"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
David Larrigan (4473)
It was a pleasure to serve with Jerry at RMC. I appreciated his work in keeping our class of 1959 informed and together. He will be missed.
My sympathy to the family and friends , of Jarrott . Met Jarrott through his association with NVOC , a few years ago . When the roll is called up yonder , Jarrott will be ! NIL SINE LABORE >
I met Jarrit (or Jerry as was known at that time) at CSC Royal Roads in Sept 1955. While in different corps, our paths crossed frequently. Jerry, imbued with an infectious sense of humour, was one of the kindest and most dedicated individuals I have ever met. His post-military career is an extension of the commitment he made to his country and its people. Thank you Jerry for a life well lived; may you rest in peace.
Sailor first class Corrigan . J
Although not known to myself he is am inspiration to our trade
Judith, I was deeply saddened by the passing of your husband.
I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to speak with Jerry on a number of occasions over the years.
I enjoyed listening to his stories from his past, his future travel plans and what he was doing for the community. He always seemed to have something on the go. I'm so impressed at what he was able to accomplish in his lifetime.
My heart goes out to you, Chris, Kate and the rest of the family at this time of grief. May fond memories of Jerry bring you all comfort during this hard time in your lives.
To the Holtzhauer family,
My sincere condolences to you for your loss. Jerry was a fine, dedicated and kind man who worked with my Dad, Don Jones, RR006, for many years within the RMC Club - Ottawa Branch Executive, and the FCWM. His generosity extended to many, including myself, by welcoming me to attend events with Dad, remain in touch with the Club after my Dad's passing and offering continued support as I've sorted through my Dad's military treasures. He was a lovely person and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Judith, Katie, Chris and families we send our thoughts and prayers to all of you at this time. As very young children we were told about how wonderful our cousin, Jarrott, was by his very proud Aunt Marg and Uncle Reg. Gale and I especially remembered when he met us in Montreal to attend an Expos game. Jarrott will be missed by all of us.
Love and hugs, Debbie, Peter, Gale, Bill and families
Judith, Katie, and Chris, please accept our sincerest condolences on your loss. Jerry is one of the people who I will always think of fondly, as your family was such a big part of my formative years. I have happy memories of Christmases spent together and fun times at the cottage. Jerry will be missed.
J.R. Digger MacDougall
Received notice of celebration of life from Canadian War Museum. Passed it to Ottawa
newsletter editor and to RMC Ex Cadet Club. I will be unable to attend. Condolences to family and all whose lives were touched by Jerry - Digger