Fergus "Fergie" Holland
Peacefully passed away at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington on January, 22, 2021. Fergie won his recent courageous fight with cancer, but lost a heartbreaking battle after contracting COVID-19. With his girls by his side fighting with him, the time had come to help him with his journey home. Most loving father to Anastasia (Stacey) Holland and Andrea (Andi) Holland who miss him terribly. He will be sadly missed by his sister, Darlene Grenier as well as Kay Holland, extended family in the Brantford area, best friend Arnie Miller (Barb), Julie Canfield and her family in Kelowna, his faithful feline companion Ollie, and his large circle of friends. Predeceased by his sister, Frances Holland.
Born in Hamilton, Fergie was raised by the Sisters of St. Joseph (1944 to 1956) whom he adored and respected for their kind devotion that positively impacted his life. Also, his loving gratitude to his extended family near Brantford who always welcomed him with open hearts.
He enjoyed a 33-year career with Dofasco, and following his retirement, he moved to Kelowna, BC. While out there he worked for Crown West Steel Fabricators, Commissionaires primarily stationed at Kelowna General Hospital, and became BBQ Pitmaster "extraordinaire" in his spare time. He returned to Ontario in the late 2000s, and soon after became a member of the Burlington Lions Club. He co-managed the Burlington Centre Farmers Market for many years, which he was highly passionate about and supporting local farmers and businesses.
Fergie was devoted to civic and community engagement. He was instrumental in helping to build a permanent location for the Burlington Gymnastics Club on Maple Avenue with the help of former Burlington Mayor, Roly Bird, and president of the Burlington Rhythmic Gymnastics Club for several years. He helped to grow the club’s success, and organize many friendly competitions and fund raisers. Fergie also helped to organize fishing trips, golf tournaments, local hockey and baseball teams. For many years he was a member of the Burlington Oldtimers Hockey League and played for the Burlington Old Devils. He enjoyed putting together local charity events and dinners, such as "Have a Heart Dinner" to raise money for the Come & "C" organization in Kelowna, BC for homeless and low-income families. He was rooted in kindness and will always will be remembered for wanting to help others and contributing to his community.
As an animal lover, Fergie was a proud animal shelter adopter, he also loved nature, birds, wilderness, mountains, fishing as well as gardening of all kinds.
Above all else, Fergie will be fondly remembered as a generous spirit and a wonderfully supportive dad/mentor who made you feel like you could do anything. His focus in life was making sure everyone enjoyed themselves. In memory of Fergie "please have a fun day!"
Cremation has taken place and a private family Memorial Service will be held with internment taking place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Burlington. A public Celebration of life will be held and announced once it is safe to do so.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memorial of Fergie to the following local organizations that were close to his heart and would be most appreciated by the family; The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada (www.csjcanada.org), or the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides (www.dogguides.com).