HOLLAND, David Daniel "Dutch"
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1954 - 2013
David Daniel Holland, age 58, passed away suddenly at home. He will be greatly missed by his mother, Margarete, his brother, Ralph (Candy), his sisters, Donna (Lou) and Laura (Osh) and a multitude of friends, especially Rick (Sherry) Melia, Al(Marie) Hancock, Garry (Barb) Weisbrot, Rob (Alison) Poole and Stan Thorseth. Dave was predeceased by his father, Wilber, in 2006.
Dave was born in Kelowna, B.C., on June 3, 1954 and started running early, the beginning of a lifelong passion for sports.
He started school, at age 5, in Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Moving back to B.C. proved a bit of a shock to young David so he was quite happy when his family moved to Santiago, Chile. Happy, that is, until he realized even the comics were in Spanish!
In Fredericton, N.B., Grade 6 yielded the biggest discovery of his life: basketball. Things were never the same, even when he moved to Edmonton in 1967. He played basketball at Harry Ainlay High School, 1967-71, and the University of Alberta, 1972-76. His teammates renamed him "Dutch" and it stuck.
Combining two of his favorite things, athletics and travel, "Dutch" was a committed team player for provincial and national basketball, for rugby and for team handball teams in competitions across Canada and other countries, including Australia, New Zealand and the US. He also introduced Alberta and Saskatchewan junior and high school students to team handball.
For more than 25 years, he was a generous, well-respected volunteer coach, especially for the Edmonton Nor'Westers Rugby Club, and the Harry Ainlay Titans boys' basketball and rugby teams. Dave, sensitive to the needs of the players, motivated them to be the best they could be.
A gentle, easy-going giant, David Holland will be missed by his extended family and his many friends.
A Celebration of Dutch's Life will be held at 2:30 pm on Friday, January 11, 2013, at the Ellerslie Rugby Park, 11004 Ellerslie Road SW, Edmonton.
A youth sport endowment fund has been set up in Dutch's name. Donations to the Canadian Rugby Foundation, ANAA "Dutch" c/o Don Paradis, 1025 Parker Drive, Sherwood Park, AB, T8A 1C5, would be appreciated.
Published in The Edmonton Journal from Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, 2013