remember Dry Fork man killed in accident

Robert Pollock (left) and his son (right) (Photo provided by Wayne Moore of Pollock)

PITTSYLVANIA Co., Va. (WSET) -- A freak accident in Pittsylvania County on Monday took the life a well-known and well-loved teacher and friend.

Robert Pollock died when a tree he was cutting down on fell on him.

Pollock taught at Tunstall High School for more than 30 years.

"We saw him every day, either in a truck, tractor, or in person talking, waiving, sharing, you're not going to see that now," said Wayne Moore, Pollock's pastor at St. John's United Methodist Church.

Robert, Barney, or Bob, they're all names Pollock was known by.

"He was wonderful, kind, caring person in his own way, that's how I knew him," said Ryan Allen, a former student. "We probably wouldn't have made it out of Tunstall with our heads on straight if it wasn't for teachers like him, he took an interest in all of us."

Investigators said Pollock was cutting a tree outside his home Monday evening in Dry Fork when a witness told them it fell back on him.

"It's a sad thing how accidents happen, it shouldn't have happened he was in a safe zone, tree snapped half way up and got him and pinned him," Moore said. "I know that our church, our community is in a tremendous shock of the loss of a champion of a Christian man, a true friend, and people enjoyed his presence. We'd chew the fat and tell some jokes."

Pollock was also well-known in the agriculture industry, a craftsman, and active in Future Farmers of America.

"He wasn't one of the guys that went off the book," Moore said. "He taught things that were user friendly: how to weld and how to build."

It's clear that Pollock left a lasting impression on everyone who knew him.

"All that now has fallen on to Robert, and I know it's going to be a tough load, but his father had prepared him," Moore added.

Those close to him said he will never be replaced.

"The community as a whole has lost a fine example of a human being," Allen said. "There's no replacement."

Pollock's students said they plan to hold a memorial for him, but aren't sure of a date yet.

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