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Born: Aug 15, 1928

Date of Passing: Feb 15, 2021

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Peacefully after a long journey with dementia, at River Park Gardens on February 15, 2021, at the age of 92.
Married for 61 years, beloved husband of (Mary) Olivia (nee Swanson), loving father of Cynthia Olson (Robert Dowhan), Joanne Olson (William Rennie) and Gary Holman Olson (Jacqueline Olde Scholtenhuis). He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Victoria and Christopher Dowhan, and Svava and Freyja Olson. In recent years, he was predeceased by his sister Olafia (Olive) and his brother-in-law William (Bill) Cholosky, his brother Valdimar/Walter Olson (Anne, Anna).
Born in Selkirk, MB, to Sigurjon Holman and Kristin Ingiborg Olson (nee Kristjanson), known as Holman and Teenie, the youngest in a loving family. Raised in modest circumstances on Taylor Avenue, Holman happily remembered how neighbours would lean on the Olson fence to listen to music pour forth from their home, after dinner, with singing accompanied by fiddle, piano and accordion; Holman played the accordion and some piano. The fact that senior matriculation / Grade 12 became available in Selkirk, just as he completed Grade 11, changed the course of his life. He was valedictorian, Selkirk Collegiate. He graduated from United College (now The University of Winnipeg) with a Bachelor of Arts in 1950, then from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Laws in 1954, followed by a Master of Laws in 1958. The nickname 'Hoagy' began with his university years and became interchangeable with 'Holman' for many who knew him. Holman was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and lived in their house for a while. Until then, he took the bus back and forth from Selkirk while going to school.
As a young man, he worked processing fish in Selkirk and as a lumberjack in British Columbia. His legal career of 42 years started at the Winnipeg Land Titles Office, followed by Industrial Development Bank / Federal Business Development Bank, and Manitoba Hydro. Holman enjoyed chatting with people from all walks of life, though he was never more content than when drinking coffee while reading the paper with Olivia. They enjoyed their Loni Beach cottage in Gimli (built by Olivia's father, Ragnar Swanson) for many years, entertaining friends and relatives. Both were proud of their Icelandic heritage, visiting Iceland twice. Holman was a past president of First Lutheran Church, which was at one time the heart of much of the Icelandic Canadian community in Winnipeg. Saturday morning snooker became a favourite pastime at the Manitoba Club where he was a member for 25 years. Holman still enjoyed life throughout his decline, whether reading poetry with family, smiling with his grandchildren at the stuffed animal they gave him, or singing hymns at services at his residence.
Thanks to Dennis, Paul and Norman for so faithfully visiting Holman. Also many thanks to the kind staff at Riverwood Square who made Holman's life there possible, until his needs required that he live elsewhere. At River Park Gardens, he was blessed with loving care by exceptional people who have the deep gratitude of Holman's family.
Last year, Holman told Olivia he was going to see his parents, and now he has.

He is loved and will be missed.
Goda nott elskan.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • My grandparents lived next door to Holman in Selkirk, we often had parties with Holman sr olive and my amma playing the concertina. I also used to visit with Holman in the bay when we were buying our chocolate frosty. Fond memories. - Posted by: Norma Slattery(nee) Cam (Old family friend) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • A wonderful, kind man I had the pleasure of working with at BDC. May he Rest In Peace. Sincere condolences to his family. Yumi Falk - Posted by: Yumi Falk (Working relationship) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • I first met Holman when requiring some legal information relating to various hydro land activities. This grew to be an office friendship because of both his extensive legal knowledge and similar interests in life. Especially over a cup of coffee. My condolences to his family. Alex Warga - Posted by: Alex Warga (fellow employee at Manitoba Hydro) on: Feb 27, 2021

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