Of Bobcaygeon, entered in to rest on Saturday March 28, 2020 in her 82nd year.
Beloved wife of Harold Edward (Ted) Pollock and adoring Mother of Tracey Cainer (Ian) of Toronto and Pamela Smith (Richard) of Vancouver. Loving ‘Nana’ to Mitchell Evely and Courtney Jade Russell (Stewart) and great granddaughter Madison Flora, all of whom she cherished. Jean was predeceased by her loving parents, Stanley and Flora Ward, Toronto & Birch Point, Dunsford and her sister, Marilyn of Toronto. She was step-mother to Douglas (Glenys) Pollock ,Scott Pollock, daughter-in-law Laura, and step-grandmother to Christine & Ryan Pollock and their children.
Born in the Beaches of Toronto, Jean loved her high school years and studied Commercial Art at Danforth Technical School. She became a Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight Attendant from 1958 to 1961.
In March of 1992 she married Ted Pollock and had a wonderful life with him in Bobcaygeon. She was the President of the last Bobcaygeon Historical Society, 1989-92 and a Volunteer, Founding Member & Secretary of the Kawartha Arts and Heritage Society, (Kawartha Settler’s Village, 1990). Supported by her husband, Ted in all she did, she also volunteered with the Boyd Heritage Museum and was instrumental in starting the very successful Museum Antique Show in Bobcaygeon. Jean was helpful to Ted as a volunteer with Bobcaygeon’s Ducks Unlimited and also the Twin Mountains Snowmobile Club. Most recently, Jean served as a member/volunteer & Secretary to the Board of the Kawartha Art Gallery, She was also a devoted member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Bobcaygeon.
In 2005, the ‘Year of the Veteran’, she published a book containing the letters her grandfather sent home during the First World War, “Letters from Angus, 1915-1916”. In 2006 she and her daughters embarked on what Jean referred to as pilgrimage of the heart to Ypres, Belgium. There they stood at Angus’ grave in Flanders Field. This was a trip she dedicated to her mother and grandmother.
Jean continued to use her artistic talents all her life and loved to paint at home and where ever she travelled. She took many art courses with other wonderful artists, had several showings of her works and could see paintings in almost any venue. Her credo with her artwork was what Michelangelo had said, “Beauty is the Manifestation of the Divine.” For over 25 years she was an Antiques Dealer, participating in local ‘shows’ and later specializing in vintage costume jewellery. Jean loved Ted with all her heart and soul and made sure he knew it, always. They had terrific dogs during their lives together, Sammy, Gypsy and Bessie.
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Jean’s Life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Kawartha Arts Gallery, Lindsay, as expressions of sympathy and may be made by contacting THE HENDREN FUNERAL HOMES, MONK CHAPEL, Bobcaygeon at www.hendrenfuneralhome.com or by calling 705-738-3222. Interment will be at Verulam Cemetery, Bobcaygeon, Ont.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
My life's been full; I savoured much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
Don't lengthen it now, with undo grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, he sets me free
Free to paint the heaven I'll see
And portraits of you
I'll always keep.
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