Born in 1924 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, William (Bill) Holmes immigrated to Canada in 1949.
He travelled across Canada, and after arriving in Vancouver, he met Vera (nee Rickard). They married in 1952, and moved to North Vancouver, where they resided with their two children for many years.
An avid hiker, tennis player, and skier, Bill was also a gifted artist. His paintings hang in many private residences around the world.
Predeceased by Vera in 2001, he is survived by his two devoted children: Stephen (Coletta) Holmes, and their four children – Leah, Vanessa, Jake, Deanna. Kelly (Ralph) Sholinder; and their daughter, Kimberly. He will be deeply missed by his family, and his many friends.
The family would like to extend a very special thanks to the staff at Hampton House and Cascade Lodge in Chilliwack for the wonderful care he received.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Chilliwack, BC, at 1:00 pm with a gathering to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson’s Society would be greatly appreciated.
Online condolences can be left at www.mem.com