Nancy Anne Pollock

9 December, 195624 February, 2020

It is with great sorrow that we announce Nancy’s passing from ovarian cancer. She was the beloved wife of Grant Linney, the daughter of Anne and Don Pollock and the sister of Bruce (Dolly).

During high school, Nancy was a summer counsellor at Camp Merrywood. This introduced her to children with disabilities, soon to become her love and focus in a fulfilling and remarkable career as an occupational therapist, researcher, and university professor. She graduated from Queens with a BSc OT in 1978. She subsequently earned a MSc in Rehabilitation Science from McGill University (1988). She worked at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (1978-86), followed by the Children’s Hospital in Hamilton and the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University before retiring earlier this year. Throughout her academic career, Nancy also maintained an active and respected practice for children with disabilities (REACH Therapy). She was instrumental in her family’s co-funding of a Chair in Childhood Disability at McMaster – the first of its kind in Canada.

Nancy was a constant source of joy to her family as well as an inspiration to her students and young clients. Her professional dedication was outstanding; she served as a great role model and mentor to many colleagues. She was also remarkable for maintaining an amazing variety of dear friends. She will be missed by all who knew her.

The family is grateful to Dr. Hal Hirte and the staff of the Juravinski Cancer Centre for their dedicated and compassionate care. A private family service will be held this week, followed by a local celebration of life in May (details to follow). In lieu of flowers, donations to Ovarian Cancer Canada would be appreciated.


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Brenda N. Wilson

2 February 2021

As the anniversary of Nancy’s death draws closer, my heart just gets heavier. Not a day has gone by that I did not think of her — Oh. Nancy will love this. Or, I’ll ask Nancy because she’ll know. She lived and breathed compassion and understanding for all people, and especially for children. A brilliant mind with a heart of gold. My condolences to Grant and all her family.

Milica Stojanovic

19 March 2020

I was so blessed to have Nancy as a professor in Occupational Therapy school. She encouraged us all to be the best Student OTs that we can be, and her impact as both an instructor and a respected Clinician still guide my practice today (as a full-fledged OT). My sincerest condolences to Nancy's family and loved ones.

Alana Pontone

3 March 2020

When I think back to my time studying Occupational Therapy at McMaster University I remember the impact Nancy had on me. Nancy's ability to bring excitement to the occupational therapy profession and classroom was extraordinary. It is something she encouraged me to carry forward everyday, both professionally and personally. Sending strength to her family during this difficult time.

Samantha Tuohimaa

2 March 2020

Nancy was one of my favourite teachers at McMaster University. I was lucky enough to have her as my advisor and she was incredibly kind and compassionate and willing to help me in any way I needed, especially when I needed it most. Her pediatrics course will forever stick in my mind because of her wonderful teaching style and her passion for occupational therapy. I feel lucky to have been able to know her.

Cassi Starc

2 March 2020

Nancy was one of my favourite professors at McMaster in my time in the OT program. Her passion shone through in every lecture, making me and everyone else in class excited for practice. She showed us videos from her practice, bringing the material to life. Nancy was an OT superstar, somehow balancing teaching, clinical practice, and research. She will be missed, but her impact and influence on so many will last a lifetime.

Ute Schmid-Jones

29 February 2020

Nancy and Grant annually hosted our Hamilton Blue Dot Group for an outdoor dinner party at their home. I met Nancy during the period of her diagnosis and found her generosity and openness about what was happening to her body, a true communicator's gift. As I read through the many intimate stories about Nancy's life, I feel privileged to have shared hearth with someone so giving of spirit.

I will continue to hold Grant and Nancy's family and friends in prayer. The great privilege of loving someone for a lifetime, is the human ability to grieve the absence of their physical presence. Holding space for you all as you walk through this process, and may you do it with grace.

Colin Vickers

29 February 2020

Dear Grant and family,

Joan and I received the news of Nancy's passing from our mutual friends John and Margo Paterson. We worked with Nancy at Merrywood Camp (Easter Seals) in the 70's. Indeed, Nancy and Joan worked in the same cabin. Like Nancy, working at Merrywood lit or kindled the desire of many campers and staff to pursue professional and volunteer positions in the "caring professions". Her passing is very sad. However her legacy is great. Her love for children with special needs and her willingness to help others to develop their skills in order to match their passion to help will continue to live on in her students, clients and colleagues.

with sincere condolences,

Joan and Colin Vickers

Aileen Costigan

28 February 2020

Nancy was a wonderful teacher- it was a privilege to learn from her. I am thankful to have been one of the many OT students who were inspired by her passion and expertise. Peace and strength to her family and friends.

Gordon Bullivant

28 February 2020

Such wonderful memories of a great friend and colleague, who was respected by everyone, for her compassion and advocacy for children. Nancy was our neighbour in her early days at Children's hospital in Calgary. The best smile ever! My thoughts are with the family and friends at this difficult time.

Johanna Darrah

28 February 2020

Nancy was one of my favourite people. It was a privilege to work with her. We didn’t see each other often but every encounter was a learning experience and always fun. I will miss her.

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