"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith". And so it was that in the early evening of February 13th, Hartley Randolph Holland, surrounded by his family, finished life’s course and went home to be with his Lord and Saviour. Born on May 6th, 1924, Hartley was the first born to Oliver and Tressa (Jordan) Holland. Married to the love of his life, he and Edwena (Foster) enjoyed over ‘74 years of marriage’, and were blessed with wonderful health and much happiness.
In addition to his wife, Hartley is survived by his son Fred (Wendy), daughter Dianne McCallum (Dwight), daughter Gail Rickard (Robin), daughter-in-law Bonnie, brothers Garnet, Merritt, sisters Lillian Wilson, Annie Harris, Florence O’Neill, Doris Jamieson, and Joyce Greer, grandchildren Christopher McCallum, Jenny Stymiest, Tammy Jensen, Peter Holland, Trisha Comeau, Scott Holland, Michael Holland, and Kimberley Strowbridge, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Like any family, Hartley and Edwena shared times of great joy and times of deep sorrow. In addition to his parents, Hartley was predeceased by his son Rick, his grandson Timothy, and his brothers Weldon, George and Howard.
Hartley worked for many years with SMT and NB Power prior to his retirement in 1987. Although he enjoyed the simple things in life, his greatest accomplishment was that of being a devoted husband, a wonderful father, grandfather and a friend to many. Hartley loved to spend time reminiscing about the ‘good old days’ and enjoyed countless hours in conversations with family and friends in the warmth and comfort of his ‘sun room’.
In his earlier years, Hartley enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and was an avid outdoorsman. He and Edwena enjoyed the company of family and friends while attending hundreds of community and church suppers, and accumulated thousands of miles driving through the country sides of New Brunswick, again, often accompanied by family and life long friends.
Hartley, by virtue of his age, was the oldest living member of the Corbett Avenue Wesleyan Church. He was also a Member of the Alexandria Masonic Lodge # 33 F & A M and the River Valley Antique Tractor & Engine Club. In keeping with Hartley’s wishes, visitation will be held at the Corbett Avenue Wesleyan Church, 55 Corbett Avenue, Fredericton on Saturday, February 16th, 2019, at 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM followed by a celebration of Hartley’s life beginning at 2:00 PM. For those who wish and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Corbett Avenue Wesleyan Church, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or a charity of the donor’s choice.