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BRIAN WALTER HOLM

Born: Mar 17, 1949

Date of Passing: Oct 24, 2021

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BRIAN WALTER HOLM
March 17, 1949 - October 24, 2021

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Brian Walter Holm, age 72, on Sunday, October 24, 2021, at Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg. With family by his side, this strong, kind man left this world to be with his wife and loved ones gone before him.
Brian was predeceased by his father Olaf Walter Emanuel Holm and mother Florence Viola (Nylen) Holm, stepmother Frances Isabelle Cathers, and his wife Wendy Irene (Gaudhe) Holm.
He leaves behind many wonderful memories to be cherished by his daughter Rebecca Holm (Jules) and stepsons: Cory (Rachel) Bell-Froese and Jeffrey Bell. Brother Gerald (Jean) Holm and sister Marilyn Hudson (Terry). Stepbrothers: Wayne (Cheryl) Cathers and Ross (Carissa) Cathers. Grandchildren: Lillian and Hadassah; Jacob, Jewel, Jemma-Lee, and James. Along with numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and close friends.
Brian was born in Minnedosa, Manitoba on March 17, 1949 (a lucky leprechaun). He grew up on the family farm in Erickson, Manitoba and kept busy on the farm milking cows and driving tractors. He loved the fresh baking and hot coffee brought out to the fields by his mom during harvest and seeding time. He shared many fond memories of growing up and playing with his siblings and cousins on the farm and attending church.
Brian was an extremely hard worker and his early employment began at Penner Construction, Nylen Construction, and Agristeel. Brian also worked at Sentinel Security, Standard Aero, and Stony Mountain Motor Hotel casually. In September of 1971, Brian became employed with Motor Coach Industries (MCI) and remained there for 33 years until 2004 when he retired.
On February 25, 1989, Brian married Wendy Irene Bell (Gaudhe), who had two sons from a previous marriage, Cory and Jeff. Brian and Wendy had a daughter, Rebecca in 1991 and they all lived happily together in their Charleswood home in Winnipeg for nearly 28 years.
The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Brian. He loved music and singing to the oldies and had numerous records and 8-tracks. Coffee, cake and sweets were his favourite foods, a true Swedish Holm, enjoying "Fika" regularly. He loved animals and had many cats and dogs over the years. He enjoyed working in the yard, mowing and gardening. Brian was well known by friends and family as the "Easter Beaster" for his belly sliding performances years ago. He certainly had a wild side, loved parties, card games, horseshoes, bocce and getting together with family and friends. Family was definitely the most important thing in Brian's life, he loved his entire family dearly. Brian always looked forward to the Nylen/Holm family reunions and treasured every opportunity to spend time with those he loved.
In 2005, Brian suffered a devastating stroke forcing him to give up driving indefinitely. Although he was extremely disappointed to be unable to drive again, he remained strong, positive and never complained. When Brian's wife Wendy passed away in 2017, he moved to Sturgeon Creek Retirement Residence and became part of the Sturgeon Creek family, making many new delightful memories with the residents and staff there. His battle with medical issues over the years and the loss of his wife showed us his strength, courage and determination in facing difficult life challenges with a smile.
In recent years, he enjoyed sitting outside with coffee, snoozing in the sun for hours on end, watching over the neighbourhood, calling relatives to reminisce, going shopping to get his weekly lottery tickets and chatting with everyone at Sturgeon Creek or at the supermarket. He always made sure to ask everyone he saw "how are you today?" It didn't matter if he knew them or not, he always said hello, asked how they were and left them with a firm handshake or wave and a smile. What a smile that was.
Brian was such a strong man, extremely happy, caring, loving, considerate and kind. He was a true gentleman, always putting others before himself. Everyone knew him for his friendly smile, warm laugh and capability to brighten a room with his presence. His ability to make everyone he met smile was an absolute gift that we will all miss deeply and cherish forever. He was an amazing father, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend. We will miss his gentle spirit, kind heart and charming smile. Thank you for all the years of love, laughter and beautiful memories. Until we meet again. We love you always.
Special thank you to the staff at Concordia Hospital for the exceptional care and to Sturgeon Creek for making each day so special and memorable for him. If friends so wish, please consider donating to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue. For those who wish to attend please R.S.V.P. to Chapel Lawn between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Proof of vaccination required.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 30, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I was know to Brian as buddy. I met Brian way back when he worked the Stoney bar. That’s when I introduced him to raw eggs with beer and clam known as the sunrise. That was the beginning of a crazy fun filled friendship that had no regrets. Every weekend was a new experience road trips,music,socializing meeting new people introducing the Beaster to new people. Everyone that met him fell in love with him and over the years have still continue to ask me how he was doing. Brian was also remembered for his special dance move the double spinning back kick even Micheal Jackson was envious. I will miss you old friend. - Posted by: Rod (Freind ) on: Oct 30, 2021

  • I was know to Brian as buddy. I met Brian way back when he worked the Stoney bar. That’s when I introduced him to raw eggs with beer and clam known as the sunrise. That was the beginning of a crazy fun filled friendship that had no regrets. Every weekend was a new experience road trips,music,socializing meeting new people introducing the Beaster to new people. Everyone that met him fell in love with him and over the years have still continue to ask me how he was doing. Brian was also remembered for his special dance move the double spinning back kick even Micheal Jackson was envious. I will miss you old friend. - Posted by: Rod (Freind ) on: Oct 30, 2021

  • With Deepest Sympathy to you all. We knew Brian & Wendy for many years, and enjoyed our visits and telephone conversations with him. Yes, he always had a smile for you and was always so concerned about you. He never complained. He will be in our hearts and know he will be so happy to be with his love Wendy. Rest In Peace Brian. - Posted by: Terry & John Jameson (Friend) on: Oct 30, 2021

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