OBITUARY

Jean P. Holland

December 26, 1932January 4, 2020

We are sad to announce the passing of Jean Parsons Holland (nee MacLean) at the age of 87 on January 4, 2020 at the Victoria Hospice of the Royal Jubilee Hospital.

Jean is survived by her husband Lorne, and her sister Ann (Wayne) MacLean; by her three children Kim (Ken), Bruce (Linda), and Murray (Laura); by seven grandchildren, Michael (Kelley), Lindsay (Dave), Bryan (Caileigh), Nicholas, Josie, Eric, and Jingya; and by 5 great-grandchildren, Khadija, Gavin, Sumaya, Maymoona, and Iyla. Jean was predeceased by her younger sister Eleanor (Ben) VanderWoerd.

Jean was born in Halifax NS, and graduated from Dalhousie University with a Diploma of Licentiate of Music (Pianoforte). She was a second soprano, and one of the accompanists of the famed Armdale Chorus. Early in her first job teaching school music in Greenwood NS she met Lorne who was in his first posting as a Navigation Officer with the RCAF. They married in January, 1954, and with each of Lorne’s postings across Canada and the US she was actively involved as a chapel organist and the accompanist for two Officers’ Wives Choruses. Jean was a founding member and accompanist for the Miramichi Choral Society. During these postings, Jean also taught school music in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Ontario. Lorne’s retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces gave them the opportunity to settle in Corner Brook NL and become completely immersed in the rich arts scene. Jean was the Secretary to the Adjudicator of the Rotary Music Festival and a member of the Corner Brook Community Choir.

Lorne and Jean always had their hearts set on Victoria and moved here in 1996. They became active members of Cordova Bay United Church and the church choir. Jean played the piano for church services held at the Broadmead and Glengarry seniors’ homes. Lorne and Jean were members of the Cordova Bay Singers who entertained at Mount St Mary’s Seniors’ Home for over twenty years. They both volunteered weekly at the Resource Centre of the the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department of the RJH.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the nursing, medical and volunteer staff of the Victoria Hospice, and to the Island Health Community Nursing staff, for their exceptional care of Jean.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Cordova Bay United Church, 813 Claremont Ave, Victoria BC.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in Jean’s memory be made to the Victoria Hospice.

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 11, 2020

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George & Kae Baker

January 13, 2020

Lorne - Our sincere and heartfelt condolences. WE know your
grief... Kae and George

Lorraine Powelson

January 11, 2020

Dear Uncle Lorne, Kim and Ken, Bruce and Linda, Murray and Laura, and all their family members,
Den and I send our sincere condolences. Aunty Jean was a very special loving lady and will be missed, and her memory treasured, by all who were blessed to know her. You are in our hearts, and prayers today.
Love,
Lorraine and Dennis

Patrick Dennis

January 11, 2020

Dutch, I just heard from Johnnie Moors the sad news of Jean’s passing. Please accept my deepest condolences.
Sincerely,
Pat Dennis
Kitchener, Ontario

Leslie Holland

January 11, 2020

Uncle Lorne and family,

I have been looking at all of the wonderful memories that you have of Jean on the various Facebook posts. She was a wonderful wife, mother and friend to many. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you this afternoon.

Leslie

Pamela Pack

January 10, 2020

I am so saddened to hear of loosing our lovely Jean. What an amazing woman and a bright light no matter how she was feeling. Always a smile and kind word.
You will be greatly missed and my heartfelt condolences to the family and especially Lorne who was always at her side.
Love and prayers,
Pamela

Bob MacLeod

January 9, 2020

Lorne,
Just learned of Jean's passing from my cousin Dave Robertson who flew for EPA.
SO SORRY AND SADDENED TO LEARN OF JEAN'S PASSING. WE HAVE MANY FOND MEMORIES OF YOU AND HER DURING YOUR STAY IN CORNER BROOK. JEAN LEFT HER MARK WHEREVER SHE WENT. SHE FILLED THE GYNNMILL IN WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC.SHE WILL BE MISSED BUT WELL REMEMBERED BY ALL WHO HAD THE PRIVILGE OF KNOWING HER.
PLEASE ACCEPT O UR DEEPEST SYMPATHY,
TOOTS AND BOB MACLEOD

Maureen and Peter Grant

January 9, 2020

We were saddened to hear of Jean’s passing. We are Kim and Ken’s friends from Australia, and met Jean and Lorne on many occasions while living or visiting Canada. Jean always made us feel part of the family to the point that we felt as much at home in Canada as we did in Australia. Jean was always bright and cheerful with a warm smile and positive outlook on life. Over the past 30 years we have always kept in contact through Kim and Ken, and know how much Jean means to her family. Our hearts go out to Lorne, Kim (and Ken), Bruce and Murray, and their families.

Julie Cliffe

January 8, 2020

Dear Holland Family,
The Cliffe family was so saddened to hear of Nana's passing. She was such a special lady. We were remembering visits from Nana and Jaja to see Murray and Laura and their kids and just how much our family looked forward to their visits as well. Nana was always so sweet to all of the kids (even the ones that weren't her grandchildren) and very patient and loving towards them. My kids actually thought that because Nana was their cousins' grandma, she was their grandma as well. They were so disappointed when I told them that she was not actually their grandmother! They still thought of her as kind of theirs, too, which is a testament to Nana's warmth and kindness. I will always remember her as not only the kind, patient person she was but as the energetic person she was when she visited. She was always up for just about anything! Our family feels lucky to have known Nana and will always cherish the fun times we had with her. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Julie and Bryan Cliffe & Family

Barbara Brown (Walter)

January 8, 2020

Lorne,
Sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. I have fond memories of fun gatherings at the mess in Gander. May you have many wonderful memories to help you through this sad time.
Barbara

Deborah LeDrew

January 8, 2020

Dear Lorne, Kim and extended family, it is with profound sadness I send my heartfelt thoughts on the loss of your beloved Jean. I have wonderful memories of times shared during our years with EPA in Gander. With deepest sympathy....Deb LeDrew

FROM THE FAMILY