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Michael Pollet, 80

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. —  Michael N. Pollet, Constitutional Law attorney, advocate for social justice, passed away on Jan. 18, 2021, in his beloved Berkshires, at the age of 80.  

He was a champion of First Amendment rights and reproductive freedoms, an expert in libel law, and a fearless consumer advocate, who argued before the Supreme Court and never lost a case.

In that same spirit, he fought stoically and bravely against the insurmountable diseases that afflicted him. In later years, even as illness predominated his life, he did The New York Times crossword in ink each morning and read a book a day. He loved kibbitzing with his many devoted friends, some of more than 60 years, texting his grandchildren and playing internet Scrabble with his daughter Alison, never missing a day.

A golfer, tennis player, and Mets enthusiast (though only after the Dodgers left Brooklyn), he was a founding member of Rotisserie League Baseball, inducted with the League into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and a member of a fifty-year poker game with great old friends.
Elegantly sartorial in his dress, he loved driving his sports car with the top down, 70's music blasting; and attending theatre and the opera in New York City and Tanglewood in the Summers. 

He will be sorely missed by his wife of almost 57 years, Sybil, his children Alison and Jeremy, their spouses Lawrence and Julia and his three grandchildren, Teddy, Bess and Milo, who adored their Poppa.

Donations in memory of Michael N. Pollet may be made to either The West Stockbridge Historical Society or the American Civil Liberties Union c/o Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to his family please go to

Obituary Provided By: Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home

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