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Born: Jan 23, 1929

Date of Passing: Dec 18, 2019

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January 23, 1929 – December 18, 2019

It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Stewart, on December 18 with his family by his side.
He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Jean; stepfather Johnnie; brothers, Gordon and Billie; and his wife Leona.
He is survived by his partner Janet; his children, Joanne (Willie) Vielhaber, Tracy Olafson and Glenn. He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Robert (Shelbie), Matthew (Kacie), Sean (Laura) and Marlee (Hudson).
Stewart's career started as a printer, while working he obtained his teaching certificate then taught in Winnipeg elementary schools for a short period. Soon after that his final career move was to graphic arts instructor at Red River College until his retirement.
Dad loved sport, in his younger years he played lacrosse and football, then later took up curling. He encouraged his children to participate in sports and even coached some of their teams. Once his grandchildren became involved in sports he attended as many events as possible, and if unable to attend usually phoned for a play by play update later.
A "come and go" Celebration of Life will be held on January 4 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Elmwood Legion, 920 Nairn Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Stewart's memory to a charity of your choice.

Cremation & Funeral Planning
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Publish Date: Dec 28, 2019

1929 - 2019

Peacefully with his family by his side, Stewart passed away on December 18, 2019.
A complete obituary with the service details will follow.

Cremation & Funeral Planning
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Publish Date: Dec 21, 2019

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 21, 2019, Dec 28, 2019

Condolences & Memories (20 entries)

  • My memories of Stu or Mr. Holms as I addressed him go back roughly 47 years. He was the father of my best friend Glenn and the coach of our soccer team. Mr. Holms was the calm, rational, smart and low key parent of our little Talbot/McCalman neighborhood. Some would say he was quiet but reality was his joyful wife Leona pleasantly talked enough for the two of them and as previously mentioned Mr. Holms was smart. I have memories of the Gang of Eight parents (the Holms, Dunn's, Cyr's and Blaqquiere's) getting together to have a few drinks, smokes and lots of laughs. Mr. Holms didn't smoke as I said he was smart. I do remember as a youngster hearing the name Gay Calvalier whispered about. I think it may have been the Gang of Eight wives. Stu, Wayne, Rolly and Joe were the four musketeers who just happened to have 12 kids between them. Their occasional relaxing at the Gay Calvalier made complete sense as where else would Musketeers go to sip coffee and play board games. Did I say Mr. Holms was smart. Okay I didn’t say he was perfect, maybe the Gay Calvalier wasn’t the best place to sip coffee. Mr. Holms was the first person in the neighbourhood to ditch the 8 cylinder gas guzzlers and buy a German Volkswagen 4 cylinder Rabbit. Yes a European car. Mr. Holmes was well over 6 ft tall which only shows Mr. Holms didn’t follow, he marched to his own drum. My strongest memory of Mr. Holms was his kindness and not only to his peers and family but to everyone he met, even the little snotty nose friend of his sons. Oh and there is another firmly implanted memory. It is Mr. Holms sitting at home in his chair happily reading the newspaper only having to lower the paper and forcefully raise his voice to yell out “Joanne or Tracy or Glenn too whomever was creating havoc which usually was three of them at once. It took a lot to rile Mr. Holms, which made him all that much better as a person. My deepest sympathy goes out to Glenn, Tracy and Joanne. My memories of your father some 40 years later only dignifies who your father was as person. Kind, respectful and honest. May God rest his soul. Warren Dunn - Posted by: Warren Dunn (Friend) on: Jan 09, 2020

  • Janet, when Janet and I met you about 36 years ago we were very happy for the two of you. We thought what a great couple. We always had really nice visits and outings with you and Stu over the years. You took such good care of each other and when Stu started to have medical problems several years ago you were always at his side helping him to look after his needs no matter what it was. The two of you made so many nice memories together you can cherish and remember them until it's time for you to meet again. I grew up with Stu, Gordon, Bill (Billy to me), our parents rented a cottage at Winnipeg Beach each year for the summer months. Stu and my brother Bob were 18 months apart in age and would hang out together like Gordon and I did, I was 1 day older than Gordon and Billy was the youngest by 5 years. When you spend that much time together year after year you feel more like brothers then cousins. We did have fun at Christmas, birthdays and family gatherings. You and Stu would get together with Janet's brother Bill and Arlene and have such good times, and of course with the many friends the two of you made over the years. Bill and Stu taught at Red River College and Arlene knew Leona as they were nurses. Stu called me the evening of the 17th and we talked about the good times we had growing up together, his curling and Lacrosse, our times at the beach and later on at his parents, my Aunt Jean and Uncle Bob's cottage. We then said our goodbyes. We will miss him. Take care Janet, Love Janet and Bruce Bodner (cousin) - Posted by: Bruce and Janet Bodner (Cousin) on: Jan 04, 2020

  • My Dad Stu was strong but gentle and honest. He was the kindest person I’ve ever known. He taught his kids, with an assist from his loving brother Bill, about empathy and love. I’m grateful that you had my sister Tracy almost constantly by by your side being your best friend in the end. You might be gone from this level, but when I reach out to your level all I see is you and Mom smiling back cheek to cheek and I’m so relieved to know you’re comfortable again. Love you Dad. - Posted by: Glenn Holms (Son) on: Jan 03, 2020

  • Stu was a gentle spirit and a kind soul . He was a good neighbor and will be missed - Posted by: Kimberley Knight (Friend/neighbors ) on: Jan 02, 2020

  • My memories of Stewart where from when I was very young and my dad Robert Bodner, also my Uncle Bruce use to take my brother and myself to visit my great grandparents in east kildonan, I am sending sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Diana (Cousin) on: Jan 02, 2020

