OBITUARY

Tamas Holtz

November 24, 1946October 11, 2020

Tamás JWR Holtz 24 novembre 1946-11 octobre 2020

C’est avec grande tristesse que nous vous annonçons le décès de Tom. Il nous a quitté subitement le 11 octobre 2020. Il laisse dans le deuil son épouse Normande Adam, son fils Franz et sa fille Anicée (Jordan Pavezka), son frère Andy ainsi que beaux-frères et belles-soeurs, neveux et nièces, plusieurs ami(e)s et collègues.

Il a passé la majeure partie de sa carrière d’enseignant au sein du département des sciences à l’école secondaire Gloucester d’Ottawa. Il était aimé et respecté autant de ses collègues que ses élèves. Tom était grandement impliqué auprès de ses étudiants et actif dans les activités parascolaires, en tant qu’entraineur de ski de fond, d’athlétisme et de football. Il se réjouissait de voir ses élèves excéller au niveau académique et sportif.

Depuis sa retraite, il vivait dans les Laurentides avec son épouse et s’adonnait à ses passe-temps préférés: promenades en nature, raquette, ski, cinema, lecture et restaurants. Il était également passionné de voyage et aimait aller à la découverte du monde.

Sa bonne humeur, sa joie de vivre et son dévouement nous manqueront à jamais.

Une cérémonie aura lieu ultérieurement lorsque les restrictions liées à la pandémie seront levées.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Tom on October 11th 2020. He is survived by his wife Normande Adam, son Franz, daughter Anicée (Jordan Pavezka), brother Andy, brothers-and-sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews as well as many friends and colleagues.

Tom spent most of his teaching career at Ottawa’s Gloucester High School Science Department. He was affectionately known by students, colleagues and faculty as Coach Holcz, Holczy and especially Grandpa Gator. He was both loved and respected by colleagues and students alike. Beyond teaching, he was involved with his students and extracurricular activities as a coach of cross country skiing, track and field and football. He loved to see his students excel both academically and athletically.

Since retirement, Tom was living in the Laurentians with his wife, doing the things he enjoyed most: strolls in nature, snowshoeing, skiing, going to the movies, reading and enjoying good restaurants. He was also an avid globetrotter who loved to explore the world.

His cheerfulness, joy of life and dedication will be greatly missed.

A ceremony will be held at a later date when the restrictions related to the pandemic are lifted.

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Tamas Holtz

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Paul Junique

March 29, 2021

Tamas fut un personnage d'exception, un entraîneur hors paire et un ami précieux.
En cette période de grande tristesse, je me permet de vous envoyer mes sincères condoléances et toute mon amitié.
Paul Junique

Marc Desjardins

March 28, 2021

J’ai connu Tom au sein du club FondeursLaurentides. C’était un entraîneur dévoué à sa tâche et aimé des jeunes. Il a su partager sa passion avec eux et leur faire aimer le ski de fond.
Il a également siégé au sein du conseil d’administration du club. Encore là, il a su partager son expérience. Il était apprécié de tous.

Je tiens à offrir à sa famille, mes plus sincères condoléances.

Marc Desjardins

Hélène Taïeb

March 26, 2021

Merci Tamas d'avoir appris à nos enfants l'engagement et la responsabilité, le respect et l'entraide, le goût de l'effort, l'esprit d'équipe. Apprenti-entraîneur c'était bien plus qu'un cours de ski de fond, c'était l'école pour grandir, avec un prof exceptionnel. Nous n'oublierons pas. Toutes nos condoléances et sincères sympathies à la famille.

Janet Nadeau

November 2, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I have such fond memories of working in the same Science Dept. at Gloucester High School. He was a wonderful
co-worker, who was always eager to chat, help a co-worker with an issue at hand, or simply just share a laugh during lunch! He will be missed by many. He was a talented, gifted, and joyful co-worker. Maybe he is on a cloud today, chatting with his friends! Hugs and condolences to the entire family. Sincerely, Janet Nadeau

Michelle Dale

October 28, 2020

I offer my condolences to Mr. Holtz’s family.

Mr. Holtz was one of my coaches in track & field and cross country skiing at Gloucester in the late 1970s-early 1980s. He was enthusiastic, loyal and willing to share many of his weekends to drive us to races and to cheer us on. Coaches/teachers like Mr. Holtz are transformative in their generosity. May his memory be a blessing for all who knew and loved him.

Russell Smith

October 21, 2020

I have to take credit for introducing Tom to many of you. I think it was in 1973 that I interviewed him in my garden and then recommended to my principal that he be hired to the GHS Science Department. I never regretted that decision. This was Tom's first teaching job in Ottawa.

We didn't always agree. He was more right-brained than I, which may account for the fact that he went on to be so loved by his fellow teachers and his students alike.

I confess that I used to tease him. One winter we both joined the students in a cross-country skiing race, organized by Bob Edwards. Our times were clocked and posted. Tom started and finished before me. When I came in I checked his time as well as my own. He found me later and asked how I had done. I lied — and still remember his obvious distress to learn that he had apparently been beaten by a man thirteen years older than himself.

I think he forgave me. I let him know my respect for his skills both in and out of the classroom, a respect shared by hundreds of colleagues and students.

He went on to other schools. I remember when he was married, but I did not meet Normande or his children, and I'm sorry for that. Nevertheless I extend to them my profound sympathies, and I share my own sorrow with them.

Sincerely, Russell Smith.

Peter Hojczyk

October 21, 2020

My deepest condolences to Normandie, Franz and Anicée on your loss. Tom was a dear colleague and one of the first I would meet early each morning at the photocopier. It was there that we shared family stories, teaching triumphs and challenges and our love for our vocation. He taught me that it was *almost* possible to give 100% to both family and students.
I know his spirit will live on in the many many young lives he inspired in class, and on the field and trails. Adieu, mon ami!

John Botman

October 21, 2020

Tom and I met many years ago at GHS.
Students were lucky being taught by an understanding person.
He was blessed with many talents, being it good in how to teach his
subject and he loved sports and coaching.
He and I paid our ten dollars to become canadian.
Good choice.
Coffee was one of his favourite drinks, spilling it while explaining
something or telling a joke.
He was a great Human Being and will be missed by many.

Geof Hamlin

October 21, 2020

Tom was a unique personality at Gloucester. One of the many characters that made our GHS experience amazing. An enthusiastic man with a big heart and a kind soul. He was a valued Gator who championed the successes of the students he taught and coached. My memories of Holczy will be of him in his white lab coat and out on the track coaching.

Sheila Carriere

October 21, 2020

I remember Tamás and skiing with the school many long years ago. He will be missed.

FROM THE FAMILY