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HERBERT ARTHUR HOLLIER

Date of Passing: Jul 29, 2012

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HERBERT ARTHUR HOLLIER 1913 - 2012 On July 29, 2012, two weeks after celebrating his 99th birthday with family and friends, Herbert Arthur Hollier passed away at Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg. Herb was born in Oak Lake Manitoba, the fifth child of Vincent Oswald Hollier and Sarah Ann Fowell who had emigrated from Leicestershire, England. Growing up during the depression, Herb spent summers as a farm hand in the Oak Lake area, and winters cutting wood and ice. Like many other young men, he rode the boxcars to Vancouver in search of work, but soon returned to Oak Lake where he found work as a butcher's assistant. A natural athlete, he was an enthusiastic and skilled hockey and baseball player. When the war broke out in September 1939, Herb enlisted in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada. Knowing that his wife would be guaranteed an army pension, he finally felt able to marry Edna Boyce, also from Oak Lake, on Valentine's Day, 1940. The regiment soon shipped to England to await action in Europe. Showing a natural ability to lead, he rose to the rank of Company Sergeant Major. Mere weeks before the Dieppe raid, Herb was reassigned to Canada where he spent time on the west coast helping to build coastal defenses before taking part in the American-led expedition against Japan to reoccupy the Aleutian Islands in August, 1943. Edna was able to move to Victoria and Prince Rupert to be near him. He was then sent back overseas and did not return again to Canada until September, 1945. In peacetime, Herb was hired with the Federal Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector, a job that he carried out with dedication and professionalism for 32 years. He and Edna moved to St. James in August, 1950. It was a neighbourhood with many young families, and the Holliers made several life-long friends on Ferry Road and at the Bourkevale Community Club, where Herb coached hockey and helped to maintain the outdoor rinks. After his retirement in 1977, Herb and Edna enjoyed several winters in Arizona, making a new group of snowbird friends whom they saw annually, until Edna succumbed to heart disease in January, 1988. He missed her deeply, but carried on. Thanks to a well-chosen retirement gift, Herb took up golf, in which his old athletic abilities soon showed themselves. He had two holes-in-one, and enjoyed golf until almost 90. In winter he kept fit with cross-country skiing and long walks around Assiniboine Park, even in the coldest weather. In 2001 he moved to Metropolitan Kiwanis Courts and remained there until failing mobility forced a move to Deer Lodge. The family is grateful for the kind and sensitive care that the Deer Lodge staff, in particular the staff on Tower 7, provided during the last 20 months of Herb's life. Herb lived according to principles of honesty and duty in everything he did himself, and treated others with respect and regard. He was a proud, loving and generous husband and father. Though he was not an obviously outgoing man, he was well-liked and made good friends wherever he went. He was predeceased by his sisters, Nell and Ivy, and his four brothers, Les, Bill, Ab and Jim. He is survived by his daughter Mary Lynn and husband, Harry Duckworth; sisters-in-law Cammie Boyce, Sadie Hannah, and Nellie Hollier; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves to mourn him Jane and Andrew Maksymiuk, Harry's sister and brother-in-law; their children, Daniel (Minerva), Michael, and Catherine; grand-children Catalina and Jane; and Harry's stepmother Shirley Duckworth. We were all privileged to have him in our lives for so long and we will miss him very much. Family and friends are invited to a gathering to celebrate Herb's life at his daughter and son-in-law's home, 353 Yale Avenue, Crescentwood, on Friday, August 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 04, 2012

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