OBITUARY

Holden Jakob Hildebrand

September 25, 2004February 13, 2021

Holden Jakob Hildebrand was born in the early morning hours of September 25, 2004 at Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is the first-born son to Colin and Haily and protective big brother to Finn.

Holden and his brother were instantly best friends. Holden was so excited at having a little brother that he stared at him constantly, so preoccupied with Finn that he barely ate for two weeks after he came home from the hospital. Every morning his parents would find that Holden climbed into Finn’s crib and the two would be holding hands, smiling and laughing. Growing up they were always together playing hockey, catching frogs or playing dress up. Holden loved to dress up in costumes and quite often would become obsessed with living out that fantasy until he was completely done with it, then he would move onto something else.

The family started out in St. Norbert, after 4 years moved to Garden City so that the family could spend more time together as both parents worked in the River East community. He attended elementary at Forrest Park School, where he became fast friends with fellow students. Holden was a shy boy and was drawn to kids that would take him under their wing. In elementary, he struggled through class work but always worked hard to persevere. It was later discovered that he was struggling with ADHD and other learning challenges. Holden developed a love for hockey in kindergarten and begged his parents to sign him up. The following year he started in Timbits. He quickly learned to skate and enjoyed his ever evolving skills. He played various positions over the next 8 years, with his father sometimes assisting with coaching. He had a keen hockey sense with the goal of teamwork over individual effort. Ice hockey transitioned into ball hockey, with his father assisting to coach the team, they won the city championship.

He went on to HC Avery for middle school, where friendships shifted and he often felt unsure of himself. By mid-grade 8, he was struggling to find his place which drew him into questionable friendships and making choices he regretted. He transferred to Leila North after a difficult first term and felt like he quickly fit in. His interests blossomed; he began taking guitar lessons through School of Rock, becoming a member of the band. He had a natural gift for music and enjoyed learning to play music from his favourite band at the time, Green Day. He performed in four concerts in the next year, learning numerous songs for each concert. He also became interested in learning jiu jitsu. He started taking classes with a coworker of his father’s who became a mentor to him. It was a place where he truly finally felt like he belonged. Tragically, shortly after starting classes his mentor suddenly passed away. This left him at a loss and looking for a place to fit in once again.

He started high school at Maples Collegiate; he quickly became overwhelmed with the size of the school and having to start new at making friends. He struggled to find acceptance and tried so hard to fit in. The struggles resulted in a deterioration in his mental health. The family moved to the Island Lakes community to help him get a new start. He started school at JH Bruns in the spring of 2019. The amazing staff worked to make him feel welcome and safe. He could not shake his struggles and lost interest in everything he held so dearly. On Saturday February 13, 2021, Holden succumbed to his sorrows.

Holden was a loving caring young man. He was proud of his ability to take care of others. He loved taking care of his family, cooking food and he had a sense of needing to protect them and keep them safe. He was intelligent and creative, often investing so much time and energy into something that he took an interest in. From a young age, Holden sought out adventures. He would insist on taking his brother out to find insects or convince him to play out some make believe. Holden talked about one day becoming a doctor or electrician. He had started to apply for jobs and was looking forward to taking driver’s education.

Holden loved his pets, his dog Lucy and his cats, Puddin, Kadee, and Kit. He would sleep with one or all of them nightly.

He will be inconsolably missed by his parents, Haily and Colin; his brother Finn; grandparents, Jack, Laura, Dave, Dorothy; his aunties and uncles, Shawna (Joe), Isaiah, Cheryl (Jess); cousins Layne, Aiden, Hendrix, Clementine, Piper, and Julian; and many more family and friends. He was predeceased by great-grandparents, Adelore, Mathilda, Robert and Eva, Anne and Henry, Jake, Helen and Molly

Donations in his name may be made to Inspire Community Outreach.

His family would like to thank the firefighters, paramedics and police officers who cared for the family in a time of need. We would especially like to thank Officer Lee for the warmth and compassion she provided in our darkest hour, your kindness will never be forgotten.

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Mike Reis

March 5, 2021

Holden was a true Rock Star at heart. He loved performing and was an energetic member of our band. He was passionate about playing guitar and his stage presence showed it.

It was with great sadness that we heard of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers from the entire SOR community are with the Hildebrand family.

Ethan Dawson

February 26, 2021

Holden,

Unfortunately I was only able to meet you a couple times before your passing but from those few times, we had a blast. Street hockey, swimming, water slides, many more great memories. I wish we got closer and had a chance to hang out. My deepest condolences to your family and friends

Fly high brother♥️🕊

Susan Quinn

February 23, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of this tragic loss and my heart aches for each member of your family. Holden was a wonderful student at Forest Park and we were all shocked to hear of his passing. We will always remember Holden in our own special way.

Kathleen Lukas

February 23, 2021

I was heartbroken to hear of Holden’s death. I can’t even imagine the pain you are going through, losing a child/brother/grandson...
I was Holden’s gym teacher at Forest Park School for his entire time there. I just remember Holden as a sweet, kind, respectful, very athletic student.
My condolences to the entire family.

Dawn Kraft

February 22, 2021

Deepest sympathy to the family, thoughts and prayers to all

Joel Kehler& Family

February 22, 2021

To the Hildebrand Family. We are very sorry for your loss. I wish we could have known Holden better. What a talented and gifted young man. Our thoughts are prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Colin and Hailey and especially, Finn, please know that we are here for you and although it will be a very hard road, you have many angels helping you along the way. You will get through this trying season with help of those who love you. Joel, Bonnie & Family

Sue Hiebert Peters

February 22, 2021

To all of Holden’s family, we offer our heartfelt condolences.

Ty Lucero-Lippens

February 22, 2021

I am truly sorry for your loss, Holden was a good friend to me and same thing to him during middle school and hockey. He was a great friend to me when we were still around eachother and no matter what we had done or not, we still would be good buds. I am really sorry for your loss and I will miss you my friend, Holden.

Shirley Simpson Flamand

February 22, 2021

Dear Colin, Hailey and Finn,
we have you in our hearts and in our prayers. To all who knew and loved Holden, even for just a little while, we are truly blessed.
Love, Aunty Shirley and family.

Ben & Henri Hiebert

February 22, 2021

Colin, Haily & Finn, Dave & Dorothy, Cheryl & Jess our hearts are heavy with the passing of Holden! Our heart felt condolences to you all in this very difficult time!! Please know we have been Praying 🙏🙏 for you all and we will continue!!