Michael "CoCo" Polakovs (1923-2009)
Michael "CoCo" Polakovs, 86, of Catlettsburg, passed from this life Sunday to that great center ring in the sky on Dec. 6, 2009, in King's Daughters Medical Center.
Mr. Polakovs was born Feb. 23, 1923, in Riga, Latvia. He was the son of the late Nicolai and Valentina Novikoff Polakovs. Mike was a professional circus clown for nearly 80 years. He entertained tens of millions as CoCo the Clown with circuses around the world. Michael was a member of Greenhill Masonic Lodge 521.
Michael leaves behind Hazel Fannin Polakovs, his loving wife of 49 years, and six children, Graham Ahrhart of Sarasota, Fla., Patty Dale Dalton and her husband, Perry, of Ashland, Ky., Byron Laird of Pippa Passes, Ky., Bruce Laird of Ashland, Michelle Polakovs of Catlettsburg, Ky., and David Polakovs of San Francisco, Calif.; five grandchildren, Mike Ahrhart, Melody Dalton Hogsten, Christopher Dalton, Stephanie Laird Maynard and Amanda Laird; five great-grandchildren, Emma Dalton, Kayla Dalton, Kayla Rice, Cole Maynard and Alex Ahrhart; and a sister, Olga Kerr of Norfolk, England.
He was also preceded in death are three sisters and a brother.
A funeral ceremony to honor the extraordinary life of CoCo will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 at Neal Funeral Home on Center Street in Catlettsburg. A message of inspiration will be offered by Pastor Richie Gindlesperger, assisted by Donnie McKenzie. Final rest will be Rose Hill Burial Park. Masonic grave rites follow a solemn committal.
Those wishing to call on the Polakovs family may do so from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and an hour before services Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the East Fork United Methodist Church Building Fund, 20100 Ky. 3, Rush, KY 41168.