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HOLMES, Stuart Anderson

— September 26, 2013

Slipped the surly bonds of Earth on September 26, 2013 at the age of 86 years. He is survived by his loving wife Gale; son John; daughters Jenny and Jacqueline; and granddaughters Mackenzie and Kaelen, his step children Bruce (Debbie) and his children Tim (Ashley), Jessica (Jared), Jennifer and David and Jessica and Jared’s children great grandsons Brady and Kaelan; Brian (Martine) and his children Elsa and Arielle; Sharon (Rob) and her children Jodi, Allie and Jack; Catherine (Brad) and her children Kristina and Kevan; Marla (Christof); Blayne (Gina) and his daughter Jordan and his stepchildren Nicholas and Brianna.

Stuart is predeceased by his first wife Jennifer and granddaughter Madison. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 10:00 am in the chapel of Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stuart’s name to the BC Alzheimer Society for Research, 300 – 828 West 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E2. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”



Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 10:00 am

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The service for HOLMES, Stuart Anderson is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 10:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC

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  • Russ and Carol Knudsen says:

    Gale and family,
    Sorry about your loss of Stuart.As time passes the sadness lessons,but you have many cherished memories to treasure.
    God Bless and give you peace.
    Russ and Carol Knudsen

    • Gale Holmes says:

      Thank you Rus and Carol – Stuart always enjoyed your chats – and thank you for your watchful eye on him during his last days at home – I do appreciate your being my neighbour – Gale

  • Dave & Julie Warhurst says:

    Gale, John, Jenny, Jacqueline & families,

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this time. We have many fond memories and stories from Dave’s Conair flying days with Stubby and more recently our visits with him in Kelowna.

    “Friendships multiply joys and divide grief.” – Thomas Fuller

    Lovingly, Dave & Julie Warhurst

    • Gale Holmes says:

      Thank you Dave and Julie – Dave you were one of his special friends and known as “Warhurst” – Thank you both so much for your visiting Stuart so regularly – when I told him you were coming he immediately brightened up and wanted to know just when you were coming – you really made a difference to him and also to me – Gale

  • Bob and Sheila ARNOTT says:

    Please accept our condolences on the sad loss of dear Stuart. We will always treasure our memories of his humour and spirit.

    Sheila and Bob.

    • Gale Holmes says:

      Thank you Bob and Sheila – yes, he was some Man – and memories is all that is left now – in time I will be able to laugh again when I think of these memories – Gale

  • Joanne Large says:

    Gale & family
    I was sorry to hear of Stuart’s passing. I’m with you in spirit and will talk to you soon.
    Love & Hugs

  • Bob/Peggy Perchie/LePage says:

    Gale, John, Jenny, Jacqueline & families – Our thoughts are with you and we offer our condolence. Working with “Stubby” over a number of Fire seasons left me with many fond memories including “the family visits” to the Tanker Base.
    Stuart Holmes was a pleasure to work with and a good friend, I could not say enough about him – may he rest in peace…

    • Gale Holmes says:

      Bob I know you were a special friend of Stuart’s – I wish to thank you for coming to Stuart’s service and your kind words they are very comforting – Gale

  • Cheryl Caldwell says:

    Gale, I am sorry to hear about your loss. May you find comfort in knowing he is now at peace and in the memories of your life together. Many blessings, C

    • Gale Holmes says:

      Cheryl – you are the Gal who made these last few years easier – I miss seeing you along with our chats – thank you for your kind words – Gale

  • Barb & Sid Popham says:

    Gale, we are saddened to hear of Stuart’s passing. Please accept our condolences. He will be much missed by those who knew him.
    Barb & Sid

  • Ray & Laura Horton says:

    Gale, Jenny, Jacqueline, John and family,

    We are so very sorry to hear of “Stubby’s” passing. He was both a mentor and dear friend and I am truly privileged to have shared some wonderful memories and good times with him at Conair. He will fly with me always. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    • Gale Holmes says:

      Thank you for the picture and your words of memories of Stuart – I hope with time memories will be easier – Gale

  • John & Moyna Laing says:

