"I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
Struck off Strength: Colonel (Ret’d) Jarrott (Jerry)W. Holtzhauer, CD died on September 12, 2020 under the loving care of Chapel Hill Retirement Residence after many medical complications borne as usual with a sense of humour and without complaint.
Jarrott’s life was one of service to his country and commitment to his family. He was the deeply loved and always loving husband for 60 years of Judith Ann Neale. He was the very proud father of his wonderful children, Katie (Larry) and Christopher (Suanne), the joyful Poppa of his amazing grandchildren Laurel and Thomas (Kajtya), Liam and Jake and his treasured great- grandsons Tobias and Trevor.
Born in Galt, Ontario, August 31, 1935, into a military family to MW01 Wilbert Holtzhauer and Gertrude Holtzhauer, he was the eldest of four boys, always devoted to his late parents and his brothers, Rayburn (Trudy), the late Harvey and the late Dwight.
After growing up in Camp Borden, he went on to graduate from Royal Roads Military College (Victoria) and Royal Military College (Kingston) where he made connections and friendships that sustained him his whole life.
His 35 year career as a Service Corps and Logistics Officer offered opportunities to explore and serve Canada, especially in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, to participate in a UN tour in India/Pakistan and with NATO in Germany as the Commanding Officer of 4 Service Battalion (Lahr).
After his retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces, Jarrott continued to serve within the Public Service. His second retirement left him free to continue volunteering for many military organizations he loved; CAVUNP, NATO Vets, and the RMC Club. His proudest accomplishment was his involvement in the development of the new Canadian War Museum, the “Passing of the Torch" campaign and his opportunity to serve as the President of the Friends of the War Museum for 12 years.
Always an athlete, he loved biking in summer and skiing in winter but golf was his passion and curling his joy. He loved his companions on the course and the rink and having the winning hand with his Tuesday night poker group.
His commitment to service extended to the community. He was a dedicated volunteer for many years for the Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre.
He was honoured to receive the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.
Always kind and thoughtful and a true gentleman, Jarrott felt blessed to have wonderful friends, to be able to travel widely and to live each moment well. A good party, a fine meal and a great scotch made any day perfect.
A heartfelt thank you from his family to each of you who enriched his life in so many ways. He valued you all.
A Graveside Service of Thanksgiving with Military Honours will be held in the National Military Cemetery located at Beechwood Cemetery in October. When Covid-19 restrictions have lifted we will celebrate with a grand happy hour, the party he always wanted.
Donations in Jarrott’s memory may be made to the “Friends of the Canadian War Museum" or the Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre, both organizations dear to his heart.
The life that I have
Is all that I have
And all that I have
Katie, my deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Servitium Nulli Secundus 🇨🇦⚔️
Kathy and Pat Greaney
A beautiful tribute to a life well lived. We hope that reflecting on the wonderful memories that you shared will sustain at this very sad time. Our deepest sympathies for your loss.
Will be missed
Major Mike Cressman
Thank you for your years of service and your leadership during the early years of the development of the Logistics Branch, now the Royal Canadian Logistics Service. Only now reading your obituary did I discover that we're both from the Waterloo County area. RIP and condolences to the family.
Jarrott will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Truly an honourable man of action and commitment to bettering the world around him, he influenced many, including me, to do more and reach higher. His pride in his family was evident as he readily shared pictures and updates on their accomplishments. His departure leaves a hole in the organization of the Friends of the Canadian War Museum and in the hearts of its members. My thoughts and prayers are with family and friends.
I had the pleasure of volunteering with Jerry for 20 years at FCWM, and he always had time for a hug and to ask me about my child (whom he knew since she was a baby). He will be missed. My sincerest condolences to his family, who he cherished and always spoke of with pride.
When I worked at the war museum running into Jerry in the corridor outside the Friends' office was always a happy moment in the day. He was always cheerful, full of warmth, interested in what you were working on, and fully supportive. A thoroughly nice man who will be missed. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
My deepest condolences Katie to you and your family. Your Dad certainly made a difference and was a leader throughout his life.
It was an honour to serve under your command during my service with 4 Service Battalion in Lahr Germany from 1974 - 78. My sincerest condolences to his family.