  • Janet, Frank and I are so sorry for your loss. We hope your many memories of the happy years you spent together will give you comfort. You gave Stu such wonderful care. He was a lucky man. As neighbours we were glad to live near such a loving couple. Love, Ingrid and Frank - Posted by: Ingrid Ostick (Friend) on: Jan 02, 2020

  • Janet I am so glad you were with your husband when he passed, I hope that gives you comfort. It is unfortunate he was not able to come home and spend his last days with you. We all know the incredible care you gave him. - Posted by: Chantelle Naugle (friend) on: Dec 30, 2019

  • Dear Joanne, Tracy, Glenn and family, you are three of my wonderful cousins and I am proud of how you cared so much for my Uncle Stu. He was so fortunate to have all of you surrounding him (and being his roommates). I wish I could be there to give you all a huge hug right now and to listen to you tell me stories about him for hours. I have a feeling that he and Aunt Leona are having a great visit right now! - Posted by: Kristen Ekdahl (Niece) on: Dec 30, 2019

  • My heart felt sympathy to the family! Your Dad always had an infectious smile and twinkle in his eye! - Posted by: Esther Warriner (Friend of family) on: Dec 30, 2019

  • Janet it is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of your best friend and partner Stu. Your unwavering dedication to him during your lifetime together will offer you treasured memories and much comfort as time passes. We will always be there for you as life goes on. Love Carol and Fred - Posted by: Carol and Fred Lambert (neighbors and friends for several decades) on: Dec 29, 2019

  • I met Stewart through my good friend, his daughter Tracy. It was so nice to see him surrounded by Tracy, her children and Tracy's brother and sister. Although he had been with Tracy in the short time since leaving the hospital, he enjoyed her home cooking, watching sports and movies with the family and of course chicken wings. He was surrounded by their love and comforted by many memories. A good man left a legacy in the strength of his children and grandchildren during a tough time. Rest in peace. I'm glad to have met you! - Posted by: Susanne Richter (friend of the family) on: Dec 29, 2019

  • Stu was part of our life for a very long time. I was very young when he married my sister, Leona. He was a favourite from the first time we met. Stu had the loveliest smile and smiled with his eyes. A great sense of humour. He was a great Dad and will be missed by his family. The memories live on. Our whole family raised a glass to him at the Christmas table here in Calgary. - Posted by: Mary Anne & Wayne Ekdahl (Sister-in-law) on: Dec 28, 2019

  • I was proud to be a daughter of Stu Holms. He taught us so much so growing up to be honest and giving. He took ill on April 17th and spent 110 days in the hospital until he came home to live with me. I was able to work from home and provide him care. Along with my brother and sister and his grandkids he was never alone. RIP dad you will always be in my heart. - Posted by: Tracy Olafson (Daughter) on: Dec 28, 2019

  • My sincerest condolences to Joanne, Tracy and Glenn and Stu's grandchildren. So many great memories from his first visit in that beautiful new '56 Chevy to the farm when he and Leona were dating, to the many Betula Lake visits, to this fall visiting him in hospital. His being at Leona's bedside with us as she passed from this life. I remember him teaching us about the many properties of paper...he loved explaining/teaching the many things he knew. Free now from pain, he is in eternal peace. Godspeed, Stu! - Posted by: Elaine A Bourassa (sister-in-law) on: Dec 28, 2019

  • Another sad day, condolences to family and friends. - Posted by: Roland Blaquiere and family. (Old Elmwood friends.) on: Dec 28, 2019

  • Tracy, thank you so much for taking dad into your home and providing such excellent care. You and Glenn were at his side constantly during these last very hard months. He was so happy to be there and it was go great to be able to spend so much time with him. He was so very proud of you. Miss him so much. - Posted by: Joanne (Daughter) on: Dec 28, 2019

  • We have been neighbors and friends with Stu and Janet for close to 30 yrs. They were friendly and helpful from the minute we moved in. There were a few times that Stu had bailed me out when my car would not start and my husband was at work out of town (much appreciated). And lots of great conversations out in the yard. Kids and dogs were all welcome at their house and yard. Our deepest condolences to all of Stu's family and friends and especially Janet. He is at peace now and no more pain. He will be truly missed. - Posted by: Marie, Rob, Jared and Stephanie Andrews (Neighbors and Friends) on: Dec 27, 2019

  • The passing of Stewart makes me very sad. We spent many hours with him at the rink as he watched my friend Cooper play hockey. He was a terrific grampa at as many games as he could attend. I remember telling Cooper how lucky he was to have such awesome grandparents. Janet and Stewart sure were great and now I hope Cooper and Stewart are together again. So sorry to Terry, Gaylene, and Angie and families. - Posted by: Stephanie Tuominen (friend of his grandkids) on: Dec 27, 2019

  • Janet I knew Stu back in my days at Winnipeg Enterprises and what a wonderful man, met you years later and thought you both made each other so happy. I know this last year has been so hard on you and Stu both but you stuck together through the hard times. Your love for each other was so evident and I don't know of a lovelier couple. All the best at this time and know you will one day be together again. - Posted by: Joy Jarvis (friend) on: Dec 27, 2019

  • I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Stu. Janet you were such a beautiful couple and had so many wonderful times together. One of my best memories is last year when we all went to Hy's to celebrate your 80th and his 90th birthdays, I could see you had spent an amazing lifetime together, nothing can ever take that away. You were an amazing wife never leaving his side through it all. May you be comforted by all the wonderful memories you share. - Posted by: Al and Corie Siddle (friends) on: Dec 21, 2019

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