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HOLLOHAN – Brian

September 8, 1953 – January 14, 2010

Brian Douglas Hollohan passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, after a short, but brave battle with cancer.

Brian is survived by his loving wife, Paula and their two sons, Liam and Evan; his parents, Reverend Ronald and Mary Hollohan; brother Sean (Dee); sisters, Sharon (John Larson) and Colleen (Peter Woloshyn); and many nieces and nephews.

Brian was born in Nova Scotia. From Carleton University in Ottawa, ON he received his Masters and PhD in Economics. Brian was a devoted family man. He enjoyed and instilled in his sons a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning. As a family, they had many camping and hiking adventures, and enjoyed hours together in hockey arenas. Brian was blessed with numerous close friendships.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Sunday, January 17, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (1414 Shawnessy Boulevard S.W.) on Monday, January 18, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Foothills Country Hospice, Box 274, Okotoks, AB T1S 1A5 Telephone: 403-995-4673. We wish to express our gratitude to Foothills Country Hospice for their generous spirit and loving care of Brian.

In living memory of Brian Hollohan, 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. The Blakney Family :

    Dear Paula and family;

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our prayers. Hold your memories close.

    Rhonda, Walter, Samantha & Tyler

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  2. Dear Paula, Liam Evan & family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. May treasured memories with Brian bring you comfort. God Bless.

    love,
    Karen, Steve, Jennica, Brooklyn and Brenner

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  3. Steven Friedman and Joni Ganderton :

    Paula,

    Brian was a very special, caring, and kind hearted person. We consider it an honour to have been his friends and to have shared in his life. Please take comfort in the wonderful home and lives you shared together and with the boys. You will remain in our thoughts.

    Although we regret that we are not able to join you tomorrow and Monday, we will be travelling to Calgary shortly and hope to be able to have some time with you and the boys so that we may celebrate Brian’s life together.

    Steven Friedman and Joni Ganderton

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  4. Brenda Lafleur :

    Paula, Liam and Evan: I am so sad. Brian was a great person — a wonderful friend outside of work and a terrific colleague. He was the first person I met when I joined the Conference Board — he had just come back from his honeymoon! I also remember many outside of work activities — especially cross-country skiing — great memories. He was such a trustworthy person — very kind and very honest. I want you all to know how treasured my memories of Brian, and also of Paula, are. Hugs to you all. Brenda Lafleur

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  5. Dear Paula

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family at your tremendous time of loss.

    God Bless you Paula and the Boys

    Barry and Marlise Shaw

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  6. Robert & Joan Ward :

    Paula and Family,
    We would like to extend our sincere condolences for the lost of Brian. He is now resting in his creator’s arm. Remember him for who he was, a gentle man, a peaceful man, a man willing to give a hand to his family and friends. We will miss him around. Remember that now he is with God and he will be watching over you all. Yes you will miss him around but in your heart will be his resting place. It is hard to see a love one go. It hurts but people say time will heal. After 23 years of losing my father, it still hurts and miss him. Thinking of him helps you to move on forward. He will be there helping you if you ask, trust me, it is my testomony that knows this is the truth. One day, you will all be reunited again in God’s House. Faith is the only key that will support you.
    We join with you in your grief, and our prayers are with you all.
    May the Lord receive him in his glory.

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  7. Richard Goatcher :

    Paula and Family,
    Brian was my colleague at CMHC Market Analysis for a number of years. He enjoyed a very collegial relationship with our team. He was such a gentleman. Brian’s sudden departure has left many members of our group feeling very empty. We never got to say goodbye. Many of us will be with you on Monday and others, too far away, will be there in their thoughts and prayers.
    I hope you find courage is this time of sorrow.

    Richard Goatcher in Edmonton

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  8. Kimberlee Jones :

    Brian was the best kind of colleague one could have – respectful and respected, smart and ready to challenge. He was always open to new ideas and really very funny. He may not have intended to become a mentor to me over the years we’ve worked together at CMHC, but that is what he was. The lessons he didn’t realize he was teaching with his wonderful, quirky sense of humour and gentle, compassionate approach will stay with me always. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    May peace be with you.

