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Born July 25, 1922 in Toronto, Ed passed away peacefully on July 4, 2013 at the age of 90. He leaves behind his loving wife of 59 years; Eileen and is survived by his three children: Robert, Dawn (Deane), and Geoffrey (Julie) as well as his grandchildren: Keith, Kayley, and Khia. All relatives and friends will miss his caring, thoughtful ways and the twinkle in his eyes. After 32 years of prestigious service in the military, Ed continued his work in intelligence for another 12 successful years with the Department of National Defence until his retirement in 1984. He will be remembered for numerous lifetime accomplishments ranging from being a child virtuoso on the violin to earning the Military Cross in Korea and from being a dedicated family man to contributing selflessly to his community in many ways. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of Ed's life Saturday, July 13 from 12:30 to 3:30 at the Kanata Legion Branch 638 (70 Hines Road). In memoriam, gifts to The Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund are greatly appreciated.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Jul. 9, 2013.
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September 20, 2013
Thanks for all the kind thoughts and special memories that you have shared.
Dawn Hollyer
July 20, 2013
I was fortunate to have had the pleasure of playing in some of the same amateur orchestras with Ed. He was a consummate musician, excellent concert-master and a most considerate human being. I particularly remember the time when I forgot my tuxedo jacket for a concert and we rushed back to his house for one of his spares, which fortunately was a good fit! He will be missed by all who knew him. Sorry this is late, but we have been out of town. Sincere condolences to Eileen and the Hollyer family.
Graham Carpenter
July 16, 2013
Eileen and family: We are sorry to hear that Ed has passed away. He lived a long life and always had a cheery smile for us, his longtime dialysis nurses. Thinking of you at this time. Ottawa-Carleton Dialysis Unit Staff.
July 15, 2013
A pleasure making music with you Ed. Martin Bueno (violin) Divertimento Orchestra. Love to all your family.
Martin Bueno
July 13, 2013
Working in the Int Branch, when ever I asked you about something, you always had the right answer.

Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part, Happy to Meet Again.
Craig McPhee
July 12, 2013
My sincere condolences to Eileen & the family. Ed was the beloved Concert Master of the Kanata Symphony while I was Conductor in the 1980s. Ed brought, among his other talents, professionalism and a wonderful sense of humour. It was rare to get through a rehearsal without a few glorious guffahs at Ed's instigation. Ed loved having fun & was fun to be around. The enthusiasm of his fiddle playing at parties was legendary. It was a privilege to have been able to share in the musical part of Ed's journey. He will be sorely missed.
Jeff Knapp
July 12, 2013
It is with a deep sense of sadness that I learned of Ed's passing. I worked with Ed at NDHQ. Please accept my sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Ron Donovan
July 12, 2013
Dear Eileen, children and grandchildren,
We offer you our warmest condolences. Ed was a great friend to us and an excellent Concertmaster of Divertimento Orchestra. His gentle admonition to tidy the furniture after each rehearsal at Trinity Anglican Church stays with us: "Ladies and gentlemen, beds and chairs, beds and chairs."
Our daughter, Julia St. Louis (née Snelson) also wishes you to know of her sympathy.
Elsa and Gordon Slater
July 11, 2013
Eileen and family,we are thinking of you at this very sad time.Love,Betty and Khalid
July 11, 2013
Thoughts and prayers go to Ed's family. I have many fond memories of Ed through the Kanata Symphony for many years.
Carol Bode
July 11, 2013
Such a great mentor and friend to me and my family. He will be greatly missed.
Cathy and Terry O'Hearn
July 10, 2013
I am sure that this is a difficult time for your family, but hopefully there is some solace in knowing that Ed's life was fully and well spent. He touched many in so many positive ways. My sincerest condolences. I will take away the image of him playing his fiddle why a neighbour played the spoons up on Otter Lake.
Doug Kinsey
July 10, 2013
Eileen and family, our deepest condolences on the loss of your husband and father.
My father, Lt. Col. David Wiens was saddened by the news and sends his deepest condolences.
Gail and Ned Segal
July 9, 2013
Eileen and Family Our thougts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. (dyalisis)
Donna and Bruce Murray
July 9, 2013
Ed Hollyer took me under his wing when my first posting was to NDHQ. I was not a very good young officer. That fact did not deter him. He was kind, patient, supportive, and filled with innate goodness. I will always remember him.
George Johnstone
July 9, 2013
Our sincere condolences to Eileen and all the Hollyer family.
Ed was the patriarch of the civilian analysts in Defence Intelligence and we shared lots of cold war discussions as well as many warm and laugh filled social occasions at the Otter Lake cottage. Ed was always one to sit at the piano or get out his violin and lead a sing song or musical interlude.
Rest well Ed.
Mike and Maxine Bowen Kingston ON
July 9, 2013
I was fortunate enough to be the Director of Defence intelligence 1977-81 when Ed was one of the key analyst within the Directorate. His service through these four years was much like his service in uniform, timely, correct and very, very valuable. His award of the Military Cross for his distinguished service in Korea was followed by his most valuable contribution to the Canadian Army and the Canadian Forces after his return to Canada. An excellent soldier, a real gentleman and a very good friend, he will be sorely missed by all who were fortunate enough to know and to serve with him. His contribution as one of the "Friends of the Canadian War Museum" will also be greatly missed. Goodbye my friend. Doug Yuill
July 9, 2013
My sincere condolences to Eileen, Ed's loving wife and all of the family. We will all miss Ed's ways, with his wife and family by his side from being gracious hosts expressing the freedoms of storytelling and music to being engaged in many charitable and volunteer activities. We are fortunate to know a caring and gifted man that believed in compassionate humanity for all by the ultimate example of how he lived his life. We will miss fishing with Ed, however his legacy will be as a fisher of men bringing us together.
Catherine Hollyer
July 9, 2013
Thanks Ed for what you did for me while serving in the Int Branch.
Ray LeCavalier
July 9, 2013
Condolences to the family of HOLLYER, LCOL E.H. MC CD, better known to his friends and associates as “ED”. Having worked with “ED” at NDHQ and server with him in the Regiment of Canadian Guards he was always without a doubt an officer and a gentleman. On retirement taking up residence in Glen Carin on Thursday evening home games of the Kanata Lasers Junior Hockey team we could always find Ed and his loving caring wife in the stands supporting the team. As a soldier and citizen “ED” was second to none.
Howie Pierce
July 9, 2013
You were the best Ed. It was a privilege serving with you.
John G. Smith, CWO (retired) Provost Corps
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