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HOLLINGS, Wesley Albert

February 8, 1961 – March 25, 2012

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Wes Hollings at the all too young age of 51. Wes fought an intense four year battle with cancer with incredible determination and optimism. His courage and spirit were unparalleled; but for once the man who could fix absolutely anything, just couldn’t fix this.

Wes was raised in Stettler, Alberta by his loving parents Barbara and Bob. He enjoyed a wonderful childhood camping and fishing at their cabin in Pine Lake. After graduating from high school, Wes was involved in the home building industry which included founding his own company. During a trip to Europe, Wes realized his passion for history and decided to return to school to become a social studies teacher. It was at a university methodology class that his life was changed forever when he sat next to the future love of his life, Darlene. They married in July 1992 and Wes began a 21 year teaching career at Foothills Composite High School in Okotoks, Alberta.

Wes was a passionate educator who easily won the admiration of his students. So many of his former students simply state that Mr. Hollings was the best teacher they ever had. Wes loved the little things in teaching, blowing bubbles down the hall on the last day of classes, providing coffee every morning to get everyone in on time, decorating his classroom with artifacts from all around the world, and dressing up as a Samurai for Halloween. Wes was committed to providing the very best education for his students. To that end, Wes was able to persuade the likes of Premier Ralph Klein and Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine to speak directly with his classes. He was a proud supporter of the FCHS / AHSFA Movember campaigns, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, and until his illness, was a devoted blood donor. Wes didn’t just talk about social responsibility, he modelled it.

After a few years, Wes and Darlene became proud parents of Marina followed by Jasper and finally little Sawyer. Family meant everything to Wes. He loved rounding up the family on a Friday afternoon and heading out to the mountains with the fifth wheel hitched to the back of his truck. The family was able to travel extensively and took wonderful memory-filled vacations. Wes took great pride in maintaining the family home. He was a meticulous carpenter (he hated the word “handyman”) and spent hours building fences, decks and perfecting the sprinkler system. Despite undergoing radiation treatments, Wes renovated the home to accommodate a bedroom for baby Sawyer. He was Marina’s best snuggler, Jasper’s favourite chess partner and Sawyers constant Hot Wheels playmate. He and Darlene were best friends and they loved their daily long chats after the kids had gone to bed. His death has left an immense void but we know that his spirit lives on in the thousands of memories he created with his family.

The family would like to thank everyone for their incredible support during Wes’ illness. In particular, Lyndsi Irwin, Bambi Bradley and Darlene’s family Liz, Ed, Alex and Elizabeth for providing strength and care of the children during Wes’ hospital stay. Thank you to the Bender, Cottle, Swift and Whitney families for their continuous support over the last four years. And finally, the amazing staff at the Foothills Composite High School. The entire school community rallied around our family this past December providing us with the most lavish Christmas possible. Our children’s eyes grew wider every day as more and more gifts from the heart arrived at our door. You truly created memories for life.

Wes was an ardent believer in post secondary education for his children. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, if any friends so desire, donations may be made to the Wes Hollings Children’s Education Fund payable at any TD Canada Trust location.

Wes is survived by Darlene, his beloved wife of 20 years; his cherished children Marina, Jasper and Sawyer, his mother Barbara; sisters Linda Stanyer and Lora (Rick) Wilford, brother David (Charmaine) Hollings and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. He is also survived by Darlene’s family Jeanette and Alex Marczi, Liz Marczi (Ed Stacey), Alexander (Elizabeth) Marczi.

He was predeceased by his father Robert Hollings.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Wes Hollings, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Mary Jane Fisher :

    Wes was my daughters social studies teacher a few years ago. He was very loved and admired by his students from what I have been told. We are so very sorry to hear of his passing. He will NEVER be forgotten

    Mary Jane Fisher and Rachel Altman

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  2. Great sadness!! I was a student of his and his wife and my thoughts are with his family at this time!!

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  3. I was a student i\of his too…he made such an impact on so many students life. So sad to hear about this…His legacy will live on. My Thoughts are with his family.

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  4. I was a student of Mr. Hollings and I remember him fondly. I am very sorry that such an extraordinary person has passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

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  5. I would like to just talk about the impact that Mr. Hollings had on me during my high school years at the Foothills Composite High School. I remember him having a passion for teaching – I learned from him to find my own passion and happiness. I am forever thankful to him for helping me grow in this respect. Regrettably i will be unable to attend this Saturday but I will be thinking of him and everyone else who he has had an impact on.