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  9. Wendy Supapol :

    Dear Paula and family,
    We are so so sad on the loss of Brian. Even though we haven’t seen each other for years, we hold the memories of our time together during his PhD years very fondly. He was one of Atipol’s best friends at Carleton and I remember them gleefully plotting soccer strategy in the economics department. There were so many fun times and outings and I remember how happy he was when he met you! I remember Brian as a quiet, kind, intelligent man who loved the simple things in life. I especially remember his fondness for peanut butter on whole wheat. I am sorry we lost touch over the years. I always thought we would see him again.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys.
    Much love,
    Wendy and Atipol

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  10. Sharon Marie Hollohan :

    To my wonderful sister-in-law Paula and nephews Liam and Evan: You are so loved by the Hollohan Family, we will always be there for you. You have shown such grace through this difficult time and your love shines through. That is what Brian embodied – grace and love. (Except when we were little and he said Mom and Dad found me on the side of the road and took me in because my real family had too many kids…)

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  11. Dear Paula,

    I remember the first time I met you in Cape Breton. It was at a family wedding and you came up to me and said, “Hello Aunt Norene, I am Paula and I am going to marry Brian.” I was shocked because I had not met you before and you looked like a little girl to me.

    I am glad you married Brian. I loved my nephew and you were a wonderful wife. You gave him two beautiful children and the best life a man could wish for. You made Brian very happy.

    My love and prayers are with you Paula and with Liam, Evan, Brian’s parents, Mary and Ron, Brian’s siblings Sean, Sharon and Colleen and all the family.

    Now Brian is in Heaven where there is no pain, no suffering and no tears. He will never leave us Paula and he will always be here in spirit to protect you and the boys.

    God Bless You.

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  12. Paula, Liam and Evan,

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this time. We are thinking of you and hope that you can find comfort in the wonderful memories you shared together.

    Love,

    Nadine, Kary, Aiden and Oliver Duque

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  13. Paula,

    We are thinking of you and the boys and praying for you. Bethany sends you her very biggest hug.

    Patty, Bethany and Christopher Joó

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  14. Edi Casimirri :

    Dear Paula and Family,

    I worked with Brian at CMHC when I first came to Calgary in 1998. I can’t remember exactly when Brian started working at the CMHC office in Calgary but I think it might have been around that time too.

    I will remember him fondly as an extremely intelligent, caring, giving, funny and kind person. He knew how to get things done and people respected him because he was so well spoken and thoughtful. He always worked hard and motivated people around him to do the same.

    I know he was devoted to his family and spoke fondly of his children and family.

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. I feel lucky to have worked with Brian. I will think of him when we are biking in Fish Creek Park and I will remember what a wonderful person he was to be with and work with. May his spirit live on in the hearts and minds of those whom he knew and loved.

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  15. Marianne and Bob Rogers :

    Our thoughts and wishes are with you in this time. May it be a time of mourning, but also a time to celebrate the wonderful life of your brother, son and father. May you laugh and cry together as you share your memories and honour Brian’s life. Although we did not meet him, we know of the fine man he was. Thinking of you,
    Marianne and Bob Rogers

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  16. Surendra Gera :

    Our heartiest felt condolences to the Hollohan family. May God bless Brian’s soul and give peace to Paula, Liam, and Evan and rest of the Hollohan family.

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  17. Shane Rognstad :

    I work in the Saskatoon office of CMHC and had the pleasure of meeting Brian several times over the years. He was someone who always stopped to ask how you were doing – a very nice person. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  18. Michael Guttman :

    Dear Paula;

    Please accept my deepest condolences on Brian’s passing. As a colleague at CMHC I appreciated his sage advice and insight.

    Sincerely,

    Mike Guttman

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  19. I would like to extend my condolences on the loss of Brian. I am one of the fortunate people at CMHC to have had the opportunity to meet Brian and witness his zest for life. My thoughts are with you.

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  20. Brian’s family,

    So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts today.

    Ken, CMHC Market Analysis, London ON

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  21. Christian Douchant :

    Paula and family,

    When I was first hired on at CMHC in the Prairies, Brian was my Director. A true gentleman, you could not have met a kinder individual.