    Gale, Jacquie, John, Jenny and to your families –
    The passing of your husband and father gave cause for much reflection about some phenomenally mischievous stunts flying from Castlegar over many summers in the 70’s and 80’s. Clothes up flag poles, cars on blocks, soup with work socks added for “flavour” and chicken parts and curry in many unknown places in vehicles. Live chickens in lockers ad infinitum. Too many funny memories to count. Photographic evidence abounds but alas all still on slides, if not on some 8 mm film in an attic somewhere!
    Few if any pilots were able to fly all the “Century” series of jets in the R.C.A.F. and he was one of the few.
    We wish Stubby well as his mortal remains rest in peace – his spirit will now be free to head to the great hangar above where he can once again soar aloft and swap stories with the many friends and aviators that have passed before him.
    God speed old friend!
    To his family, be happy that he is now in a better place. God bless you all. Keep smiling as you remember him.
    John & Moyna,
    Delta, BC

    • Gale Holmes says:

      Thank you for your memories – memories are cherished and make losing him more difficult at the moment but am sure with time these memories will make life easier – I do hope so – Gale

  • Gunter & Sheila Lavallier says:

    Gale and family
    Our deepest sympathy. We have very fond memories of our times with you and Stuart….he was an exceptional man.
    Sheila and Gunter

    • Gale Holmes says:

      Thank you Gunter and Sheila for your kind words – yes, memories are what help at this time – the ones I have with you both are cherished – Gale

  • tim kendal says:

    John and family sorry to here of your loss,never had the pleasure to meet your dad when you lived in Peach land,but he must have been quite the man

  • John and Judith Bryson says:

    Gale and family, our love and condolences from Keswick, England. Special memories of you both . Stuart now has the answers to all his questions! May The Lord bless you and keep you, fond love, Judith and John X

    • Gale Holmes says:

      Thank you for your kind words – I too have many fond memories of our visits with you and also of your family – we did enjoy our time in Keswick very much – Stuart is indeed in a better place – his last years were very difficult for us both – Gale

  • Pat Dennis says:

    Fond memories of working with “Stubby” at B.C. Ministry of Forests Air Tanker Base Administration side. Always ‘True Gentleman’. Rest in Peace. Condolences to Family

  • Dave Kelly says:

    Deepest Sympathy to the Holmes Family.
    I have many fond memories working with Stubby starting in 1975 in Budworm [NB] he flew TBM #5, through the A26 era and on to the Conair Firecats. We flew together often.Stubby was always a pleasure to be around.He will be missed.

    Dave Kelly
    Rodney Ontario

  • MIchael Fleming says:

    Stuart: There were many good in depth conversations over the years that certainly allowed me to see things from a different perspective. You were thought provoking and always good for a stimulating discussion. you will be missed by your children and Gale as well as your grand daughters, Mackenzie and Kaelin. You are now comfortable, at peace, and have moved onto a better place for which we are all gratefull. Michael Mackenzie and Kaelin Fleming

    • Gale Holmes says:

      Thank you for your thoughts of Stuart and yes I do miss him terribly – also I have many fond memories of you and those lovely children – Gale

  • John and Marcelle Truran says:

    We have lost a man who had a great confidence that life was sacred and not to be trivialized. Many an evening spent listening to Stubby expounding on the ideas and merits of such as C. S. Lewis and others revealed the mind of a man of deep faith. It was always a pleasure listening to Stubby’s views. It was also a pleasure working with a man who was a fine pilot, excellent sportsman – particularly tennis, and companion back in the days when tanker base life was fun. One had to be on constant guard for the inevitable practical joke with Stubby always somehow lurking in th background. We have lost a good man.

    Our thoughts are with Gale and the Holmes family.

    John and Marcelle Truran

    • Gale Holmes says:

      Thank you so much – I find much comfort in your remembering Stuart/Stubby – I do miss him terribly – Gale

  • Betty Stuart says:

    From memories of those care-free days at Keswick School to our last war-time reunion in 1995, Stubby has always been that “never to be forgotten” character that we still fondly remember. I send deepest sympathy to Gale and the extended family.

    Betty Stuart (nee Hill)

  • Jacqueline Dulac says:

    Thanks to all of you who attended the memorial service in person and in spirit. He will forever be missed but not ever forgotten. Memories and stories will live on and on.

    Daughter Jacqueline

  • Kathy MacNeill says:

    To Jenny, Jacqueline & John,
    I was sad to hear of the loss of your Dad. As you can imagine I have many memories of “Stubbie”, especially as a troublesome teenager growing up in Peachland! I will always picture him, striding through the living room with classical music blasting through the house.
    Jenny, as an old friend, I wish you many good memories of your father. My Mum died 3 years ago and it is always hard. Thinking of you … and sending my love … Kathy MacNeill

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