It is with deep sadness that the family of Reginald Norman Pollard announces his passing on Wednesday, August 5th, 2020, at the age of 91. He was the founder of Pollard Windows & Doors in Burlington, Ontario.
Reg leaves behind his wife Carol of nearly 65 years, loving father to the late Michael Pollard (2013) (former President), and son Gary Pollard (Senior Vice-president), and daughter Karen Pollard-Josling (current President & CEO), along with sisters Audrey and June, and many grandchildren including the late Curtis Josling (2010), and many nieces and nephews.
Reginald Norman Pollard was born on the 4th of June, 1929 in Yorkshire, England. Although growing up during the Great Depression and living through World War II, Reg had fond memories of England and would always have a place in his heart for the ‘home country’. It’s where he developed a strong work ethic that would stay with him for all his life.
In 1947, Reg immigrated with his family from England to Canada to embrace a new life. He was a visionary, entrepreneur and founded Pollard Windows in 1948 along with his parents and sisters. From the very beginning, Reg put his heart and soul into building the business. He was still very much involved in the company until just a few short years ago. Reg was extremely proud to have raised his family in Canada and to have founded Pollard Windows here. With his determination, passion and a genuine work ethic he built a very successful business benefiting thousands of customers, suppliers and communities.
Reg loved his business but more importantly loved all of its employees, the people that helped him every day to build the company and its good reputation. He successfully instilled in his family, a lasting commitment to its employees, which he was truly proud of.
In 2005, Reg was awarded the Order of Niagara Medal for his dedication and hard work in the Anglican Church community where he volunteered in many positions over the years.
Reg was instrumental in the development of the Window and Door Industry in Canada. In 2009, he was recognized as a ‘Pioneer of the Industry’ by the Canadian Window & Door Manufacturers Association.
In 2012, The Burlington Economic Development Corporation awarded Reg the Burlington Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This esteemed award honours an individual that has built a successful, nationally or internationally recognized company, given back to the community and strengthened the image of the City of Burlington.
Also in 2012, the Chancellery of Honours awarded Reginald Pollard with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. This esteemed medal honours Canadians who have made significant contributions and achievements to their fellow countrymen, their community, or to Canada over the previous sixty years.
The Pollard family would like to thank all its employees, customers and suppliers for their support in keeping his legacy alive and well. Reg was so thankful for all of you. We will continue to follow his values and beliefs in carrying us forward.
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