McCall Gardens

With gratitude, we celebrate the long life of a dearly loved, wonderful man.  Jack was born in Waterton Lakes National Park, the third of five children to Bo and Constance Holroyd. His imagination was primed as a child, exploring and creating adventures with his brother and sisters in a vast mountainous wilderness playground.  His early life made him an avid outdoorsman, a superb horseman and engendered his lifelong curiosity.  As a mature student, he attended the University of Calgary, achieving a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction.  His career with Parks Canada took advantage of his love and knowledge of nature and led him and his family to live in some of the loveliest places in Canada.

Jack is predeceased by his parents, Bo and Con Holroyd; his brother, Art; two sisters, Dix Alm (Wes) and Norah McNab (Jim) and his daughter in law, Mavis.  Jack leaves to remember him, his loving, devoted wife of 65 years, Janet; sons, Dave and Doug (Darrin); grandsons, Ryan (Shu-Wei) and Scott (Angela) and his sister, Alice Cook (Don). Jack, to the end of his life, had an energetic mind and a great interest in history and current affairs.  He had an abiding love for his country.  We, your family, love you Dad and are very grateful to you.

In honour of Jack’s memory, please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or the M.S. Society of Canada.

A Celebration of Life for Jack will take place on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at 1:00 pm in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens




  • Patricia Benson
    October 13, 2017

    Janet: I was deeply saddened to learn of Jack’s death. I had the pleasure of working with him in Pacific Rim, and in the Calgary office. He was a colleague and a friend, and I enjoyed the times we worked together. He arrived at the office early, as did I, and would break for coffee at 7:30 when Jim Raby would join us! I heard many stories and learned of many exploits – surely not all of them true? I was so glad to have known you both. Garth joins me in extending our most sincere condolences at this difficult time.

  • Dave Street
    October 12, 2017

    I was saddened to hear of Jack’s passing. I have fond memories of working with Jack in his many positions with Parks Canada. He was very respectful of his fellow workers and I believe all who worked with him enjoyed their experiences. My co-worker John Watts (recently deceased) had a great friendship with Jack and he often mentioned his name very fondly. Please accept my condolences on Jack’s passing.

  • Robert Hermanrude
    October 10, 2017

    Good evening from Salmon Arm BC,
    My mother , Alice Hermanrude and I extend our condolences on the passing of Jack. Time waits for no one and it has been over 5 years since my Dad ( Ole ) passed .It is very sad to know that many of ” the old guard” have now passed on.. Hopefully they will traveling the passes and trails once again stopping for the night in a snug Warden cabin.
    Robert Hermanrude

  • Edwin Knox
    October 10, 2017

    On behalf of the warden and resource conservation staff of Waterton Lakes National Park I offer condolences to the Holroyd and extended family and friends of Jack. Through photo albums of his mothers that were shared by family members many adventuresome and happy memories of Jack and his siblings live on. I am sorry I never got to meet Jack in person but in recent years had several interesting and informative phone visits as he answered so smartly my questions about family and Waterton history.

  • Bonnie Close
    October 9, 2017

    To the family of Jack Holroyd I extend my love and wish you many blessings. Jack was one of my favourite Superintendents when he was at Pacific Rim and I was his secretary. He taught me so many interesting things – such as plate tectonics. What an amazingly full life Jack led and shared with those of use who got to spend a little time with him.

  • Judy and Bob Coulter
    October 7, 2017

    Janet and family,

    We are very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. We recall with very fond memories the time we were neighbours, living on Burgoyne. Jack always enjoyed a good discussion about whatever topic dominated the news. Our girls used to say Mr. Holroyd had the coolest driveway and he would always move his truck so they could either toboggan or ride their bikes down it with great speed. He was a true gentleman.
    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
    Best regards,
    Judy, Bob, Lauren, Alycia and Rebecca Coulter

  • Harry Mercer
    October 7, 2017

    Please accept my condolences on Jack’s passing. I met Jack in 2014 when we relocated to Sidney and I began morning walks along the Sidney waterfront. Since that time we have had many chats on these walks and covered quite a range of topics especially about politics and world affairs mixed in with his observations about nature and the sights we would see along the way. I was impressed with his background and his experiences. We also exchanged a few books to read. Jack read extensively. We just returned from a few months travel and I was looking forward to getting his updates. I was shocked to hear that Jack had just passed away. I will always remember Jack’s quiet and engaging personality and will miss bumping into him on my walks. Take care. Harry Mercer

  • Bud Wood
    October 7, 2017

    God bless a frequent walking partner along the Lochside waterfront. Will miss the conversations. Taught me a lot about the local birds and animals.
    Glad I had the chance to meet him.
    My serious condolences to Jan and family.

  • Anne Stevick
    October 5, 2017

    Auntie Janet, David, Doug, Scott and Angela, Ryan and family,

    I feel so sad to not have my favourite “Uncle Jack” to call and ask about his trips to Africa, Cuba or the Amazon! I so enjoyed our visit two years ago in November when I read his entire diary on he and Janet’s trip to Fernando de Noronja. And the laughs that we had when we were at University of Calgary together! And then Janet would cook us supper while we studied together.
    I think that Jack and Max Winkler needed to go together on this last pack trip! And the reunion in Heaven will be amazing, with Art, Dix, Jack, Norah, Granny and Grandad, Clay, Connie and many others to tell stories.
    All our love and hugs from Quentin and myself, and we will both be there in spirit to celebrate a wonderful life! Love to you all.

  • Wes Alm & Annette Rush
    October 5, 2017

    One is never prepared to lose someone so special in our lives. Jack as well as his wife Janet made me feel so very welcome to be a part of their extended family. For this I will be eternally grateful. Wes ( Alm ) and I offer our Deepest Sympathy to Janet, Doug and Dave as well as Alice and their extended families for their loss of someone truly special.

  • Julie Alm
    October 5, 2017

    Auntie Janet, Dave and Doug and families,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Jack was one of the best. I will always remember his caring nature, his sense of humor and his hugs. He made an impression on me from the time I was a little girl that made me always look forward to seeing him. We will miss him so much, but I believe there is a grand reunion going on in Heaven right now. I’m so sorry that I will not be able to attend the celebration of life. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love and hugs from one of Uncle Jack’s many favorite nieces…
    Julie Alm

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