OBITUARY

Donald James Leo Holbein

20 July , 19401 December , 2018
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Holbein Donald James Leo – Age 78,Deep Brook , Annapolis Co; passed away December 1, 2018 in the Digby General Hospital.

Born in Toronto, ON; he was a son of the late William and Mary Margaret (Thomas) Holbein. He was employed as Jail keeper for 4 years, dog catcher for 2 years , employed as a janitor for 12 years in Bear River and Annapolis. He was a Cub Leader in Bear River and he enjoyed going to yard sales and was an old bottle collector.

Surviving are his spouse Valerie Ann Ruth Holbein, daughter Liane (Donald) Johnson, sons Donald (Stephanie) Holbein Jr., Bradley (Sarah) Holbein, daughter in law Darlene Holbein, sister Deanna Isley , sisters in law Mary Milner and Helen Brazolot, grandchildren Evan (Samantha) Holbein, Brett Holbein, Justin (Heather) Johnson, Katie (Jon) Pascoe, Jessica (Kevin) Wright, Hudson and Paton Gosse, great grandchildren Noah, Lathan, Mason Pascoe, Bentley, Lexus, Hudson Johnson, Emma and James Wright, Beckett Holbein, grand fur babies, nieces and nephews, Paul , David, Alissa Milner, Kevin and Kim Brazolot, James Dean Isley, Jeanette Beaver, Mark, Brant , Kari, Mike Holbein. He was predeceased by brother William Jr., sister Dianne and brother in laws Brian, Gerald, and James.

A Celebration of Donald’s life will be held 7 - 9pm , Friday, December 7, from Jayne’s Funeral Home, 7 Birch St. Digby. Mr. Wayne Isles officiating. Donations in memory can be made to Baie St. Marie Animal Society 1390 Patrice Rd. Church Point, NS B0W 1M0.

Special Thanks to Dr. John Black and the nurses of Digby General Hospital for their care and compassion. Family and friends can sign the guest book at www.jaynesfuneralhome.com

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  • A Celebration of Donald’s Life Friday, 7 December , 2018
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Donald James Leo Holbein

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Brett Holbein

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Rest In Peace Grandpa i will miss you very much you will always be in my heart. Thank you for teaching me how to play chess and for just being an overall funny guy i love you grandpa. Rest In Peace

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Biography

“Anything is possible.” That is what Donald James Leo Holbein believed about life. He was a creative man, a perpetual inventor, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting him. He had faith in his ability to find those solutions. Donald thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. He possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. Donald was a person who believed that he could achieve whatever he set out to do.

      Donald was born on July 20, 1940 at Toronto general in toronto ontario. Donald was raised in guelph ontario. He showed his ingenuity even as a child. When he was confronted with a problem, Donald could develop an imaginative solution, and he derived satisfaction from knowing he had that ability.

      This same talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on Donald's family relationships. Donald was raised with three siblings. He had one older brother William and two younger twin sisters Dianne and Deanna. When a difficult situation or dilemma arose within the family, Donald was always there to help figure out a solution for making things work.

      As a young boy, Donald could be found building and inventing new and different things. He was curious, resourceful and interested in anything original. Donald took part in baseball and hockey. In his spare time he liked to build go carts and building bikes. .

      Endowed with an appetite for knowing how his world worked, Donald enjoyed school, especially when the learning experience involved dissecting and probing the unknown. Donald was adept at scrutinizing different possibilities and designing innovative solutions.


      Donald was socially resourceful, an expressive person who was willing to try new things. These qualities drew a lively circle of friends around him. Always interested in his friends’ activities and interests, Donald was uncritical of his acquaintances. He was sought after by people who recognized that he was generous with his time and energy, and these same friends found Donald to be very stimulating company. Donald's humor and curiosity were contagious for those around him. While growing up, some of his best friends were Gordon Corrigan and Eddie Vella. Later in life, he became friends with frank McCreary Paul Ocouin Danny and veronica Amero.

