Reginald Pollard

The Canadian fenestration industry lost a legend last week, when Reginald Pollard died on Wednesday, August 5th, 2020, at the age of 91.

Described in his obituary as “a visionary, entrepreneur,” Pollard was born on June 4, 1929 in Lower Cumberworth, Yorkshire, England, and retained fond memories of the ‘home country’ after immigrating to Canada in 1947. The following year, he—along with his parents and sisters—founded Pollard Windows, a company he loved and with which he was still “very much” involved until a few years ago.

In 2009 he was recognized as a ‘Pioneer of the Industry’ by the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association, and in 2012 the Burlington Economic Development Corporation awarded him the Burlington Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which honors individuals that have built a successful, nationally or internationally recognized company, given back to the community and strengthened the image of the City of Burlington. He also received in 2012 the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, given by the Chancellery of Honors to Canadians who have made significant contributions and achievements to their fellow countrymen, their community, or to Canada over the previous sixty years.

Pollard is described as being “instrumental in the development” of the door and window industry in Canada. His family notes that he loved his business and all of its employees, crediting the people that helped him every day to build the company and its good reputation.

A visitation will be held Monday, August 10, from from 3 – 5 and 7 – 9 pm at Smith’s Funeral Home, 1167 Guelph Line. In accordance with provincial regulations, there is a limit to the number of visitors who may attend at one time. Please RSVP by visiting the online obituary at www.smithsfh.com or by calling the funeral home between 9am-5pm. All visitors are asked to wear a face mask and are to remain in their cars until their allotted time.

The family will hold a private interment at St. John’s Anglican Ancaster Cemetery, with a Celebration of Life to be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John’s Anglican Church, Ancaster and the Flamborough Food Bank in his memory. To read his full obituary, CLICK HERE.

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