Ivor Allen Holland

On Sunday, May 23, 2010 our beloved Ivor Allen Holland passed away peacefully at his home in Vernon. Ivor was a man with an abundance of beautiful gifts, and our hearts will forever be full of his music, his art and his love.

Ivor is survived by his wife Gail, daughter Sarah (Ken), son Iestyn, stepson Billy (Heli), stepdaughter Christina (Russ) and mother-in-law Dorothy. Grandpa will also be dearly missed by his grandchildren Gryffyn, William, Preston, Stephanie and Emily. Across the ocean in Wales is Ivor’s brother Albert and family and sister Polly and family.

Ivor was born October 28, 1945 in Wales, where his inherent love of music flourished from an early age. The guitar was his instrument of choice, and he was in bands and played for his family and friends throughout his life.

When Ivor was 21 he came to Canada, where his gypsy soul took him from Toronto to Richmond, B.C., St. Albert, Alberta, Coquitlam and Steveston, B.C. and finally to Vernon. No matter where he lived, Ivor always brought his talent as an artist, and he shared this gift in a variety of ways, whether it was by painting ethereal landscapes or drawing a train for his grandson. Ivor was a successful businessman, but at heart he was an artist. He dreamed of days spent playing guitar on the beach and sharing his passion with others.

We were fortunate that Ivor’s art extended into the kitchen. He was a wonderful cook who perfected grilling and the art of seafood, and all of his dishes came to fruition without a recipe book or fancy tools. Our crab cakes and scallops are pale imitations of his creations.

He was also a devoted golfer and will be missed on the greens at Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club and in ‘The Green’ for those celebratory pints.

We know Ivor will always be with us, and we all carry a piece of him in our hearts and minds.

We are having a celebration of Ivor’s life on Sunday, June 6 at our home, 858 Mt. Grady Place, from noon onward. Everyone is welcome to come and share their memories.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ivor’s name to The Canadian Cancer Society, 104, 3402-27th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S1.