Richard Pollard

Richard Pollard

Sunday, August 18th, 1946 Sunday, June 30th, 2019

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Obituary for Richard Alan Pollard

Richard Alan Pollard
Richard’s life was cut short by glioblastoma. He leaves behind his heart-broken wife, Sharon, son Adam (Jo-Ann), granddaughter Alexa, his sister Barbara Williams (Rick Dobson), nephew Matthew Williams (Chris), and niece Katie Williams. Richard taught biology, a job he loved, at ODSS for 26 years. He had a wonderful rapport with his students genuinely enjoying enriching their lives in an entertaining way. Always curious about the world, he spent his life in the pursuit of knowledge. His warm and friendly personality was a great asset to him as a volunteer escort for 17 years at Headwaters Health Care Centre. His sense of humour and larger than life laugh brought joy to all those whose lives he touched. Among his many joys were his love of classical music, British humour, wine, tea, cats and golf. He will be greatly missed by all of us who loved him so much.
A heart felt thank you to Dr.Candusso, a palliative care doctor, and the dedicated Bayshore nurses and PSW’s who helped us daily. A special thank you goes to Bethell Hospice for tenderly guiding Richard and his family through such a difficult time. Donations can be made to Bethell hospice or a charity of your choice.
A C’EST LA VIE reception will take place at Dods & McNair Funeral Home, 21 First St., Orangeville on Saturday, July 6, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

A tree will be planted in memory of Richard in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First Street
    Orangeville, On
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Saturday, July 6th, 2019
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Service

    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 |
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First Street
    Orangeville, On
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Saturday, July 6th, 2019
  • Reception

    Saturday, July 6th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dods & McNair Reception Centre
    21 First Street
    Orangeville, On
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Saturday, July 6th, 2019
    2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Cheri McMaster (née Monteith)

Mr Pollard was my favorite teacher at ODSS and THE reason I pursued a career in a biology. What a loss. I am so sorry, thinking of his family.
Comment | Posted at 04:06pm via Condolence

Helena Pagola

I just heard of Mr. Pollard’s passing. I had him for biology class in the mid 80’s. He was definitely one of my most favorite ODSS teachers. He taught with joy, laughter and always eager to answer questions and help his students. My greatest sympathies to his family for your incredible loss. Helen Pagola
Comment | Posted at 03:04pm via Condolence

Bryan Dennie

Our thoughts and best wishes to Mr Pollard's family. He was inspirational to many students at ODSS, including me in my time there. He was a dedicated teacher who always made learning fun.
Comment | Posted at 11:26am via Condolence

Sue Douglas

I was so very sorry to hear that Richard had passed away. I so enjoyed getting to know him on the badminton courts over the many years we played. Such a great sense of humour ! We often chatted together on the bench. He was a lovely man and my sincere condolences go out to Sharon and all the family. From Sue Douglas
Comment | Posted at 09:15pm via Condolence

Carol Riddell

So sorry to hear about the passing of your husband he was the best volunteer at the hospital,always kind, patient and friendly. He had a smile that brightened the room.Thinking of you and your family
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