James Richard HOLBROOK

James Richard HOLBROOK


James Richard

“J.R.” passed peacefully on December 27, 2015 at the age of 80. He was born on June 10, 1935 in Calgary, but later the family moved to Sylvan Lake, Alberta which is where he called home early in life. His work rode the rails. He started his railway career in 1949 on a section crew with the C.P.R., but later on with Canadian National Railways, and became a Locomotive Engineer. He spent over 35 years “earning his miles” before retiring in 1990. His hobby, Country Music, was reflected in his vast record collection, playing guitar in a band at a local pub or realizing his dream of seeing Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. He also visited Holbrook, Arizona. J.R. is predeceased by his father Perry Richard Holbrook, mother Emma Alice Holbrook, sister Laverne, sister Sandra and granddaughter Jennifer Marie. He is survived by his former wife Rose, sons Michael (Laurie), Patrick (Jennifer) and Robert, five grandkids and six great-grandkids, brothers Perry and Donald, sister Mavis and many nieces and nephews. No Service will be held. After cremation J.R. will be laid to rest in Sylvan Lake. A family remembrance may be held at a later date.

Special Thanks for the exceptional care afforded to him during his last months by the staff of Blueberry Ward at Overlander Residential Care in Kamloops. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to O.R.C. or the Canadian Cancer Society in J.R.’s name. Arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, Kamloops.

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