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Statement from the Mayor

Mayor Veer statement on passing of Don Holloway

April 22, 2021 11:34 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Don Holloway, Red Deer’s 2020 Honorary Senior Citizen of the year and one of our city’s last known living veterans of the Korean War.

Originally from Newfoundland, Don lived in Red Deer since 1981 and contributed to the strength of our community, province and country, and proudly served in the Canadian Forces for 31 years from 1951 to his retirement in 1982.

Don was born on June 11, 1932 in Port Blandford, Newfoundland and enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1951. Don spent a year serving in the Korean War as a Combat Engineer, and by 1977, he and his family had settled in Penhold, Alberta. As he was nearing retirement, Don built a house and made his final move to Red Deer in 1981.

Don became a great personal friend over the years, and he was always active in milestone community ceremonies such as: attending the opening of Veterans’ Park downtown, commemorating the many sacrifices our veterans made on Remembrance Day, and Korean War Veterans Armistice Day ceremonies. As the 2020 Honorary Senior Citizen, I had the great honour of meeting with him and his wife, Sylvia, outside their home this past summer to commend him for his community contributions. We honour the legacies he built, the relationships he leaves behind, and his service to our country.

On behalf of City Council, The City of Red Deer, and the citizens of our community, we want to express our deepest condolences to his wife Sylvia, his family and his many friends. We are so grateful for Don’s life and legacy, and his many contributions to our community and country.”

For more information, please contact:

Corporate Communications
The City of Red Deer

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