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Grant Holm

June 14, 1955 – September 21, 2023

It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of Grant Gardar Holm on September 21st, 2023 at the young age of 68. Beloved husband, father, grandfather and too many friends to count.

Grant was born June 14th, 1955 and raised in Brooks Brook, Beaver Creek and Whitehorse, Yukon. He was predeceased by his parents Lesley (Grant) Holm also of Whitehorse, and Gardar Holm originally from Gimli, Manitoba.

Everyone that knew Grant, knew of his passion for vehicles. If he could add chrome or LED lights, he did. He even had the nickname of “Homer the Chromer”. One of his favourite prized classic vehicles was his 1970 Boss 302 Mustang. He had a lot of vehicles and spent a lot of time shining them up.

Grant got his Heavy Duty Mechanic ticket while working for White Pass and Yukon Route in the '70s. When it slowed down at White Pass, he ventured out on his own with a heavy duty repair shop called Holm's Mechanical. He cemented his reputation for owning some of the most well-maintained semis and dump trucks under Homer Enterprises. He could operate and haul any kind of equipment asked of him and enjoyed a challenge. He also owned and operated Yukon Water Services and Sunset Septic Service for over twenty years. A hard-working man with very versatile skills.

Grant's shop was often a gathering place for his many friends. He loved all the family dogs and was also called the dog whisperer as the neighbourhood dogs used to come to his shop looking for him.

Perhaps it was the dog treats he usually had in his pockets.

Upon finally slowing down and selling some of his businesses, he and his wife Linda started travelling more and venturing south to Arizona where they purchased a house. He called it his happy place.

Grant is truly missed by his wife of almost 40 years, Linda. His three children, Amanda (Shane), Jennifer (Andrew) and Brad (Christina) and his grandchildren Mason and Molly all of Whitehorse; one sister, Denise (Todd) of Ft. Nelson; two brothers, Kevin (Liz) and Keith (Pam) of Vancouver; nephews, Christopher and Matthew, and nieces Nicolle, Cassidy and Megan.

There will be a Celebration of Life Saturday, October 14th, 2023 from 1:00-5:00 at the MacBride Museum, at 1124 Front Street, Whitehorse, YT. Take the elevator to the 3rd floor.

Please join us and share your love and stories of Grant.

Comments (5)

Philip Cunningham on Oct 13, 2023 at 4:39 pm

Linda and family. I always loved seeing Grant over the
years, from coaching hockey with him, seeing him on the highway, Arizona at the football game and many other times over the years. He always called me coach with a twinkle in his eye.
I honestly wish I knew him better as he always made me feel good.
Sorry for your loss. Philip Cunningham

Hanna Lach on Oct 3, 2023 at 10:30 am

Condolences to Family of Grant Holm. Grant was friend of my husband Ivan Lach. My husband died 3 years ago. Grant was too young to go this early.
I have found up from my friend and just couldn't believe it. We came to Yukon in 1974 and Ivan got job at White Pass, he was mechanic and had his license. That's where he met Grant. They were good friends. I know it is hard and I can't never get used to it that Ivan is not here, and have lost few good friends since then.

Bill, Kathy, Gord, Lynnell Lyons on Oct 2, 2023 at 8:44 pm

Our sympathies and prayers to u linda and your family. Grant was a great guy and a loss to the community.

Wendy Pollock on Sep 30, 2023 at 6:44 pm

Jim and I send our deepest condolences to you, Linda and your family on your loss.
Hugs, Jim & Wendy Pollock

Lyle Thompson on Sep 29, 2023 at 4:40 pm

Grant was truly one of the good guys. He will be missed.

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