Shawn Donald Holmesdale, 39, of Ottawa, ON and Kingston, NS passed unexpectedly on February 27, 2013. Shawn lived life to the fullest; he was a family man who loved his wife and children most of all. Shawn was driven and enjoyed setting and attaining goals in both his personal and professional life. He was dedicated to his work; his most recent 13 years were with Quest Software/Dell where he was greatly respected and liked by the hundreds of people who worked for him worldwide. He spent his free time sailing with his wife and children on Lake Ontario, golfing, scuba diving, biking, skiing and table tennis. He was a wine enthusiast, aspiring sommelier and he always appreciated great food and a fine bottle of wine with family and friends. "Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle." Shawn is survived
by his loving wife of 16 years Ruthanne (Houghton) and beautiful children Sarah
(age 5) and Jackson (age 4) (Ottawa, ON), parents Don and Lynda Holmesdale (Kingston, NS), brother Thad (Lisa) Holmesdale (Aylesford, NS), as well as his in- laws David and Sandra Houghton (Kentville, NS) and brother in-law David-James Houghton (Ottawa, ON). "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain We know that Shawn would want us to cherish our fond memories of times spent together. A visitation will be held at the Westboro Chapel of the Tubman Funeral Homes, 403 Richmond Rd. at Roosevelt on Monday, March 4th from 1-3 & 6-8 pm. Shawn would be pleased for donations to be made to your charity of choice, in his name. Condolences, tributes and donations may be made at


Funeral Home

Tubman Funeral Homes - Westboro Chapel
403 Richmond Road Ottawa, ON K2A 0E9
(613) 722-6559

Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Mar. 2, 2013