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Marlatt Funeral Home, Swackhamer Chapel

195 King Street West, Dundas, ON

OBITUARY

Nancy Anne Pollock

December 9, 1956February 24, 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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Milica Stojanovic

March 19, 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

March 3, 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

March 2, 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

March 2, 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

February 29, 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

February 29, 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

February 28, 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

February 28, 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

February 28, 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.

Heather Boyd

February 28, 2020

I had the privilege of being her student at McMaster in the O.T. program, and then also as a speaker for these same classes she coordinated and taught when I graduated. I loved joining in to teach her classes --she was humorous, committed, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable with perspectives on teaching and on working within the school system that made her such an excellent source of wisdom. It was always a great experience. I am so sad about this loss and extend condolences to her family, which includes the wider family of the OT community and the families she worked with.

FROM THE FAMILY