In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


John Holland


Lieutenant-Commander, O-33740, RCN(R)


Died: 11 Aug 2002, London, Ontario


HOLLAND, The Honourable John, Q.C., B.A., L.L.B. Peacefully, surrounded by his children, The Honourable John Holland, Q.C., passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2002 at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario, at age 84. Beloved husband of the late Mary Agnes Holland (nee Chick). Dear father of Nan Polleys, John, Melissa Costigan, Mary Agnes and Daniel. Dearest grandfather of William, Daniel, Ann and Theodore Polleys, John, Heather and Todd Holland, Gregory and Jennifer Costigan and Seth and Elspeth Holland. Also survived by his sisters, Mary Agnes Clickner (nee Holland) and Nan Nowakowski (nee Holland) and his sister-in-law, Helen Holland. John was a graduate of Kennedy Collegiate Institute and while there, he was the City of Windsor swimming champion. In 1940, John joined the Royal Canadian Navy and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander, Senior Officer in charge of the Corvette 'The Snowberry', providing escort duty in the North Atlantic during WWII. After WWII, John studied Law at Osgoode Hall. John was a devoted husband to Mary Agnes for 57 years, as well as a caring father and grandfather. His time and love were always focused on his family and his friends. John was a Senior Partner at the Law Firm of McTague, Clark and Holland until his appointment to the Supreme Court of Ontario as a Justice of the High Court. John's family would like to express their deepest appreciation and gratitude to his health care workers, Sandy D'Avirro and Jane Tapp, who provided excellent comfort and companionship to both John and Mary Agnes these past 7 years. Also to the nurses and doctors in the ICU at Victoria Hospital for their compassion and sensitivity to John and his family in his final days. A Memorial Service to celebrate John's Life will be held at All Saints Anglican Church, 330 City Hall Square, Windsor, Ontario, on Wednesday, August 14, 2002 at 11:00 a.m., Archdeacon Robert Bennett officiating. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the Victorian Order of Nurses or to All Saints Anglican Church, Windsor, by contacting the Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 895 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, Ontario N9A 4J5, (519) 254-3223. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. You were the best Dad a kid could have Thank you and bless you for being so wonderful. (The Globe and Mail 12 Aug 2002)


Ships served in:

WINDSOR DIVISION RCNVR - Attached as a Prob. SLt, RCNVR (Navy List Jul 1941)

HMCS KINGS - Appointed to Kings 27 Aug 1941 as a Prob. SLt, RCNVR (Navy List Oct 1941)

HMCS SNOWBERRY  Appointed to Snowberry 01 Jan 1942 as a SLt, RCNVR (seniority 18 Aug 1941) (Navy List Jan 1942).  Appointed Lt, RCNVR (seniority 18 Feb 1943).  Seniority backdated 18 Feb 1942 (Navy List May 1944)

HMCS LANARK - Appointed to Lanark 12 May 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Jul 1944)

HMCS STADACONA (Depot Ship Halifax) - Appointed to Stadacona, Add'l, For Disposal or Under Training - for Command Course 02 Aug 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Sep 1944)

HMCS SOMERS ISLES (Bermuda) - Appointed to Somers Isles 13 Nov 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Jan 1945)

HMCS LETHBRDIGE - Served in Lethbridge 08 Apr 1945 - 23 Jul 1945 as a Lt, RCNVR, CO (Macpherson-Burgess - Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981)

* Lt Holland is not listed in the available Navy Lists for Apr, Jul and Oct 1946

HMCS HUNTER - Appointed to Hunter 28 Sep 1946 as a Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 18 Feb 1942) (Navy List Jan 1947).  Appointed to LCdr, RCN(R) (on the retired list) (seniority 18 Feb 1950) (Navy List Jul 1952).  Last noted on the Retired List at HMCS HUNTER as a LCdr, RCN(R) (Navy List Jan 1960) 

* Retired List as a Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 18 Feb 1942) (Navy List Jul 1948)




(JH01) Officers of HMCS SNOWBERRY - SLt John Holland 1st on right  (JH02) Ship's clock from HMCS LETHBRIDGE.  Upon demobilization, the crew gave Lt Holland the ship's clock mounted with a plaque



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