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.
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