Sgt Byard Douglas "Doug" Holesworth, CD
We regret to advise of the death of Sergeant Byard “Doug” Holesworth, CD (Ret’d) of Stewiacke NS on 20 April 2020, at age 76 years. Doug served 26 years with the Canadian Military Engineers.
The first half of Doug’s career was as a firefighter where he served at Canadian Forces Base Chatham NB (1963-65), CFB North Bay ON (1966-70) [where he also spent a year in the underground NORAD bunker], CFB Greenwood NS and CFB Shearwater NS.
Doug re-mustered to Refrigeration and Mechanical Technician in 1974. After training at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering in Chilliwack BC, he was posted to Canadian Forces Station Shelburne (1974-76), CFS Bermuda (1976-77), CFB Goose Bay NL (1977-78), CFS Baldy Hughes BC (1978-80), CFB Wainwright AB (1980-82), CFB Calgary (1982-87).
After retiring from the Canadian Forces in 1987, Doug remained in Calgary working as a civilian in food services at Harvey Barracks. He fully retired in 1989, spending some years in Calgary and back on the East Coast before finally settling in Wetaskiwin AB in 1996. In retirement, Doug continued his life-long passion for angling and hunting, his long-time support for the Royal Canadian Legion and he volunteered with the Alberta Central Railway museum.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Doug’s life will take place in the future. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta. Online condolences can be sent to the funeral home.