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.

Services

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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.

Larry Kry

October 20, 2020

Lucky us, that Tom was a part of our lives. Tom was a good person. When I think of Tom, I think of him as typically smiling and being happy. I find those to be desirable qualities in person that you are spending time with.

I also admired Tom’s dedication to his students. Tom did not do the bare minimum required of a teacher. Tom did help to make the world a better place.

Moments before the attached photo was taken, Tom was being silly… he was pretending that he was a PHYSICS teacher. Tom had just finished writing on the blackboard, “There is no such thing as gravity. The earth is flat”!

Terence Hill

October 20, 2020


I first met Tom at Gloucester High in my first years of teaching. We got along fabulously as Tom enjoyed speaking French. He was very proud to introduce me to his lovely French Canadian fiancée Normande. Over many years we would visit and dine with Tom and Normande and their children and they would come over since they were our neighbours in Beacon Hill. Tom even came over in the middle of the night to babysit for us when I had to rush Lise to the hospital for the birth of another of our children.
Missed him and the chats when they moved to Montreal area.
Sincere condolences to Normande, Franz and Anicée.
Terry and Lise

Terry Hill

Ruggles Pritchard

October 20, 2020

I worked with Tom at Gloucester for almost fourteen years and like so many, I was inspired by his love of kids coaching and his beloved Science Department. The English and Science Departments shared prep rooms and a lunch table and I well recall the all too few occasions when we could share a sandwich and a story, memories of a great colleague, coach and teacher.
My sincere condolences to Tom' s family on your untimely loss.

Barry Nicoll

October 20, 2020

OMG Tom...I cannot believe you have left us. I saw you last a few months ago, in great form , at a Cairine Wilson lunch. You will be remembered as kind, compassionate man, with so much love for your students and your absolute dedication to excellence.. I am deeply saddened with your passing mon ami.

To your family... I have known Tom for many years spanning GHS and CW; there was not a more dedicated and passionate teacher than Tamas...he was an outstanding example of true professionalism.

My profound sympathies to all.

Barry Nicoll
VP CW & GHS

André Bernier

October 20, 2020

J'ai connu Tamas au Ciné-club d'Ottawa oú nous avons oeuvré pendant de nombreuses années. Comme mes anciens collègues, j'ai toujours apprécié ses contributions aux discussions et particulièrement à la programmation des séries. Son sens de l'humour et sa bonhommie étaient toujours présents.

Nous partagions un intérêt pour le ski de fond et avons discuté technique à maintes reprises. Même séparés géographiquement depuis quelques années, notre amitié ne s'est jamais démentie. Tamas va me manquer.

Sincères condoléances à Normande et la famille.

FROM THE FAMILY