In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


William Andrew (Dutch) Holland


Chief Petty Officer, Electrician, RCN / C.A.F.


Lt (N) (MSE), C.A.F. (Navy / Nav Res)


Born: 20 Jul 1939, Victoria, British Columbia


Died: 02 Nov 2021, Ottawa, Ontario


HOLLAND, William Andrew (Dutch) - Peacefully on November 2, 2021 with his beloved wife, Elva, by his side, at the Colonel By Retirement Residence in Ottawa.


Born on July 20, 1939 in Victoria, British Colombia, Bill joined the Royal Canadian Navy in Esquimalt in 1957. He served through the years from Seaman to Chief Petty Officer and Lieutenant (N). At the time he accepted his commission to Lieutenant (N), he was the senior Warrant Officer in the Canadian Forces. Bill served on every type of vessel and in every theatre covered by the Royal Canadian Navy. In the final years of his career he was Marine Systems Engineer of the Canadian Forces team preparing the Halifax Class Frigates for acceptance by the military.


Bill's one great activity when on shore was golf, a sport he learned from his father. No matter which port he was in, he and his friends would hit the beach and find the local course. The game was his lifelong passion.


Bill's heart was big but not strong; in retirement he had several heart procedures. Typical of Bill, he turned those experiences into a positive. He admired and appreciated the doctors and staff who treated him at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He and his wife, Elva, became great supporters of the cardiac rehabilitation program with unstinting generosity of their time. In 2019, the Holland Pavilion for Cardiac Rehabilitation was dedicated to them, a joy and honour they both richly deserved.


Bill was a man of integrity and perseverance. He dealt with many health issues in his later years but always managed to bounce back no matter the odds. His strength came from an ironclad discipline and an unwaveringly positive attitude. These traits served him well right to the end of his life.


A Memorial Service will take place at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 12 at the Kelly Funeral Home Walkley Chapel, 1255 Walkley Road, Ottawa, K1V 6P9, 613-731-1255. 


*At the family's request, all attendees will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon entering the funeral home*


In Memoriam donations to the Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation are appreciated by the family.


Dutch served in the RCN / C.A.F. from 1957 to 1986 and then the Naval Reserves from 1986 to 1993


Ships served in:

HMCS SKEENA - Served in SKEENA 1957 - 1959

HMCS SIOUX - Served in SIOUX 1959 - 1963

HMCS CAPE SCOTT - Served in CAPE SCOTT 1963 - 1966

HMCS ANNAPOLIS - Served in ANNAPOLIS 1966 - 1969

HMCS IROQUOIS - Served in IROQUOIS 1972-1972

HMCS SKEENA - Served in SKEENA 1975 - 1976




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