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HOLTZ, Christopher Guenter

Christopher Holtz passed away on April 30, 2022, at the Kelowna General Hospital, at the age of 61.

Chris is survived by his two daughters, Catherine (Jag) and Emmaline (Sean); and his brother and sister, Mike (Ardith) and Barbara (Dave). He was predeceased by his parents, Martin and Inga.

At Chris’ request, there will be no service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Chris’ memory may be made to BC Diabetes.

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  • Sherrill Berg says:

    Very saddened to hear of Chris’ passing. My deepest sympathies to his daughter’s and the rest of his family and friends.

  • Terry bruder says:

    So many memories from high school and university his wedding staying with the family at the Dingle. Tried to find him many times over the years. Such a terrific guy gone too soon

  • Scott Leslie says:

    So sorry to hear this sad news. Chris was a great friend during our years at Carleton University. My condolences to his family.

  • Shawn Charland says:

    Very sad to hear this news. I found out late – it’s 8 August/22 now.

    I knew Chris when we were studying Engineering at Carleton U in Ottawa, 1979 – 1983. He was brilliant, kind, fun and with just perfect timing for humour. We were sitting beside each other in I think a second year Fluid Mechanics class, I said, “Never ASSUME because it makes an ASS out of U and ME . He instantly said “Yeah, and never SUPPOSE because it makes an S out of UP and POSE.” And labs were fun with him there. And of course no one gets through an engineering degree alone, it’s a group effort of intellect and emotional support, 100% he was part of all that for me., for which I am grateful.

    Wish now I had taken more photos, we were kids.

    To his daughters: your dad was a lovely, lovely man. Part of him still lives, literally, literally it’s you.

  • Paul Putinski says:

    So sorry to be hearing of Chris’s passing months later.
    The recent posts above are from former University class mates that had a study room in the “Bunker”
    We had real spirit and Chris was a big driver of it!
    We all some great memories of those years. We all worked hard supported each other and graduated on time.
    I like the picture Shawn posts. I do not have that Florida 82 shirt any longer , but I do still have a gift from Chris ,see attached.
    Gone way too soon.
    My condolences to his family.

  • Lamce Wright says:

    Sorry to hear that we lost Chris. He was one of the best of we “dirty dozen” from the class of ’83. I will always remember his rendition of “Don’t Bring Me Down” while singing along to the juke box at Carleton. He brought a true smile to everyone’s face. He will be missed.

  • Dan Danagher says:

    From memory, Chris and I travelled together to Cape Cod (where we camped out in a small tent), Fort Lauderdale, and Banff (where we skied for a week at Sunshine Village). We went to the Ottawa Airport when the space shuttle mock-up (“The Enterprise”) landed here in 1983, we went to the Toronto zoo in 1985 to see pandas on loan from China, we drove to Mosport to see car races, and we drove to Montreal a few times – sometimes to catch a ballgame and other times to eat a smoked meat sandwich or just gawk at German sports cars.
    We played tennis and squash and we skied together. Chris taught me to enjoy Chinese food, how to shoot pool, how to develop colour film and he was the first to explain to me what a Local Area Network was.
    I was honoured when Chris chose me to be his best man at his wedding. On that very day, he asked me to go gentle on him in his speech – instantly destroying all my best material. In truth, there wasn’t much I knew about Chris that could embarrass him as he was such a decent person who liked to have fun but kept things in control.
    A few years later, Chris moved out west and we kind of went our separate ways and connected only sporadically thereafter – such is what happened in the years before the internet and social media. He was my best friend and I liked him. I have missed him for many years already and now even moreso.
    I have put a few of my favourite pictures of Chris in a short video in hope that his daughters will understand why their father and I were such close friends: https://vimeo.com/755317221/7458692663

  • Wendy Mason says:

    So sorry to hear of Chris’s passing I worked with him at London Drugs Coquitlam Center. I just found out today. My Family and I send our Condolences to his daughters, they are the only family I met at the store.

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