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HOLMLUND – Chester Britton

February 18, 1945 – April 15, 2010

It is with sad hearts that the family of Chester Holmlund announce the end of his courageous journey on Thursday, April 15, 2010, at the age of 65 years.

Chester is survived by his beloved wife of thirty-nine years, Shirley; his son Geoff (Jason); his mother Delphine; his sisters Cleo (John) and Charlotte (Rob); and his nieces Erika, Laura and Bree. Also mourning his memory are Bill (Shannon) and Rick Gerling; nieces Katrina (Don) and children Caiden and Cassie, and Cheyanne, and nephews Jordy (Kalla) and Cordell. Chester was predeceased by his father Robert Holmlund as well as his father and mother-in-law, Joe and Francis Gerling.

Chester was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and grew up near Outlook. He attended the University of Saskatchewan and received a degree in Civil Engineering. In 1970 he married his best friend Shirley Gerling and they made Edmonton, then Calgary their home. The birth of their son Geoff completed the family in 1979. The family enjoyed camping, fishing, skiing, golfing, curling, bunnock, travelling the world together, and spending time with the extended family in Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC. The annual trip to Sandpoint with friends was also a highlight. Chester’s passion for cooking was enjoyed through many evenings with family and friends. His dry sense of humour and penchant for mischief kept all those around him on their toes. While he was a man of few words, the words he spoke were well chosen and often profound. His 5’ 18” stature created a huge presence wherever he went. Chester truly valued his family and close friends and was thankful for their support and companionship.

Chester’s first job was with Water Resources in Edmonton, before starting a thirty-five year career in the oil and gas industry in 1969. Twenty-five years were spent with Chevron Standard which provided him many responsibilities and opportunities for travel, which became a passion. Highlights for Chester were his time spent working on Hibernia and in the North Sea in Denmark. Other memorable assignments were San Francisco and the Canadian North. Following his retirement from Chevron, he enjoyed assignments with Trysol and then Sunwing Energy, which resulted in thirty-five trips to China. Prior to retirement in 2004, Chester and Shirley enjoyed a farewell trip to China. A wonderful two month vacation to Australia and New Zealand in 2006 created a strong desire to return.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Angelo D’Costa from St. Bonaventure Catholic Church presiding.

A Celebration of Chester’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Sincere thanks to many Dr.’s and staff of the Foothills Medical Centre and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre who provided great care throughout the last three and a half years. If friends so desire, memorial donations in Chester’s memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, (#200, 325 Manning Road N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5) or a charity of your choice.

In living memory of Chester Holmlund, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Janis & Gary Cavanagh :

    Dear Shirley and Geoffrey and the Holmlund family,

    Gary and I extend our very deepest and most sincere sympathies on the death of a most admirable man.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

    May God Bless you………Janis.

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  2. Dear Holmlund family,

    It is with deep sorrow to hear a friend like Chester passed away. His voice and laughter still linger whenever we think about him.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Sincerely,

    Tom

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  3. Shirley
    My sincere condolences to you, and your family, on the loss of Chester. Chester was probably my all time favourite boss. I worked with Chester as a technologist from 1978 to 1980 in the Calgary office. I was new and he took me under his wing. He had a huge impact on my life, encouraging me to return to U of A and finish off my engineering degree, which I did. I did not return to Chevron when I graduated and only saw him occasionally, but never forgot him. I have many fond memories of him and often wondered how he was and what he was doing. He was my roll model for the perfect boss and none after ever quite met the standard he set. I shall never forget his “Oh very well” – and still use the same phrase often myself. He shall be missed by many.

    Take care,
    Sam Coles

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  4. It was with a sad heart that I learned of Chester’s passing. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

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  5. Randy Brookes :

    Shirley, Geoff, and family…my deepest condolences on the passing of Chester. We will miss his physical presence and support at the curling rink, but know he’s there in spirit! Thinking of you all…Randy.

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  6. My condolences to the family. I have great memories of working for Chester in Canada with Chevron. He was a man of few words but with a wonderful sharp wit and a lot of common sense. Chester was a mentor to many of us who went onto fantastic career and life experiences in the oil industry. My thoughts are with everyone on the memories of a great individual.

    John Baillie, Switzerland

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  7. Jonine & Loring Rochacewich :

    To the Holmlunds,

    We extend our deepest sympathy to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Jonine & Loring Rochacewich

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  8. Juliette Hachey :

    Dear Shirley & Geoff:
    Please accept my sincere condolence during
    this difficult time. You know that I am here
    for you at all times.
    Love,
    Juliette

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  9. Larry and Janet Gifford :

    Dear Shirley Geoff and family
    Although we can’t be with you in person our thoughts and prayers are. Chester was always the big couisin who was always so good to my own mom and whom she wanted me to be like. We will all miss him.

    Larry, Janet , Clint, Matthew and family

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  10. Doug and Jennette Lewis :

    To the Holmlund family

    I worked with Chester on the Chevron Hibernia project plus others in Western Canada; he was a fine engineer and a great person to work alongside.
    Our thoughts and prayers we extend to you.
    Sincerely
    Doug & Jennette Lewis

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  11. Terrie Skulsky :

    Shirley,
    It was with great sadness that I read of Chester’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family at this very difficult time. May your fond memories of times spent together forever keep Chester near to your heart.
    Sincerely,
    Terrie Skulsky

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  12. Dianne & Gary Firth :

    Shirley
    Gary & I would like you to know how sad we are to hear of Chester’s passing. Although we haven’t had contact for many years we do remember a few fun times we had together. (Fox Creek Bonspiel) Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Dianne & Gary Firth

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