      On December 12, 1964 Donald exchanged wedding vows with Valerie Ann Ruth Brazolot at st georges anglican church of Guelph ontario. Donald was adept at devising original and creative ways to enhance and improve the marriage partnership. Donald was seldom a critical person, but rather the one who was able to bring out the best in others. Donald was an entertaining conversationalist who was quick to respond to his spouse’s needs. He was a vibrant personality and he enjoyed verbally sparring with Valerie. In fact, those who knew him often remarked that Donald loved to argue for argument’s sake. He was very perceptive in recognizing others’ feelings, especially regarding Valerie's.

      Donald's remarkable talent for being inventive influenced his relationship with his children. He would create original, clever and fun games for his kids and had a knack for finding ways to make everyday events, even chores, enjoyable to them. Donald was blessed with Three children, two sons Donald and Bradley and one daughter Liane. They were also blessed with 4 grandchildren and three step grandchildren, Evan Justin Katie Brett and step grandchildren Jessica Hudson Patton. Someone who was quick to laugh, Donald found it easy to spend lots of time with his children, but he was never overbearing or guilty of pushing himself on them.

      As a born inventor, Donald was definitely in his element in his work place. He could easily create new and innovative systems, and incorporate those changes to bring a fresh approach to any work situation. Donald was a focused worker with a strong drive for achievement. He could assess all of the options before him and, using his analytical skills, could comfortably find answers that no one else had even considered. His personal initiative inspired those around him. Donald was always good at getting a project started and then, at the appropriate time, handing it on to a colleague. His primary occupation was custodian. He was employed for 14 years as custodian by the Annapolis school board. Donald always made an effort to be a team player, doing what needed was necessary in order to get the job done.


      Donald's passion for finding a better way to do things was often an end in itself for him. In fact, that interest by itself became something of a hobby for this perpetual problem solver. Since Donald was always searching for new and unusual activities, he developed many interests and leisure pursuits. Some of the things he became an “expert” in might come as a surprise to those who knew him, but most friends and family understood that Donald simply couldn’t be limited to just a few activities or ideas. His favorite pursuits were fishing and hockey and old bottle collecting and going to yard sales.

      Donald's calm demeanor and eternally positive outlook served him well in sports. He participated in hockey swimming and baseball. Donald was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Boxing and wrestling and fishing.

      Donald's talents were well suited for being actively involved in professional and community organizations, something he did throughout his life. He enjoyed being involved and was willing to jump in and help out in most any situation. Donald could bring a breath of fresh air to any organization, simply by introducing his novel ideas and problem solving strategies. Throughout his later years, Donald was an active member of the boy scouts of Canada as a leader.

    Politically, Donald was a supporter of the PC party.

      Faith and religion were important to Donald. He was a member st Georges Anglican church for 24 years.

   

      Having the opportunity to visit and explore a new place always intrigued Donald. Traveling and going away on vacations offered yet another opportunity for Donald to expand his ever-growing inventory of knowledge. Favorite vacations included fishing in northern Ontario and going to the Sussex N. B flea market.

      Donald was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Donald's favorites was peter and he was a husky. They were best friends for 7 years. His family was rounded out by his three dogs Trixie Abby and daisy.

      Even while in retirement, Donald never stopped exercising his inventive talents, and this new phase of his life provided new opportunities for stimulating his interests. In retirement, he found new pleasure in collecting bottles and antiques. Even in retirement, Donald continued to stay in touch with his old friends and while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled.

      Donald passed away on December 1, 2018 at digby general hospital. from Cancer. He is survived by wife Valerie sister Deanna daughter Liane and sons Donald and Bradley and 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Services were held at Jayne's funeral home in Digby N. S.

      During his lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to Donald. He met the words “it can’t be done” with the enthusiastic challenge of a “wanna bet” attitude. Donald was able to recognize the possibilities a new idea held, even when those around him could not. For Donald, the traditional way of doing things fell short of his expectations, especially if there were original and untested methods for handling a challenge. For Donald James Leo Holbein, the fun of living his life could be found in the challenge.