1932 - 2021
Dad often surprised us with unexpected “gifts.” In this week since his passing, we have heard stories from others how he “unexpectedly”...dropped by to say hello; completed a chore or ran an errand for someone; brought a treat to brighten someone’s day; gave money to pay for needs; lifted someone’s spirits with timely words of encouragement; none of which we were ever aware. True to form he left us -with something unexpected.
Bill Pollard lived in Napanee all of his life, in his generational family home. He started working at Selrite Store downtown Napanee at sixteen years of age, and managed the business for 21 years. In 1969, he started the organization formerly known as ARC Industries (now known as Community Living Services) in Napanee, and was Executive Director for 30 years.
He was very creative, he enjoyed drawing, painting and poetry. He was also known for his green thumb (seems he did not pass this on to his children) which led to many first prize ribbons at Napanee Fair for artistic arrangements straight from his garden. He played piano and accordion which was apparently Barbara’s (wife) kryptonite. She watched him play in church when he was ten ( she was seven) and this led to a 78 year romance, 62 years married. Turns out she just couldn’t take her eyes off the piano man.
He found relaxation listening to the radio while decorating wedding cakes for clients as well as purchasing and selling antiques out of his shop until retirement. Bill was full of historical knowledge about Napanee, so very proud of his hometown. He was always smiling, loved to laugh and genuinely enjoyed his life. That was the statement he made from his hospital bed a month ago. That and “get me home!” Which we did. In life and in death, he was home with his family.
Survived by his loving wife Barbara of 62 years, he left big shoes to fill for his children Kim and Philip. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Adam, Emma and Breanna. Bill is also “Dad” to Marion, a cherished family member to all of us. Loved by his sister Betty (deceased) and her son, Tim. He is also fondly remembered by his cousins Wenda; Eleanor, Keith, Bill (deceased), Beverly (deceased) and Earl (deceased). Superstar brother-in-law to Norman, Doug and Robert; Ron (deceased), Bud (deceased), David (deceased) and Bette, to whom he lovingly considered more a sister and faithful friend. Bill enjoyed being the uncle and great uncle to many wonderful nieces and nephews - too many to mention, but you know who you are. As for his friends old and new, thank you. You know you meant the world to him. Such loving kindness all around. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.
Cremation has taken place with Milestone Cremation Services. A Celebration of Life is planned at a later date. We will let you know and see you soon. Online memories and condolences can be shared with his family at www.milestonecremation.ca