POLLARD, Edward: Nov. 9, 1925 - Dec. 28, 2016. Edward Pollard born Nov 9, 1925, entered into rest peacefully on December 28, 2016 after struggles with dementia and pneumonia at the Kelowna General Hospital aged 91 years. Edward will be lovingly remembered by daughter Dale, grandson James Pollard Field, nieces Pamela Kertland, Heather Kertland (Tom Brown), nephew Scott Kertland (Cherie), half stepsister, Dorisa Faith, and fellow matelots of the Kelowna Naval Veterans Association. Edward was predeceased by his wife, Joann, parents Roscoe and Elizabeth Pollard, brothers John and Richard, and far too many dear friends and shipmates to list As a boy, he delighted in joining his pals on their bikes, riding all day and chasing through the streets of Toronto whenever an aircraft flew overhead. His idyllic boyhood was shattered when his father, a CPR workman died far from home. Without social services to help, his fragile mother lost her boys to foster care, and they were scattered. Starting his naval life as a boy sailor in the Merchant Marine at the start of WWII, Edward joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941. Primarily serving on the HMCS Uganda (the only ship of the entire war to serve in every battle station) Edward was discharged in Vancouver at war's end. After the war, he trained as a surveyor, and spent several years surveying the North of Superior section of the new TCH. He met a pretty, shy, blonde in Winnipeg, named Joann Nielsen, and they ran off to be married in Sault Ste. Marie, honeymooning in the caboose of a CPR train. Wishing to establish roots, he began work for General Motors in Oshawa and took advantage of the Veterans Land Act to purchase their first home on Harmony Road. Following their daughter west, Ed and Joann moved to Kelowna in 1987, after Ed's 1985 retirement from GM. It was after his retirement that Edward and his brother John were re-united with his long-lost mother, Elizabeth (shortly before her death), brother Richard and step-sister Dorisa. Hobbies included fishing, writing poetry and amusing newsletters on his computer, golf, horseback riding, reading Shakespeare, and running in the Terry Fox run for nearly ten years. After his wife passed away, Edward loved to spend mornings with his great pals, The Capri Coffee Gang; Keith, Big Al, Fred, Mel, Len, Bill and Charlotte. His great happiness was meeting with his fellow naval vets for barbeques and fundraisers for cancer research, retired veterans and widows in need, and several local groups. Edward's family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of 4B KGH, the staff of Orchard Manor who took such loving care of him in his last months, and the good men and women of the KNVA, especially Dick Fletcher who, while dealing with their own health issues have stayed together to help those in need. A celebration of Edward's life will take place Saturday, January 14, at 1915 Pacific Court, 11:00 AM, followed by a reception. No flowers, please. Donations gratefully accepted by the KNVA's Tom Morgan Benevolent Society for the benefit of naval vets in need. Tom Morgan Benevolent Society, C Dick Fletcher 313 - 1075 Bernard Ave, Kelowna BC V1Y 6P7. Naval veterans of every age are still in need, though there are many dedicated people who work for Veterans Affairs, like Cindy in Penticton, who strive tirelessly for our veterans.
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