September 15, 1924-January 9, 2019
It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Mischa Pollock, beloved husband, father and grandfather, on January 9, 2019, at the age of 94.
Mischa is survived by his loving wife, Lynn; children, Dr. Debbie Pollock, Dr. Neil Pollock (Michelle); grandchildren, Benny Pollock- Kreel, Joshua, Elliot and Shoshana Pollock.
He is also survived by his brothers, Gordon and Harvey Pollock, sister, Cecile Kowall; brother-in –law, Monte Kowall, sister- –in-law, Beverly Bell; and many nieces and nephews.
Mischa was predeceased by his parents Sam and Sluva Pollock and sister, Myra Kravetsy; in-laws, Rose and Phillip Bell; brothers- in-law, Abe, Saul and Benny Bell, Chaim Kravetsy, sisters- in- law, Sylvia and Margaret Bell, Sylvia and Mimi Pollock.
Mischa had a good soul, a “gitte neshama” that will be everlasting. His life was filled with good deeds. Mischa was a moral, good and decent person, a true “mensch”. He was a sincere and humble man.
Mischa was a loving and devoted family man. He was a generous and kind person who did everything for his family. He was the happiest when he was with his wife, children and grandchildren. They were the love of his life. He was so proud of his children and grandchildren’s accomplishments and received so much Nachas.
Mischa immigrated to Canada in 1927 from Uman, Russia along with his parents Sam and Sluva Pollock and sister Myra. He spent his youth growing up in Bethany, Manitoba and later moved to Winnipeg where he attended St. John’s High School. He continued his post secondary education at the University of Manitoba, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Mischa was a brilliant student. He was also a prolific poet. Mischa had a passion for reading, writing and reciting poetry. He enjoyed the serenity of nature and listening to Classical and Jewish music.
On October 2nd, 1960, Mischa married his soul mate, Lynn Bell. They shared fifty-eight years of marriage together, filled with happiness and many joyous celebrations.
Mischa was a very well respected, dedicated, and
successful businessman who owned and operated the Department store, Mischa Pollock Clothiers, well known throughout the Winnipeg Community.
As a result of Mischa’s determination, hard work and keen business sense, he was able to retire at a very young age. He continued to remain productive and active throughout his life.
In his retirement, he became inseparable from his devoted, dear and loving wife Lynn. They enjoyed travelling together, visiting their children and grandchildren in Vancouver and going to Palm Springs.
Lynn’s total dedication to Mischa was evident in how she took such loving care of him throughout his life and especially over the last two years when his health failed, wanting to keep him at home with her for as long as she possibly could, even to the detriment of her own health.
Mischa and Lynn’s individual strengths and attributes complimented each other and provided the family with a solid home environment in which to grow up, filled with abundant love and wonderful memories.
Mischa and Lynn spent three enjoyable years together at the Shaftesbury Retirement Residence where they met many new friends. Mischa spent the last year of his life at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre. Our family would like to thank Mischa’s private caregivers, Meseret and Margarita for their kind, compassionate care. They became like part of our family.
Mischa was eternally grateful to his loving daughter, Debbie who balanced being a daughter, doctor and staunch advocate for him over the years navigating the health care system. Debbie ensured that Mischa received the best possible medical care during his many hospital admissions, consults and treatments. She was always by his side.
Thank you to Mischa’s long time cardiologist, Dr. John Rabson, for giving Mischa such excellent medical care.
Heartfelt thanks to Rabbi Yosef Benarroch for visiting Mischa and for providing comfort and support to the family during Mischa’s final days and immediately upon his passing at the Simkin Centre. Thank you to Rabbi Emeritus, Alan Green, Rabbi Anibal Mass and Bill Weissmann for visiting Mischa in the hospital and for their beautiful prayers.
Funeral services, officiated by Rabbi Mass, were held at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue with interment at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery on January 11th, 2019. Pallbearers were Dr. Neil Pollock, Dr. Jeffrey Bell, Joshua and Elliot Pollock, Benny Pollock-Kreel, and Ethan Pollock. Honorary pallbearer was Shoshana Pollock.
Donations may be made to the Lynn and Mischa Pollock Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba or to a charity of your choice.
Mischa will be deeply missed. His inspiration and actions will live on eternally through his children and grandchildren.
May his memory be a blessing.