Our dear mother, Ann Elizabeth Pollak, died of old age in her 93rd year on June 26, 2020, at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, where she was born on April 21, 1928. Predeceased by beloved husband, Fred Pollak (2007) and precious daughter, Elizabeth (1980). Ann is survived by her children Susan Pollak, Catherine Slone (Eric), Nancy Pollak, and Robin Pollak (Ray); by grandchildren David, Christopher, Matthew, Ted, Lu, and Desiree; and great-grandchildren Isabelle, Anne-Elise, Theo, Olivia, Etienne, and Stanley.
Ann was the precocious only child of Catherine Mary Fidler and Air Vice Marshall Kenneth MacGregor Guthrie. Hers was the itinerant girlhood of an airforce child; she lived across the breadth of Canada from Gander to Victoria. Ann’s marriage to Fred was emblematic of her discerning taste (even if he was army). Together they raised five daughters in playful and hospitable homes; in later years they explored Europe with gusto. Ann was a great reader, an avid theatre-goer, an impeccable seamstress and needle-worker, and a traveller with photographic recall of enchanting scenes. She was a fearless cook and gourmet (croquembouche, anyone?) and the first female Maître of Ottawa’s Commanderie de Bordeaux. Ann also served her parish of St. John the Evangelist for many years. She was a striking and stylish woman, enjoyed and loved by many.
It has been devastating to lose our mother during the pandemic. We are very grateful to the care providers and staff at Ravines for their kindness and care.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ottawa Food Bank.
Ann’s life will be celebrated in a private service due to covid-19 restrictions at Beechwood Cemetery’s Sacred Space, Ottawa.
Tashi and Margaret Longthorp
Our deepest sympathies to you, Catherine, and your family.
Dear Susan, Catherine, Nancy, Robin and alL of your family: I wish to express my deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear mother. These are especially difficult times. Treasure your wonderful memories always.
I’m very sorry for your loss, dearest Pollak family. Having had the privilege to know some of Ann’s brilliant daughters, I can only imagine what a wonderful person and mother Ann was. I’m sure she will be deeply missed. I will certainly keep Ann and the family in my prayers and aspirations. Much love to you all.
Cheryl and Marty Wexler
We are so sorry for your loss. She sounds like she was a remarkable wonan. May her memory be a blessing
A life well lived is celebrated
Marny Cochius and Geoff Wood
Sorry for your loss. It sounds as though your family has wonderful memories of your mother.
Our families and lives were intertwined from such early years for us all - and we all never looked back! We knew Ann "when", and for many years after. Ann was quite unique, as was Fred, as is their wholly remarkable family. Well, that's a "WOW", in any language. Lots of love from one of the Williamsons, your "opposite numbers". Susan xxxxx
Ann, always "with it" as a member and leader of St John's Anglican Church in Ottawa. She had a talent for dressing beautify and she and Fred hosted the most fabulous dinner parties. Happy memories of a wonderful person
Catherine, what a nice obituary, your mom had a wonderful life. Sending worm wishes to you and your family.
Dear Pollak family,
I am very sad to hear about your mother. I admired her and always looked forward to seeing her at Williamson events over the years. She was a great conversationalist with astute observations about everything.
My condolences and love,