Charles Sidney Hollands

July 25, 1941

July 21, 2023

Charles Sidney Hollands, a beloved father, friend, and hopeless romantic, passed away on July 21st, 2023, at The Ottawa Hospital General Campus after a battle with pancreatic cancer. At the time of his passing, Charles was just four days shy of celebrating his 82nd birthday.

Born on July 25th, 1941, Charles lived a rich and fulfilling life. With parents named Sidney Henry George Hollands and Percide Muncey, he was raised in a loving environment. Throughout his life, Charles’s true passion lay in the arts, encompassing literature, theater, and music. Engaging in a delightful and intellectually stimulating conversation with Charles would invariably lead to his endless adoration for the works of Dickens, Shakespeare, Molière, as well as the compositions of Beethoven and Mahler. He also had an unwavering enthusiasm for high-quality stereo systems, indulging in the purest auditory experiences.

Charles channeled his artistic inclinations into all his endeavors, excelling academically and professionally. He obtained his B.A. from the University of New Brunswick, where he served as the head of the cinema club. Subsequently, he pursued a M.A. at Sorbonne Université with utmost dedication. Later in his career, Charles contributed his skills as the Director of Complaints and Audits in the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages. In his later years, Charles found solace and contentment in the simplicity of his daily routine, including leisurely walks, shopping, and managing his finances. He relished the freedom to enjoy his favorite books and music at his own pace.

Charles will be deeply missed, but his memory will forever be cherished with profound love and fondness. Those who had the privilege of knowing him can attest to his vibrant personality and his wise sense of humor. If any words capture Charles’ personal outlook on life, as well as his ability to find humor in any situation, they would be the following quote from his favorite film, “Scent of a Woman” (1992): “It’s a great day for singin’ a song, and it’s a great day for movin’ along! And it’s a great day from morning to night, and it’s a great day for everybody’s plight.”

Charles Sidney Hollands leaves behind a legacy of passion, intellect, and love that will continue to inspire and bring joy to all those whose lives he touched.

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