James Thomas Holleran

July 15, 2018


James Thomas Holleran passed away peacefully on Sunday July 15th, 2018 at his home with his loving wife of 61 years by his bedside. Jim was 86 years of age. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Janine Leon Holleran, his six children and their spouses, Mark and Barb Holleran, Jimmy and Tamara Holleran, Denise and Chris Boswell, David and Lynn Holleran, Teresa Holleran and John Ferreira, and Janine Holleran and Jamie Watson, along with several grandchildren, Caitlin, Sondra, Kayleigh, Ethan, Kyle, Shelby, David Jr, Cody, Jenna, Ashlynn, Jack, Shannon, Jordyn, Jade, Jevan, Jaeger, and his great grandchildren Sophia, Ava and Aliyah.

Jim’s Career included buying for Simpson Sears, Marketing Management for New Castle Products, General Management of Sklar Furniture, General Management of S.E. Woods, CEO of David S. Reid, CEO of Regart Machinery and ended his career consulting for Jones Tent and Awning here in Vancouver, B.C. In his youth, Jim played hockey for the St. Michael Majors back in Toronto and later worked in a management role for the team. Along with watching his Saturday Night in Canada on CBC, he loved to ski and play golf with friends and family members. He and Janine were avid bridge players. He was a commanding father who in his later years evolved into an incredibly happy and humorous Grandpa.

A Roman Catholic Funeral Mass will take place at 11am on Tuesday, July 24th 2018 at St. Augustine’s Parish, located at 7th and Maple in Vancouver.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Operation Smile, P.O. Box 235 Stn Main, Markham, Ontario, L3P 9Z9

Angela Shiells

Jul 21, 2018 7:30am

It was a pleasure to know such a lovely man and to have been able to take him to visit Scotland, France and Ireland in 2005.

Andrew Shiells

Jul 21, 2018 3:25pm

A gentle giant of a man for whom I will always have enormous respect. (Wicked sense of humour was an added bonus!)

Tamara Holleran

Jul 21, 2018 4:39pm

My husband Jim and I and our children Kayleigh, Ethan, Kyle, and Shelby will miss him very much. Wherever he was, he always had a smile on his face and a memorable laugh. Our kids and our pugs always had a great time when "Grandma and Grandpa H" stayed over whether it was for a visit or to babysit so Jim and I could get away together. Donuts for breakfast and dessert was always plentiful and hidden in various locations, to our kids delight. Card games and board games were always on the go when Grandpa was around. I remember him saying with that laugh, "Am I in trouble again Janine?" He spoiled the kids and our pugs. They followed him everywhere. It makes me sad to know that his new great-granddaughters, Sophia and Ava will not know him, but rest assured their mom Kayleigh, and her husband Jimmy will pass on the memories as we all will. We love you Dad and Grandpa, we will never forget you. ❤️❤️ Rest in peace and we will cherish these many happy times we enjoyed with you. Love Always.

Jimmy Holleran

Jul 21, 2018 8:04pm

I wrote a few words for my brother Mark to say on my behalf at my dad’s funeral on Tuesday. I am sure they will be shared with my dad’s family and friends at his funeral. The only missing sentiment is one of gratitude towards the people who truly kept him alive so long throughout his challenges with Alzheimer’s and Cancer. Three people come to mind instantly. My brother David and sister Denise regularly spent time relieving our mom of her care of our father over the last few years so that she could have a few hours of down time a week. My mother worked tirelessly to care and keep our dad healthy and motivated so that he lived well beyond anyone’s expectations to just shy of his 87th birthday. Over 15 years of challenge is a long long time in anyone’s definition. The last few years virtually turning their condo into a hospital ward that provided 24x7 care. I am one of the beneficiaries of their support being able to spend more quality time with him before he passed away. Many others benefited over the last number of years from shared experiences with my dad, that may not have come to fruition. To all the doctors, nurses, friends and family who helped in any way a great big thanks from all us that benefited.

Jimmy Holleran for Lionel Boxer

Jul 22, 2018 2:15pm

Tonight I put on my Jones jacket in memory of you dad. Perfect for mid winter in Melbourne.

Sylvia Tierney McGovern

Jul 24, 2018 4:08am

It is with great sadness that I learn of Mr. Holleran's passing. He was a wonderful man that lived life to its fullest with his loving wife, Janine. His passion for business permeated through his life. He embraced opportunities and when dealing with challenges he viewed them from a positive perspective. He will be missed by all.

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