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  6. John Whitney :

    My heart is weak and sad as God has taken a great friend back home. Wes and Darlene were always there, always smiling no matter what got in there way. Although Wes was told he had Cancer, this was only yet another challenge he took head on. You both showed us how a family should be and not to panic about the small stuff.
    Darlene, I am so very glad to call you and Wes life long friends and we will continue the celebration of life together. Your family is in good hands, God Bless.
    John

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  7. Jill McClelland :

    I was one of Mr. Hollings students and he had a great impact on my life. He taught me that I was valued and my worth far surpassed what others said or thought. He was respected and loved by his students. My prayers are with the family. Be assured that he will never be forgotten.

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  8. I was a student of Mr.Hollings. He was my first teacher I had no problem talking with he will forever been in my thoughts. He was the biggest inspiration of mine and will continue to be. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. RIP Mr. Hollings you will be missed by alot of people

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  9. Mr. Hollings was truly the most influential high school teacher I ever had. I have many fond memories of his class, and I remember being particularly touched by how he shared the moment he first saw his wife with our whole class. I will never forget how loving a sentiment that was. It truly showed how great a man he was. I am so saddened for everyone’s loss, especially the wife and kids he so fondly spoke of.

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  10. I was lucky to have both Mrs. Hollings for grade eight and Mr. Hollings for grade 10. They were both my favorite teachers. I’m saddened to hear about the loss of Mr. Hollings. My heart goes out to his family.

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  11. I was a student of Mr. Hollings and have wonderful memories of his class. Thank you for the amazing impact you had on my high school career. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  12. Jennifer Wiens-Rowsell :

    The world has lost an extraordinary person. I was so sad to see this today. Mr. Hollings was one of those teachers you never forget. His love for teaching showed everyday. Oprah once talked about a teacher she had that impacted her life. I always thought of Mr. Hollings as that teacher for me. I always wanted to write to him to tell him that I was thankful for all he did for me in High school never wanting to give up on me even when I wanted to give up on myself. When Mr Hollings first came to FCHS he was my english and social class teacher. I struggled in English class, and instead of giving up on me like all the other teachers he bought me a word puzzle book when he was at the grocery store and thought it might help. That’s the kind of teacher he was always thinking of his students.
    My prayers are with his family. He will always be in your heart and never forgotten.

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  13. Mr. Hollings was an inspiration to me, he taught me that it was cool to wear a suit Mon-Thur but you could rock out the jeans on Friday. He inspired my love of history and the World Wars, and yes to even appreciate current events.
    He was an amazing teacher.

    My heart goes out to his family and the FCHS Alumni and Students. A great man will be missed but not forgotten.

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  14. Rosie Yanikyan :

    I always felt Mr. Hollings was a great teacher, but didn’t understand how much till I left High School and entered University. Mr. Hollings didn’t teach Social Studies, he taught knowledge, respect, and care for others. He will be most deeply missed, but his footprint is deep on this earth, and he will never be forgotten.

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  15. I can attribute my success as an adult to Mr. Hollings. I came into his class as a 50% student with no hope of going to university. He pushed me and by the end of the term I achieved 95% on the provincial test. Without Mr.Hollings I would never have went to university or achieved what I have in life. It is with great sadness I hear this new and want his family to know he was a great man that touched so many. The world has lost amazing person.

    Condolences to his family

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  16. Mr Hollings changed my views of Social Studies forever. He took a formerly tedious subject and made it come alive. He had a way of making his classroom a comfortable and inviting place, a perfect backdrop for his vibrant teaching and infectious thirst for knowledge. I will remember him always and am grateful that I was fortunate enough to be in his class.

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  17. I was also a student of Mr. Hollings in the late 1990s. My most fond memory of him is going outside in June to read Shakespeare on the lawn, instead of in a stuffy classroom. He had a great gift. My thoughts are with Mr. Hollings’ family and friends; I am so sorry for your loss.

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  18. I consider Mr. Hollings to have been the best teacher I had in high school. I was fortunate to have been a part of the Environmental club under his leadership while I was at FCHS. This is a truly heartbreaking loss. I will remember him as an engaging, warm person who treated each person with respect irrespective of their differences. Perhaps that is why he was able to touch the lives of so many people.