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

    Christian Douchant and family from Ottawa

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  22. There are no words to describe how sorry I am for your loss. It saddens me to see a nice man and coleague leave us so soon. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  23. I was deeply sorry to hear of the loss of Brian. He was a wonderful colleague and friend. My deepest sympathies to the family.

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  24. Kelly Francis :

    When I think of Brian, I think of kindness, compassion and intelligence. Always willing to help however he could, answer questions as best he could and always making those around him feel valued and important. Without seemingly trying, Brian taught the lesson of treating others well – always.

    He touched more lives than you know and will be greatly missed.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Kelly Francis, CMHC

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  25. Mary and Jimmy Mackie :

    Dear Ron and Mary and Family,

    We were very sorry to hear about your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.

    Mary and Jimmy Mackie
    Gardiner Mines

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  26. Ron and Mary: Sincere sympathy on the loss of your son Brian. Our prayers are with you. God bless. Irene & Alex Miller, Sydney

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  27. Paula, Liam, Evan & the whole Hollohan family. It was with the deepest sorrow that we learned of Brian’s unexpected illness and passing. He touched the lives of many of CMHC’s employees across the country. We considered him as a friend, a scholar, a leader and an example of the perfect gentleman. Working in Market Analysis, I will never forget Brian’s keen intellect and willingness to share his thoughts, right from our first meeting, when he still worked for the Conference Board of Canada. Will always treasure his memory. With great sadness, … Alex.

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  28. Paula, Liam and Evan,

    I am a colleague of Brian’s with CMHC – I work in the Yellowknife office, but had the pleasure of getting to know Brian over the years during my visits to Calgary and working and learning alongside him in various teams and groups. Brian always brought a sense of humour to the table, but on the other hand was such a calming presence. We always teased him about taking off his shoes in the office, but he insisted he was just not comfortable with his shoes on.

    Although I am at a distance, I want you to know that Brian indeed touched many hearts over many miles, and will be sadly missed. He was such a great guy to work with! May you find peace in the memories you have as a family, and stay strong and close together.

    Sandra Turner – Yellowknife, NWT

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  29. Pat(Edstrom)McDonald :

    Dear Mary and Ron:
    My heart is filled with sorrow for you, Brian’s wife, Paula and their boys. I can only imagine your grief and loss.
    I only knew Brian through the pride you felt for him in his accomplishments at university and I know that a child of Mary and Ron Hollohan would surely be a wonderful human being.
    I send you my love and sincerest sympathy. Pat….Hughie died on Dec 3, 2009.

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  30. Moira A. MacDonald :

    Paula and family:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Liam, Evan, Uncle Ronald and Aunt Mary, Sean, Sharon, Colleen and all the family on the loss of Brian.

    Moira MacDonald (nee Hollohan) and Keith MacDonald of Sydney, Cape Breton

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  31. Jean-Francois Pinsonnault :

    My deepest condolences on your loss. I had the honour of working with Brian on several occasions and he was one of the greatest men and leaders I have had the pleasure of meeting.
    Brian will be missed

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  32. Kelly D. Wilkins :

    Colleen, Peter and Family,

    I think of you every day Colleen and hope that you and your family are managing during this difficult time. I know that the shock of your brother’s illness and diagnosis was devastating. I am hopeful that you had some time to connect as a family during his final stages and that you are comforted with many wonderful memories of his life. You were on my mind as I thought about the service today and just trust that you find strength and comfort each day.

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  33. DEAR PAULA IF YOU TAKE ALL THE WORDS OF CONDOLENCES YOU LIAM AND EVAN RECEIVED FROM ALL YOUR RELATIVES, FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCES THOSE WORDS STILL COULD NOT EXPRESS THE SORROW I FEEL OVER THE DEATH OF BRIAN (MY NEPHEW) BRIAN WILL NEVER BE GONE PAULA, HE WILL LIVE IN YOUR HEART AS HE WILL LIVE IN LIAM’S AND EVAN’S. PAULA REMEMBER ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS ABOUT BRIAN, THE BLESSED LIFE YOU AND YOUR SONS HAD WITH HIM AND SOMEDAY YOU WILL HAVE PEACE IN YOUR HEART ALSO.

