Lyall Ross Holmes

In Memorial

May 18, 1935 – July 27, 2013

Lyall R. Holmes passed away peacefully on July 27th, 2013. He was born May 18th, 1935 in Padstow, Alberta. Lyall grew up in the Queen Charlottes, New Westminster and Maple Ridge. After serving in the RCAF Lyall obtained a degree in electrical engineering from UBC. He then went on to a successful career with BC Hydro. He was an avid outdoorsman who possessed a unique love for life. Lyall was also a proud member of AA for over 32 years. He enjoyed many pastimes with his family such as camping, fishing, woodworking, playing cards and bird watching. He had a great sense of humor and was always up to another adventure.

Lyall lived for his family and was a caring and loving father to his daughters Linda (George) Szilagyi, Susan (Charlie) Marshall and Deanna (Boy) Kayona. He was also a loyal and generous Grampa to his nine grandchildren: Jennifer, Amanda, Kristopher, Daniel, Melyssa, Thomas, Jordan, Lisa, and Jillian, and six great grandchildren.

He is predeceased by his parents, Ross and Alice, and his first wife Gwen, the mother of his children.

He leaves his wife Shirley, and will be missed by his brother Don (Jean) Holmes, sister Pat (Brian) Hooker and, an uncle, Jack Jacobson and two aunts, Norma Jacobson and Nan Jacobson; and many loved nieces, nephews and friends.

A big thanks to Dr. Tinney, Dr. Mawani, the nurses, staff and volunteers at hospice who provided Lyall with the most respectful and loving care.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Ridge Meadows Hospice Society.

A celebration of life will be held 1 pm on August 9, 2013 at Garden Hill Cremation & Funeral Services 11765 224th Street, Maple Ridge.

He will be dearly missed and remembered with a smile.



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  1. Ann Carlson :

    I will always remember Lyall as a caring man. He had a great sense of humour, loved his laugh and smile. The family and the history of his family were important to him. He will missed something fierce.

  2. Sandra and Roger Sellick :

    With heartfelt sympathy to all of Lyall’s immediate and extended family. We remember him fondly.

  3. Lyn & Doug Webber :

    Our deepest condolences to all the family. Lyall was a wonderful friend and he will be greatly missed.

  4. Colleen mudry :

    My deepest condolences to Uncle Lyall’s immediate and extended families. With sad regrets and happy memories.

  5. Jennifer Leduc :

    Oh bumpa, my bumpa. What an honoured family we are to have you as our Patriarch. Your very existence exuded kindness, optimism, grace, joy, love, humor and forgiveness. Not to mention courage, and the ability to smile, even on the worst days. You reminded us always that it’s a beautiful thing to smile. And that even on our worst days, the sun will rise again tomorrow with a chance for a brand new day.
    Thank you. Thank you for your gifts to us. Thank you for being the quietly proud, yet humble Lyall Holmes. Thank you for teaching us to never stop playing, never stop adventuring, never stop living. Thank you for the twinkle in your eye, even during the most frustrating times. …like the time i took a permanent marker to the woodcarved birds you’d spent so much time on. For being there no matter what. Even though hundreds of miles separated us, you never missed an opening night, or important surgery, or milestone. Thank you for teaching us family.
    You have always been and will continue to be a pillar of love and joy and laughter for our family.

    So long my darlin

  6. Linda Record :

    Dear Shirley, I know how proud Lyall was to share his life with you. We were all so happy for you both when you found each other. We will really miss Lyall’s input and positive attitude and will all miss him terribly. Lyall was a pillar of strength no matter what. Condolences to his children.
    Linda Record

  7. Janelle Frederick :

    My condolences to all of Lyall’s family, friends and loved ones. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

  8. Janet Blaikie-Lemay :

    Our deepest sympathy to the family of Lyall Holmes. He was a wonderful man. We always enjoyed his company at the many family reunions we held either in BC or Alberta. We will miss him.

    Cousin Janet & Robert

  9. Bill & Sue Solberg :

    Shirley – we are so sorry you have lost your dear husband and best friend. We know how much joy you brought to each other. We met Lyall a few times and didn’t know him really well but we do know how loved he was by family and extended family. We hope you find peace in remembering all the happy times you had together. Condolences to all of Lyall’s family in their loss of a fine gentleman.

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