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  19. Everyone I know has only amazing memories of Mr. Hollings. He’s the reason I became a teacher, and I can only hope to have half the impact he had on his students. He will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends.

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  20. The massive show of grief that has occured over the past few days speak mountains about what Mr. Hollings did for his students. My family and I would like to express our condolences and reaffirm the fact that he changed the lives of hundreds of students, something that will never be forgotten.

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  21. I was extremely saddened to learn of Wes’ passing. Wes was a friend from Pine Lake Alberta, when both our families had cabins there. I will always remember him as an extraordinary man, who could seemingly do anything he put his mind to. My sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.

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  22. I remember one of Mr Hollings classes where he was talking about the importance of Open Thinking. He said he wanted to get one of those neon Open (for business signs) Every time I see a shop keeper turn off their Open sign I wonder if he ever got his Open sign.

    Rest in peace Mr Hollings your gift for education lives with us all.

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  23. I saw Mr. Hollings almost everyday for 3 years being in his home room class and his social studies class. He was always capable of making a bad day better with his sense of humor, and kind words. He was a great man and will not be forgotten. My thoughts go out to his loved ones.

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  24. Mr. Hollings was one of my favourite teachers. I have such fond memories of his class. He was understanding and always had us engaged in learning. He brought humour and intrigue to Social Studies 12. I always appreciated his creative teaching methods. Thank you for inspiring us. Angel Blessings.

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  25. Mr. Hollings believed in me when I didn’t, as his student I couldn’t have been more blessed. He was the type of teacher you wish your children could be taught by. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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  26. Marnie Bednarik :

    I’m so sorry for your loss Darlene. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  27. The news of Mr. Hollings death has brought great sadness. He was an amazing teacher! I first had Mrs. Hollings for homeroom in Grade 8, then both my brother and I had him in high school, such a great loss to the school and community, but mostly, to his wife and kids. He will be remembered in the highest regard.

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  28. Myanna Klassen :

    In grade 12, Mr hollings believed in my daughters abilities to turn her marks around, not only did she recieve her highest marks but went on to win the award that year. Mr Hollings cared, he touched Alissa’s life forever. Our sadness is not for a life not well lived but one taken far too soon. You made a difference in our lives and we will always cherish the memories we have.

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  29. Dawn McTaggart :

    Darlene, Our most heartfelt sympathies are with you and your Family during this time.

    Dawn, Stuart, Graham, Tyson and Shayne McTaggart

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  30. I only had Mr. Hollings for study hall but he made it the one I was excited to go to. He always has great stories and his class was next to my locker and I always could here people laughing and enjoying his classes. He was truly a great teacher and man. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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  31. Mr. Hollings taught me as well as my sister and brother. He was well loved by everyone who knew him and we feel priveleged to be among his students. Even now, ten years after graduation, I often remember some random piece of advice or information gleaned from Social Studies class and smile. Much love to the Hollings family.

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  32. “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”. Mr. Hollings, you were are giant for so many – thank you for the gift you gave to so many through your selflessness and passion for teaching. Our condolences to his family.

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  33. I was a student of Mr Hollings as well a long time ago and he truly was the best teacher ANYONE could ask for. As I have recently lost my father, I understand the great loss this is and my thoughts and prayers are with his family now/ Please know that he truly touched many lives and will never be forgotten!

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  34. Lyndsi Irwin :

    We are going to miss this wonderful man, who not only was an amazing friend and colleague to so many, but who really impacted so many lives and has truly helped to shape the lives of so many students who enjoyed their morning coffee with him and were inspired by his huge heart. He never stopped giving, and finding ways to bless others. He taught me so much, especially as a new teacher, and as a friend, and he leaves behind a legacy that will continue. Wes’ legacy will live on in the hearts of all of us who were so blessed and touched by him. >Lyndsi

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  35. I was a student of Mr. Hollings as well as my brother Kelsey! He taught most of cousins as well. I am very saddened to hear of his passing as he was a teacher I will never forget, and even with me being out of school for over 10years I have never forgotten his impact on me and my family. The Gier family would like to send their condolences to the family and our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

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  36. Dan, Lori , Joe and Maddie Geneau :

