Biography: June Aletha “Leta” Pollard, age 72, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2019 at Harlem Hospital in New York City. June was born on June 19, 1946 in St. Philip, Barbados to Lydia Haynes and the late Joseph Haynes of Barbados.
June was a high school graduate of Princess Margaret High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Henry Pollard, June 14, 1969 and had three children: Roger, Susan and Rondel.
June worked as a maid and waitress at The Crane Hotel for numerous years before migrating to New York in 1985. Here, she worked as a cafeteria worker for New Weeks Magazine, a maid at McMaid Cleaning Services and a caregiver for Brian and Laura Diecks, before becoming a full-time caretaker for her grandson, Tyrell is 2003.
June “Leta” was known for leading a sue sue, for baking wondrous black cakes, coconut breads and turnovers. She was an immense seamstress, crocheter and knitter. She had crocheted blankets and baby clothes for all her grandkids and numerous others. Her pleasures of life were making sure her family and friends were properly fed, comfortable and happy. She made friends everywhere she went, even in emergency rooms of hospitals. Leta had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way and is known as one of the kindest people you would have ever met.
June Aletha “Lita” Pollard is survived by: her children: Roger, Susan and Rondel; her mother, Lydia; her four sisters: Rita, Brenda, Esther and Celia; her grandchildren: Dante, Tyrell and Serenity; step-grandchildren: Kiara, Qua, Blessin and Nasir; daughter-in-law, Monique; goddaughters: Janel, Alison, Rachel, Susan, Karen and Petra; godson, Winston; niece and nephews: Ryan, Carlisle, Anderson, Alan, Victor, Deborah, Micahel, Trevor, Andrew, Andrewa, Amelia, Roneisha, Andre, Adonica, Derica, Rochelle, Melissa, Theo, Miguel, Nicole, Damain and Winston Dink; cousins: Antoinette, Timothy, Cheslyn, Henderson, Douglas, Maxine, Veronica, Donavan, Sylvester, Bryon, Paula, Cesily, Margaret, Thelma and Sylvia; uncles: Bryon Sr. and Chessie; as well as many great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends.