HOLDEN, Cecil Samuel

HOLDEN, Cecil Samuel passed away peacefully on October 4, 2014, the day after his 93rd Birthday, with his wife, Emily, holding his hand. Cecil was born to Charles and Jennie Pearl Holden in the Vancouver, B.C. family home on October 3, 1921. He is survived by his wife, Emily, of Summerland; children, Joyce (Herb) Frank, Janice (Gerry) Wilms, Bruce (LeeAndra Jacobs) Holden, Marion (Brian) Plester, John Holden, Ruth (Rob) Rant; grandchildren, Steve Wilms, Rob (Charlotte) Wilms, Jonathan Plester, Jadon Frank, Kathleen (Dustin) Colledge, Byron (Jasmin) Frank, Nathan Frank, Laura (Cameron) Johnston; 10 great-grandchildren; sister Ruby Rempel; brothers-in-law Preston (Kerry) Mott and Lyle Barnes; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dad was raised in Vancouver. He loved to reminisce about his football days with the Vancouver Meraloma football team. He trained as a cook and bakery chef and served in the Navy and the Merchant Marines during World War II. Following his service he trained to be a fisherman at Tofino, B.C. He settled into working for the post office in Vancouver, first as a letter carrier and then as a postal clerk. Dad married Emily Mott in Summerland, November 12, 1949. Dad and Mom raised their six children in Vancouver and Burnaby, B.C. After retirement they moved to Port Coquitlam. Dad was a talented artist, creating furniture and stained glass works of art. After nine years he and Mom moved to Summerland, Mom’s hometown. It was here that Dad enjoyed painting, gardening, cooking, baking and canning fruit. He is famous for his pies! He had an ideal retirement, satisfying his creative nature. Their home became the family holiday destination. There were many great family memories here with family! After Dad experienced a minor stroke, he and Mom moved into Summerland Senior’s Village. In January 2014, due to mobility and health issues, he made his final move into the Dr. Andrew Pavillion. Dad very much appreciated his care and caregivers. His family is thankful for the wonderful care provided to him. A Memorial Service was held Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm from Providence’s Summerland Chapel, 13205 Rosedale Ave. Summerland, B.C. with grandson, Rev. Robert Wilms, officiating. No more pain and no more sorrow! Cecil will be fondly remembered by his family and all who loved him. Condolences may be directed

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