With great sadness, we announce the passing of a loving husband, devoted father, and grandfather. Ed Holownia, age 84, passed in the presence of his Lord on Jan. 19, 2021 at Jubilee Lodge.
Left to cherish and honor his life is wife Carolyn (of 55 years), children Shannon (Ted), Jade (Brandy), Travis (engaged to Jess), and 11 grandchildren: Natalie, Meagan, Rebecca, Caleb, Amy, Hannah, Joel, Joshua, Alicia, Ethan & Grace. Ed will also be dearly missed by his siblings: Joyce, Jean, Alex (Myrna) & Sylvia (Hugh).
Born in Vilna, AB in 1936, Ed was the son of Sam and Elizabeth Holownia who immigrated from Poland six years prior, establishing a family homestead. At 18, Ed moved to Edmonton where he completed his Power Engineering certificate and worked at Burns Foods and Texaco Oil.
After completing a Bachelor of Education at the U of A, Ed taught for many years at W. P. Wagner high school, creating a new Building Operations program. He would later teach at NAIT. Over his teaching career, he helped countless students launch into meaningful careers.
Ed met the love of his life, Carolyn Goodman of Beiseker, AB and they were married 55 years. Father of 3, Dad loved his kids treasuring each sporting and musical performance and making the most of any “teachable moment.” As a family, they were very involved at their church, Central Tabernacle (later North Pointe) where Ed served faithfully for many years.
With a quiet demeanor, Ed was known as patient, thoughtful, hard-working, humble and tender-hearted. Generous with his time and resources, Ed visited seniors in hospitals and homes and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone. He was deeply anchored by his faith in Christ.
Spending time with his 11 grandchildren, especially at the family cabin he co-built at Moose Lake, brought him incredible joy. In retirement, Ed would enjoy trips to Europe, Israel, Alaska, New York & Poland to explore his family roots. He enjoyed working with his hands and was the ultimate do-it-yourself handyman. He loved reading, music, story-telling and never resisted a well-timed pun.
In his later years, he would journey with dementia, with his loving wife by his side. He truly lived a full and meaningful life and leaves a rich heritage and many treasured memories for his family and friends. We are deeply comforted to know that he is now with his Saviour and friend, Jesus. He will be deeply missed.
Funeral Service to be held on January 23, 2021 at 12:30 pm.
We would love for you to join us via Zoom. It would mean a lot for us to see your faces at the funeral.
Click here for Zoom Link (Meeting ID: 837 6909 7342 Passcode: 1234)
A Youtube link is also available if you prefer. The service can seen later at this link as well.