“United They Stand” Where one goes, the other follows. On January 3, 2016, Mary peacefully passed away in the company of family and staff at the Comox Valley Senior Centre. She joins her husband of 62 years, Arnold Crosier, who predeceased her June 16, 2015.
Mary, the oldest of three sisters, was born in Randwick, York, England to loving parents Evelyn (Cann) and Arthur Pollard. While the country recovered from the war years, Mary completed her teaching credentials, often trying out new ideas on her sisters, Ruth, Anne and Judith. She introduced them to well-known children classics of the time, Wind in the Willows, Peter Pan and Edward Lear’s Nonsense Poems. Mary’s passion of literature, history, geography and her appreciation of art, design, fashion and theatre continually grew and blossomed within her.
After meeting her life partner, Arnold, they began to fulfil their dreams by embarking on an amazing adventure to Canada. They arrived in Winnipeg, Manitoba and married January 24, 1952 and began a business and a family. Mary’s daughters Jane (Terry) Swintak and Sara (Garth) Grant will miss her dearly. She was the world’s greatest mother and strongly united with Arnold in parenting. She was a creative and talented homemaker, hostess and teacher. Mary’s kindness and generosity radiated. For many years, she proudly supported the Rotarians as a member of the Inner Wheel Club, was a Brownie and Guide leader and volunteered at the St. Boniface Hospital in the gift shop. Mary was a loving and giving woman and supported many local charities.
In 1980 Mary and Arnold made another monumental decision and moved to British Columbia leaving family in Winnipeg. Business continued in Vancouver until 1986 when they were drawn to retire in Qualicum Beach. Mary and Arnold enjoyed 30 years living together on “The Island” in “Paradise”. They moved often and enjoyed the beauty and the people of Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo, Comox and Courtenay.
Along with her two daughters, Jane and Sara, she also leaves behind granddaughters Candace and Rhonda, grandsons Thomas and Ian and 5 great grandchildren.
Mary has lived a rich and full life. Family would like to thank friends and neighbours, Dr. James Ingrey and Crown Isle Clinic staff, Comox Valley Senior Village staff, OmniCare (Arlene, Wendy and Anne) CV Hospice Society (Brenda) and all VIHA staff for the care and kindness shown to Mary and in support of her two daughters.
As Mary wished, family will celebrate her life quietly in their own time. Mary and Arnold are together again. “United They Stand”. Family was happy to entrust all arrangements to Comox Valley Funeral Home. Thank You