    WITH SORROW, AUNT ANNIE, GEORGE AND FAMILY,

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  34. Dianne Himbeault :

    Dear Paula and Family,
    I worked with Brian briefly while I was at CMHC Market Analysis in Winnipeg. In that time I very much appreciated his warmth and thoughtfulness. He was always a welcome presence in the office (padding around in his stocking feet). I was just sharing recently with others here in Winnipeg who also knew him, and he will be missed. It was always a pleasure to see him when our paths had the opportunity to cross since I left the Winnipeg office. My thoughts are with you and your family.
    Dianne Himbeault in Winnipeg

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  35. Carmen Foglietta :

    Dear Paula and Family
    I have the privilege and honour of working with Brian. He was an incredibly intelligent, professional, trusted and generous colleague. He was an amazing person that made others around him better people. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Carmen Foglietta

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  36. Frank and Sandra Dunn :

    Dear Family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy on the death of Brian.

    Frank and Sandra Dunn
    Whitney Pier

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  37. Dear Ron and Mary, I was very sorry to learn of your son’s passing. I know Brian will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Please accept this as an expression of my deepest sympathy to you both, and to your family, at this time. With sincere regretts, Respectfully, Paul

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  38. Molly O'Brien & Family Gardiner Mines Nova Scotia :

    We like to send along our sincere condolences to the Hollohan family.Molly O’Brien & Family

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  39. Molly O'Brien & Family Gardiner Mines Nova Scotia :

    We like to send along our sincere condolences to the Hollohan family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Molly O’Brien & Family

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  40. Sissy Hollahan Crummey :

    Dear Paula and family:

    I wish to offer my sympathy on the loss of Brian. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family.

    Sissy Hollahan Crummey

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  41. Brian P. Dwyer :

    To Rev. Fr. Ron, Mary, Sean, Sharon, Colleen, and Brian’s Family:
    We wish to express our condolences on the death of Brian, your beloved son, brother, husband and father. We are truly sorry to hear of his passing. Although he was a very young man when I first met him in the early 70’s when his Dad and I started our teaching careers, Brian struck me as a polite, capable and disciplined individual with an extraordinary work ethic. Even then he had high academic goals and the intellectual prowess to achieve them. Ron and Mary, I know that you and all his loved ones were very proud of him.
    May your faith and wonderful memories of Brian help you through this time of sorrow.
    Brian and Anne Marie Dwyer

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  42. I am deeply saddened by the news of Brian’s passing and wish to offer my sincere and heartfelt condolences. I had the privilege of delivering CMHC ethics sessions, to new employees, with Brian. His sense of good, right and just, his ability to make employees feel comfortable and his good sense of humour, were qualities appreciated by all.

    May you find strength in each other during this time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Nancy Powers

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  43. Danette Murphy (LeBlanc) :

    To the family,
    On behalf of the Class of 1971, Reserve District High, our many prayers and wishes go out to you at this most difficult of times. We were friends and classmates of Brian’s and remember him for his wit and gentle manner. A few of us gather often to talk of old memories and I’m sure we’ll remember Brian that night with many great stories. From some old friends…Danette LeBlanc, Betty Chaisson, Diane McMullen, Joanne Steele, Heather Tobin, Mariette LeLievre, Barb McNeil

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  44. Dear Ron, Mary and all the Hollohan families. Clare and I are very sorry to hear about Brian’s sudden passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. We know you will find comfort in the the wonderful memories you shared together as a family. As his grade 7 teacher, I remember Brain as a bright young man who had a thirst for knowledge. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, especially Brian’s family.
    Henry and Clare White, Glace Bay

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  45. hello Paula:
    I don’t know if you remember me but I often played hockey and soccer with Brian when he lived in Ottawa. It was with great sadness that I learned of Brian’s illness and then his death. Please accept my deepest sympathies and best wishes.
    All the very best to you and your boys during this difficult time.

    Roy hanes (formerly from New Waterford) now living in Ottawa.

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  46. FRANCIE BENNET :

    DEAR MARY AND RON, I AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR SON, BRIAN. I WILL PRAY FOR HIM. FRANCIE.

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  47. Paula, its’ Adam. I am so sorry about Uncle Brian and always am thinking of him. He was one of the best men I ever knew and amazing father uncle everything.. I am sorry I have not been in contact but hope to hear from you and the boys soon. I love you always and am always here …ADAM

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