Dave Holmes, BASc’48

holmes-daveDave Holmes was 88 years old at the time of his passing. He graduated at the top of his class in forest engineering in 1948, winning scholarships that enabled him to attend the Yale School of Forestry for a graduate degree thereafter. He returned to BC after his graduate studies and worked for the H.R. MacMillan Export Co., later MacMillan Bloedel, until the early 1960s. He became a forestry instructor at BCIT in 1964, rising to become chief instructor. He published several editions of a text on roads and transportation and taught many, many forestry technology students who graduated and worked in government and for the BC forest industry and beyond. He maintained contact with professional colleagues throughout his long career, both when working for private industry and when teaching. He retired from BCIT in 1989 and enjoyed a lengthy retirement, enjoying time with family, friends, neighbours and, of course, his beloved garden. He met Iris Murray, BHE’49, when they were both working in Duncan, BC, Dave as a forest engineer and Iris as a home economics teacher in high school. They married in 1952. They had three children: Kenneth, Robert, BA’78, LLB’81, Yale LLM’84, QC, and Mary, BCom’84, MBA’89. Dave lost the love of his life when Iris passed away in 2008. He is survived by his sister, Constance Isherwood, QC, LLB’51, his three children, eight grandchildren, four great‑grandchildren and many dear cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. He led a very happy life, full of personal accomplishments and was proud of, and encouraging to, his family and friends in all that they chose to pursue.

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