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HOLLIDAY, James Frederick

May 24, 1916 – Drumheller, Alberta
December 29, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta


Dad was getting old and his health began to decline. He sat and reluctantly told stories of the past. Of a war he fought in, the deeds that he had done and his exploits with his war hero buddies. We’ll hear his tale no longer, for dad has passed away. And the world won’t know his passing though a soldier has died. He will not be mourned by many, just his family and his friends for he lived an ordinary, quiet, and uneventful life. Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way. But the world’s a little poorer for a soldier has died. When politicians leave this earth their bodies lie in state. While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great. Papers tell their life stories from the time that they were young. But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung. The greatest contribution to the welfare of our land is the ordinary fellow who in times of war and strife goes off to serve his country and offers up his life. A politician’s salary and the style in which he lives are sometimes disproportioned to the services that he gives. While the ordinary soldier who offered up his all, is paid with a medal and perhaps a pension small. It’s so easy to forget them for it was so long ago that the dad’s of our country went to battle and won for us the freedom that our country now enjoys. Should you find yourself in danger with your enemies at hand, would you want a politician or would you prefer a soldier who has sworn to defend his home, his family and country and would fight until the end? Dad was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin, but his presence should remind us we may need his kind again. For when countries are in conflict then we find the soldier’s part is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start. If we cannot do him the honour while he’s here to hear the praise, then at least lets give him homage at the ending of his days. Perhaps just a single headline in the paper that would say: “OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING FOR A SOLDIER HAS DIED”.

James Frederick Holliday traveled from this life into the waiting arms of his Lord and Saviour and his wife Betty, on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at the age of 102 years. He was a loving husband, father, papa, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. He served in WWII in a special unit of the Air Force. He worked hard all of his life. He was an avid gardener, an acclaimed movie maker with the Calgary Motion Picture Club, and really enjoyed the North American travels he and mom made in their motor home.

The Davis family is very grateful for all of the care that has been showered on him and that brought him such joy and comfort over the last several years. Heartfelt thanks go to Lyle, Kathy, Nelsie, Lu, Joy, Bev, Colleen, Barb, Chelsie, Dr. Anderson, Dr. Jessica Tsang, Dr. Vivian Ewa, and the nursing staff on the Gibralter Unit at the Colonel Belcher. They truly made his life the best that it could be. He will be missed by many, but we have been so very blessed to have had him in our lives for as long as we have.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB), on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Diabetes Canada, 220, 6223 – 2nd Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 1J5 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 1112, Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of James Frederick Holliday, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. May God Bless and keep you safe James on your next Journey Thank you for your service may you rest in peace and forever you will be remembered
    Lest We Forget
    Lest We Forget
    Susan MacAulay
    Royal Canadian Legion Calgary Alberta (No.1) Branch

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  2. Mike, Vickie, and Family,

    We are deeply sorry about the loss of your grandfather. As you grieve, know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    The General Mills Family,

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  3. I dont know him just came across this looking for another obit ,,My dad aged 97 died this year too , he also fought a war as a soldier , This was a wonderful homage to a man I never knew,, there are not many of these soldiers left that made our country free

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  4. Your tribute to Mr. Holliday was beyond moving. I didn’t have the pleasure knowing him or any of your family, and consider that my loss. What lovely piece of writing and remembrance. He will be cherished deeply by you all.

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  5. Thank you, Sir, for serving this country so well, for being an ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances and going above and beyond the call of duty. A wonderful tribute to your father…..may he rest in peace. You are right – a country is in mourning.

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