    Hi Darlene, We would like to extend our sincere condolences to you, your beautiful children and your families. I was completely shocked and depressed when I read about Wes this morning in the Herald. I had no idea he had been ill with cancer. Wes was a wonderful man and you two have always been one of my favorite long term clients. From my family to yours, God bless. Dan Geneau

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  37. Mr. Hollings was one of the best teachers I had in high school. His teaching inspired me to try harder in my studies, and I give him full credit as one of the main drivers to help me finish high school. I’m now in my 4th year of university, and Mr. Hollings helped me get here. I’m sure he inspired hundreds of teenagers to find their true potential, as he did with me. Not an easy achievement, but he was exceptional at finding new and exciting ways to help us understand.
    My condolences to his family and friends.

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  38. I went to FCHS and never had Mr. Hollings as my teacher however I often heard wonderful things about him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and fellow students.

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  39. My sincere condolences to Mr.Hollings family & friends. The world has lost one of the greats. 12 years ago I was one of his students, he helped me through one of the most difficult times of my life, he unknowingly saved it & my unborn child’s life. He also has been one of the largest sources of inspiration in my life. I will forever be honoured to have known him, & grateful for changing my life. Our deepest sympathies from my family to his.

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  40. Stacy Taylor :

    I was a student of Mr. Hollings’ about ten years ago now, and I was very sad to hear of his passing. He was the perfect teacher: knowledgeable, fair, kind, and passionate. He always took interest in his students, and brought out the best that he could in all of us.

    My condolences go out to his family.

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  41. I was the 2nd turkish student of Mr. Hollings. Having been a student of his was the biggest chance that I’ve never had. you see im writing in english words its thanks to him I am really sorry to hear of his passing away . My thoughts and prayers are with his family . Rest in peace…

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  42. Mr.Hollings was the worlds best social teacher, truly an amazing man and teacher. He had such a great attitude and energy every day, i was in his social class in 2008 and LOVED going to class. No doubt the greatest teacher of all time.

    Rest in peace Hollings, May angels bring you in. <3 <3

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  43. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mr.Hollings. He was an incredible person and the best teacher I’ve ever had. In high school Mr.Hollings challenged me to find and follow my dreams and for that I will be forever grateful. With humor and kindness he pushed his students to be the best that they could be. His memory and the beautiful legacy he’s created will live on forever in the students lives he has touched.

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  44. I can echo the same sentiment as so many students before me… Mr.Hollings was one of those teachers who LOVED what he did, and so even if you didn’t love social studies, you loved going to his class anyway. The whole subject came alive out of his passion (and gift!) for teaching. He was invested in us not just as students, but as the people we were becoming and because of that, he has left an incredible impact on the lives of so many. My last class in high school was with Hollings, and he let us out with a bang by allowing us to hijack the intercom to play “the Final Countdown”. My deepest condolences to Mr. Hollings family… his love for you was very evident. Our school and community has lost an amazing teacher, co-worker and friend.

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  45. Darlene and family, sorry to hear about Wes , he was a very good teacher .
    Those we love don’t go away,
    They walk beside us every day,
    Unseen, unheard, but always near,
    Still loved,
    Still missed
    And very dear.

    My thoughts are with you and your family

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  46. Words cannot express how Wes has touched our lives. The strength that Wes showed through his courageous battle is a true inspiration. We were not taught by Wes as students, but we were taught as his friends. We were shown true strength and dedication to his family. Wes NEVER gave up and kept pushing forward. His strength is remarkable. We love all of you and will always be there for your family.
    Lisa

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  47. Alysa Calvert :

    I am so sad to hear about the loss of a wonderful man. Mr Hollings was a teacher of mine. I remember him giving advice to us students – talking about how you know when you’ve found the one you should be with for the rest of your life – he said: find someone that you will do anything for – but who will never ask you to do anything that would hurt yourself. Mr. Hollings has inspired me to become a teacher, and many of the qualities that define what it means to be a good teacher for me have been influenced by him.

