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DAVID A. HOLMAN Obituary pic


Born: Mar 25, 1933

Date of Passing: Mar 03, 2020

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Barb and Cheri Holman are saddened to announce that our father, David Holman, died of advanced dementia on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
Dave was predeceased by his wife Patricia K. Holman (Trish) on May 12, 2019. Dave was born on March 25, 1933 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to George and Ruth Holman and was middle brother to Ted (deceased) and Allison (surviving). Dave met Trish Malaher outside Kelvin High School, following their last exam in June 1950, in the wake of the May flood of the Red River. As a youth, he was an Eagle Boy Scout and with his brother Ted, ran two Wolf Cub Packs. Dave's Rover Crew helped with maintenance at Caddy Lake Girl Guide Camp. Dave attended the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953 as a representative of Boy's Parliament, and served in leadership roles with the Young People's Union and the Order of the Black Square at St. Andrews United Church. At University of Manitoba, he completed Chartered Accountancy, joined Phi Delta Theta. Dave and Trish were married on July 14, 1956. Dave helped build the family cottage at West Hawk Lake, Manitoba, a beloved gathering spot enjoyed by the extended Malaher-Holman families. Dave played the piano and accordion by ear, took evening classes in music appreciation, attended drama presentations, and enjoyed badminton and cross-country skiing. Dave co-founded mixed adult social volleyball groups, starting in Winnipeg and continued in Toronto when they moved there in 1969. Dave worked as a Chartered Accountant in various companies in Manitoba and Ontario, including Roy-L Capital, from which he retired in 1998 at age 65. He volunteered for Trillium Mississauga Hospital Heart Floor for nine years, served in financial roles for 30 years at Islington United Church, and was auditor for the church and community groups in Islington (Day Club, Rate Payers and Kiwanis). Together with Trish, Dave received an Exceptional Neighbour Award from City of Toronto in 2007. Dave was a loving, caring, thoughtful and conscientious son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, granduncle, and friend. He retained his gentle, quiet and happy nature to the end.
Given Covid-19, regrettably we cannot confirm dates for the Celebration of Life in Toronto, or the interment in Winnipeg. We will publish an update when we know. Instead of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice or: Sleeping Children Around the World; Scouts Canada; South West Whiteshell Fire Department.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 28, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I worked during the summer months at Arthur A Crawley where my father Stan Milne and Jack Down were partners. Your father was a jr partner and was always so kind and gracious to this high school student. I have always held him in high esteem for his quiet and gentle nature and how he made people feel so at ease. I am sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Jennifer Matthews (Stan Milne's daughter.) on: Apr 26, 2020

  • The Holmans, the Ankroms, and the Rothbergs were almost 3 in a row on Montrose. All our kids played together. What a good life we had. It has been a long struggle for Dave, and hope this quiet, gentle man is at peace. Elinor and David - Posted by: elinor rothberg (friend) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • Condolences to cousin Allison and to daughters Barb and Cheri on Dave's passing. A;though we drifted apart I still have vivid memories of riding at exsessive speeds on the back of his Ariel Square Four motorcycle at the family cottage on Lake Winnipeg so many years ago. He was always smiling and friendly to me whenever we got together. Cherish the family memories. Don Holman - Posted by: Don Holman (Cousin) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • My sincere sympathy Barb and Cheri. I go back to the days on Montrose Street and have good memories from that time in our lives. I remember good times being spent together with your Mom, Dorothy Purchase and our beloved children, along with other times when our families were together. - Posted by: Deloris Ankrom (Old friend) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • Dear Cheri, Barb and families, Dave was indeed a very gentle, kind man, and a loving partner to your Mom. Their presence is very much missed at the lake. Sending heartfelt condolences to you all on the loss of your beloved father and grandfather. - Posted by: Terri Cherniack (lake neighbour) on: Mar 28, 2020

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