elevated YMdrN June 17, 1949 – August 11, 2020
elevated YMdrN Obituary
elevated YMdrN Derrick Adolphus Pollard was born in Linden, Guyana, on the 17th day of June 1949 to the late Fitzgerald and Verona Pollard, he was also the brother of the late Ingrid Pollard. Derrick was the husband of Claudia Pollard, and father to Damion Pollard and Danah Lavallin. He was the father-in-law of Stephen Lavallin and Kate Pollard, he was also a soon to be grandfather. He was the uncle of Quillana Pollard Bollers and great uncle to Shawn and Savannah Bollers. He was a friend to many.
elevated YMdrN Derrick, also known as Polly, attended the Mackenzie Primary School before continuing to the all-age school, after which he pursued the field of mechanics. Polly was in love with motorcycles and enjoyed riding, but an unfortunate accident parted him from this joy. However, as fate would have it while spending time in the Mackenzie Hospital for injuries acquired during the accident, he met a beautiful and intelligent young nurse, who he just had to make his wife. Derrick and Claudia were married on the 27th of September 1975 in Guyana and have remained husband and wife for forty-four years. Their union blessed them with two beautiful children who loved their father dearly. Derrick was a brave adventurer, where at the young age of twenty-three, he left his beloved home for a life filled with opportunity in Canada. Upon arriving he studied hard at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute before working as a millwright for over twenty years.
elevated YMdrN Life took its course and fate had him become a stay at home father, where he took on any challenge that came his way. Derrick lived life to the fullest, making friends with everyone that he met. He would walk around the neighbourhood without stopping to talk with friends. In a single day of catching up with friends, Derrick would be strengthening connections with people in Canada, United States, England, Guyana, Jamaica, India, and Barbados, just to name a few. He carried with him an essence of dedication and strength as he battled many illnesses, never forgetting to make everyone feel safe. Derrick was a devout Catholic who always cared for his family and friends.
elevated YMdrN In between cooking his hometown favourites cook up rice, pepper pot, and curry, and looking through endless albums of moments he captured, he would always play the best music from all around the world, continuously adding to his record collection, making sure to have something for everyone. Derrick, a true entertainer at heart, made it his mission to make everyone around him smile, and he cared for his family and friends as he was only a phone call away. His kind, loving nature will be missed by everyone. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
elevated YMdrN If wished, Donations to Alzheimer’s Society of Canada may be made in memory of Derrick.
elevated YMdrN Due to the COVID-19 government restrictions on public gatherings only invited guests are able to attend the funeral service. All family, friends and guests are required to wear masks inside the funeral home at all times.
elevated YMdrN Sending your love and support at this time is very much appreciated, and we welcome your messages of condolence.
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My childhood friend as we would usually say, we started out at 3 years old. The close of retirees who would come for you bithday & mine take you to the restaurant for a nice meal social gathering we all would see the express feeling of joy. We would later go to your home have a drink & chat of the pass especially our upbringing back home.
You were a loving family man, generous, no fuss on things you cant control. Personally I’ll miss the good food you cook, Your words. (You All eat up!).
Your Retiree friends Love you back!
You’re in a better place.
Love ya man!
To the Pollard family,
Sending our sincerest condolences for your loss. We are praying that God gives you His overwhelming peace and hope during this time.
Barry and Melina Kennedy
Polly you lived life you will be missed. Rest in Peace