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  48. Pierrette Stuber :

    I would like to let Wesley’s family know we are so sorry for their loss and they are all in our thoughts and prayers! We are going to miss miss him he was such a wonderful man, and he has really impacted so many lives and has truly helped to shape the lives of so many students who enjoyed their morning coffee with him I know that they were all inspired by his huge heart.I know that he was an awesome teacher as my daugther Emaly was a student of his in grade 10 and I know that my daugther looked up to him and he always know how to make her feel better when she was feeling down and haveing a bad day! My daugther Emaly always looked forward to going to school and seeing Wesley’s smiling face couse she know that her day would be better after she talked to him befor class! I know that he never stopped giving, and he was always finding ways to bless every one who know him. Wesley leaves behind a legacy that will continue and it will live on in the hearts of all who know him and we were all blessed and touched by him. His memorie will live on in our hearts now and forever!
    Love The Stuber Family <3

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  49. Krysta Madden :

    My deepest sympathies to Mr. Hollings’ family and friends. He was truly a kind man that always had an inspirational comment for his students. My brother and I were lucky to have had him as a teacher in High School. I will always remember fondly the news at the beginning of class, the classroom decorated with worldly treasures, the nerf gun and the bubbles down the hall.
    Krysta & Rodney Madden

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  50. Ortensia Norton :

    To the man who tortured us with essays and homework – thank you. All that work prepared me for university. I have written many papers since 1994, though I told him I’d never write another one EVER again:-)

    My favorite memories of Mr Hollings though are of him speaking so lovingly of his wife – and children. Though you weren’t born yet, he loved you. That had a powerful affect on me. (dang, he tried teaching me the difference between affect and effect but I still don’t get it!!)

    May you have comfort and peace throughout your lives – will think of you often wondering how you are.
    Love, Ortensia Norton

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  51. Wes, thanks for making my sister Darlene happy, and being a wonderful dad for 3 wonderful children. Thanks for being so helpful to Mom and Dad, and getting on the tractor to clear the way for me to get out two winters ago.

    -Liz & Ed

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  52. Lynn Blankenstein :

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Hollings’ passing. He was my favorite high school teacher and I will always have wonderful memories of his passion for teaching, his sense of humour, his good nature and his love for his family. He truly was an inspiration to those around him.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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  53. Joyce Loucks :

    Wes’ joy was evident and as a true teacher he opened doors. He taught people how to live lightheartedly and pursued it without purpose. He encouraged and mentored people’s interests and discoveries of what they could do, learn, and be. He passed on what can only be termed as ‘true happiness’ as it never remains with oneself, but, as it is experienced, is passed on to others. Wes was the first to give the gift of time, love, support and loyalty. By the comments written on this page it is obvious that he got it back in spades…and that others are taking those lessons and passing it on! My heart hurts for your loss, but is thankful for having the opportunity to have learned from Wes!

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  54. Bambi Bradley :

    I was fortunate to be able to teach with Wes for many years. I had great respect for Wes because he loved being able to use the art of teaching as a means to teach his students to be good people and productive citizens. My favorite memories working with Wes were the many random emails I would send him asking him to marry me and I would always get the same reply…”I all ready have the love of my life”. I am blessed now to call her my friend as well. My thoughts are with you. Xox

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  55. It was with shock I heard of Wes’ passing, our condolences to the family, our thoughts and prayers at this time for Dave and Char, the other siblings and to Mrs. Hollings my deepest sympathy as the Holling’s home was always open to any kid who Dave brought home. Wes was always fun and willing to push the buttons to make your stay always fun and exciting. He was a bright spot in my childhood memories and I know he will be greatly missed as he touched so many people. I think there wasn’t a better big brother for Dave and my thoughts are with him right now during this time of sorrow. Byron Geddes and the Stettler Gang.

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  56. Kyle Stratichuk & Family :

    The sign of a truly talented teacher and a remarkable man is one who has managed to make a huge impression on the students that maybe weren’t so motivated in Social Studies nor High School. Without a doubt, Mr. Hollings was one of those very rare men.

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  57. Becky Stevens :

    My Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, Please grant Your Peace to Darlene, Marina, Jasper and Sawyer, to Wes’ Family and close friends. In this time of heartache, watch over each of them with special care and bring them comfort. Grant them an excellent memory of the time they shared with Wes so that his life will not fade with his passing.

    Help us, Lord, to continue Wes’ legacy by being as caring, supportive, hard working, committed, conscientious, and faithful as he was.

