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Donald Holland
March 26, 1923 - February 21, 2018
3080 Lake Shore Boulevard West,
Toronto, ON
M8V 1K3
(416) 259 - 3705
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Our dearly loved husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital with family at his side, in his 95th year. Son of the late John and Mabel Holland, Don grew up in Thorold, Ontario with his eight brothers and sisters. He left his lively family to join the RCAF, and from the RAF base in Cambridge served as a tail-gunner on the famed Lancaster bomber. After completing numerous missions he returned to Canada, where his education continued at Victoria College, U of T (where he met his future bride) and at Queens’s University. His keen interest in industrial relations led to a lifelong career with the Ontario Government’s Trade and Industry Department. There he enthusiastically and with considerable success promoted and enabled numerous Ontario businesses and programs – among them, Ontario Place and Sheridan Industrial Park. However involved at the office or in frequent business-related travel, Don’s priority was always the family. With Vivian, his wife of 65 years, and his four children, he provided a stable and happy home. Ever loving and supportive, he was loved and respected by all. Many good years were spent in the Beach neighbourhood until, after fifteen or so years of active retirement – during which he volunteered much time to the Legion’s school essay program – Don and Vivian moved to a pleasant waterfront home in Etobicoke. There they’ve enjoyed wonderful memories of their early idyllic years as Centre Islanders, and Don’s challenging two-year period in Chicago as Ontario’s Trade Commissioner there. Their fondest memories are of family camping and cottaging in the Kawarthas and Haliburton, exciting world-wide travels and sunny winters in Florida – often enlivened by family visits. Don was blessed with a loving family, good health, a rewarding career, and a long and enjoyable retirement. Warm, outgoing, selfless and brave, he deserved no less – and inspired all who knew him. Missing him are Vivian, daughters Wendy Paquette (Ron) and Lucy MacRae (Peter) and sons Tim (Lynn) and Chris; grandchildren Grace, Alex, and Ruth Holland and Andrew and Heather MacRae, the newest Holland, great-granddaughter Onyx and numerous nieces and nephews. Don was predeceased by brothers Clifford and Jack and sisters Margaret, Betty, and Mabel. Surviving are brothers Bob, Jim, and Howard (Nancy). The family is most grateful for the compassion and care Don received from the Cardiac Staff at St. Joseph’s. As he wished, there was no funeral; a scattering of ashes will take place in the spring. Messages of condolence may be left at