We are very saddened by the loss of our friend, Jean Pollock, who passed away in Bobcaygeon on March 28 due to COVID-19. Jean was a volunteer at the Pinecrest Nursing Home where her late husband, Ted, was a resident. (Sadly, Ted passed one week later.)
Born in Toronto, Jean attended Danforth Tech. She became a flight attendant for Trans-Canada Air Lines from 1958 to 1961.
In March of 1992, she married Ted Pollock and they enjoyed living in Bobcaygeon. Jean was involved with many things. She sat on the board and spent hours volunteering with local organizations, including the Bobcaygeon Historical Society, Kawartha Settler’s Village, the Boyd Heritage Museum, the Museum Antique Show, and others. She also served as the secretary to the board of the Kawartha Art Gallery and was a devoted member of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bobcaygeon.
In 2005, the “Year of the Veteran,” she published a book containing the letters sent home by her grandfather who was overseas during the First World War, It was entitled “Letters from Angus, 1915-1916.” In 2006, Jean and her daughters travelled to Ypres, Belgium, where they stood at Angus’ grave in Flanders Field. She dedicated their “pilgrimage of the heart” to her mother and grandmother.
Among her many talents was painting. Jean loved to paint and took many courses with other wonderful artists, She had several showings of her works. She took her credo for art from Michelangelo, quoting “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.
In 2010 the Wayback Times featured Jean and her group of “Super Eight” ladies in an “Out to Lunch” article that highlighted their wonderful community efforts… so typical of Jean. She will be missed by the many, many people whose lives she touched in such a remarkable way.