    Amen

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  58. Maurice Simmons :

    My sincere hope that you will find comfort in the knowledge that Wes is in a far better place & that you will all be together again some day. My thoughts are with Barbara & family. I was an Alix classmate of you Barbe, Lorne & Verla and you especially are in my thoughts today. I just saw the obituary @ noon today or I would have attended.
    Love and may God comfort you. Maurice.

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  59. Bonnie Bulmer :

    My deepest condolences to you Darlene and your children. It was a great pleasure for me to have called Wes my friend. Wes always arrived at school around 7am. I was usually there by that time and about once a week he would stop to chat with me. Once he found out that I was ill myself, he would make a point of stopping at chatting with me every morning. When I would try to ask him how he was doing, I always got the same respond from him, “life was wonderful”. He would never dwell on his situation. He was just more concerned for others than himself. That was just the kind of man he was.
    When Bambi emailed me in November and told me that they were going to be given your family a special Christmas, I was so excited to join in with the staff. The pictures that he sent out after each delivery was priceless.
    I will hold his memory in my heart forever. God Bless you.

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  60. Christina Scott :

    Mr. Hollings, you will never be forgotten. You changed us all in some way that will always be with us, you were always teaching us to look at things in life on the brighter side even on the worst of all days, you had a smile that spread throughout the hallways that will still linger for years to come. Thank you for making my last year of high school so much better, I could have not gotten through it without you and all the encouraging words you said to me. I hope you are looking down on us all smiling and proud of who we become. you will always be in our hearts. Thoughts are prayers are with you and your family, lots of love xoxo RIP

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  61. Darlene, our hearts go out to you and your family. Wes will be missed by all.

    Lynne, Duane, Sydney & Tyler

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  62. I was lucky enough to go on a month-long tour of the Maritimes one summer during high school. I showed Mr. Hollings my itinerary for the trip, which he wrote notes all over, highlighting hisorical and cultural spots that I should be sure to check out. I still have that piece of paper and it makes me smile whenever I look back and see how excited he was for me to see some of Canada’s history. The interest he took in each student’s learning and success was incredible. He will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers to his family and the FCHS community.

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  63. Emma Uhlenberg :

    I was a student of Mr.Hollings , he made class enjoyable to go to . He truly was an amazing teacher who really took a initiative in my learning. He was a wonderful man and a caring teacher. He will be greatly missed. Thought and prayers to his family and friends.

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  64. Carlos Felipe Diaz Rey :

    I didn’t know Mr. Hollings for very long, only for the first half of my Grade 10 year as I moved after that. Nor did I ever see the bubbles that so many people mention. But I do remember how comfortable it felt in his classroom. For some reason the chairs there didn’t feel so hard, the walls not so constricting. There was always an ambiance of calm, intrigue, and knowledge in that room. I do remember the coffee, and the nerf gun that we used in some classes with great fondness and I feel proud to say that I met and knew Mr. Hollings. He was always calm and talking to him was always interesting and illuminating. My only regret is that the last time I was at FCHS I wasn’t aware of his struggle nor did I come by his class to say hello and, ultimately, goodbye.

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  65. Kelly Draycott Moriarity :

    Darlene, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. Although I never met Wes, from the notes written here, he was very much loved and had such a profound impact on those whose lives he touched.

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  66. Brett Stephenson :

    Darlene and family, Mr. Hollings touched and inspired so many students over the years. I got my inspiration to be involved in politics, history, and economics from Mr. Hollings. Today, I have so many fond memories of political campaigns, working in the corporate world and Ottawa and it all stems from Mr. Hollings recommending me to the MLA Speaker for a Day program where I got involved in politics. Were it not for Mr. Hollings, my career would be very different from what it is today.

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  67. Wendy Crawford :

    Dear Darlene,
    I was so saddened to read of your loss and just felt compelled to tell you how far-reaching and long-standing Wes’ influence has been. In the 18 years since I last saw Wes, I have thought of you both often and assumed that life would treat such a lovely couple with kindness. I see that it has – albeit too briefly – in providing you with the joy of your children and lasting love for each other. I am so grateful that you took the time to write about this remarkable man and old friend so that I could imagine that I didn’t lose touch at all. I pray that the warmth of the thousands of hearts Wes touched has wrapped snug arms around you and your children.

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  68. Stephanie Gieni :

    He was a wonderful teacher, I was privileged to take his class in high school and I am sure he will be missed. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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