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Gibb Holgate

May 1, 1930 ~ February 9, 2021 (age 90)

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Holgate, Gibb

May 1, 1930 ~ February 9, 2021

Ashcroft, B.C.

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our Beloved Husband, Father, and Poppa. Gibb passed away in the early morning hours of February 9, 2021 with his three special girls by his side. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Mary, his daughters Donna (Norman), Lynn (Steve), his granddaughter Michelle, his grandson Christopher (Chelsey) and the newest addition to the family, his great grandson Cooper. Also grieving his loss are close family friends, Sandra and Tony, who he loved like his own. Gibb was born in Calgary, Alberta, on May 1, 1930 to parents Dennis and Pollie Holgate. He was one of six children and predeceased by his parents and siblings Hazel, Dennis, June and Ethel. Frances is the only surviving sister. With his parents he moved many times as a child before arriving in Ashcroft as a young boy of nine years old. He was a hardworking man all his life, and started when he was just 14 years old, driving Taxi for his Dad who owned and operated the Ashcroft Taxi Service. He drove Freight Truck for Tom Stewart, making trips through the Fraser Canyon to Vancouver, and he also worked on the pipeline for a time. Gibb took over the Shell Oil Bulk Plant in Ashcroft from Tom Stewart and for the next 45 years he proudly operated his business until his retirement in 1993. Gibb volunteered with many local organizations within the village including the startup of the Ashcroft Rodeo for which he was recognized for, as a 50-year member. He helped to establish the Hydroplane races on Barnes Lake near Ashcroft, and he was an active member of the Ashcroft Volunteer Fire Dept., serving as Fire Chief for a period of time. One of his favorite pastimes was spending time at the cabin on Green Lake. He loved to share it with family and friends and always had many stories to tell and it was often said he should write a book, it would have been a Best Seller. Gibb was a proud family man with a quick wit and a kind and generous heart. A true gentleman, he was loved by all those who were fortunate enough to have known him. The family wishes to thank the staff in the ER and ICU departments at the Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, BC There will be no Formal Service and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gibb’s name to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation and/or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. 

Forever in our hearts and always in our thoughts. Your loving family

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