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John Arvid “Jack” Hollstedt 1937 – 2022

Posted By Erin Saunders On May 13, 2022 @ 11:01 am In Obituaries | 6 Comments

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John Arvid “Jack” Hollstedt 
June 4, 1937 – May 3, 2022

John Arvid “Jack” Hollstedt passed away peacefully on May 3, 2022 at RIH where he received excellent care during a brief bout with vascular dementia.

The Hollstedt family emigrated from Northern Sweden to Canada in the 1920’s and settled in Ontario where Jack was born in the small gold mining town of Geraldton and in 1949 the family moved to Vancouver. He was a very proud Swede and loved to sing the National Anthem of Sweden in Swedish. Along with the Swedish anthem he knew a few cuss words and other Swedish songs.

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It was at Gladstone high school in Vancouver in choir and music classes that he met, and in 1958 married, his life long friend and partner Lois. Jack and Lois began to build their lives in Kamloops in 1964 when he came to work at the Kamloops Daily Sentinel newspaper in the advertising department. He later went to work with Texaco Canada and Imperial Oil as the sales area representative and regional sales manager. Following retirement, he worked with the Federal Business Development Bank.

A true Kamloops booster, Jack was heavily involved in shaping the Kamloops community from 1964 though 2021. He was a lifetime member of the Kamloops Kinsmen and K-40 clubs, Kamloops Legion and ANAVets, and a member and past president of the Kamloops Gyro club. He served on the first executive and organizing committee of the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament (KIBIHT) and later as president. Through that work he was thrilled to meet the King of Sweden when he travelled to Europe to recruit bantam hockey teams to play in the Kamloops tournament.

Jack also served on the Executive and organizing committee of the first BC Winter Games held in Kamloops in 1978 and attended the 40th Winter Games again in Kamloops in 2018.

Many would know Jack for his time ensuring events in Kamloops had the sponsorship element captured. From 1995 to 2008 he worked on no less than 10 Season of Champions Events of Curling Canada. Our community would not have the successes of the 1996 Brier, 1998 World Championships and numerous Canada Cups without Jack’s tremendous support and encouragement. He also lent his talents to both Kelowna and Prince George for other successful Events. Subsequent to this was his involvement with the 2010 World Masters, 2011 Western Canada Summer Games and the 2013 Kamloops Baseball Indoor Training facility fundraising objectives. Actually, he never stopped as he was a part of several Kamloops International Baseball Tournaments in his later years.

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He was part of the original group that brought the Kamloops Blazers to town and starting in the 70’s was a member of the Kamloops Golf and Country Club, and the Kamloops Curling Club. He enjoyed playing hockey, mixed slow pitch, golf, curling, swimming, and many seasons skiing at Tod Mountain/Sun Peaks.

Jack was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. Fly fishing was a favorite pastime. Rossmore, Janis, Little Lac Le Jeune were among his favorite locations along with just hanging out at the cabin at Walloper Lake. Jack was proud of being the one to introduce the “Idaho Nymph” fly to the area and everyone he mentored into the sport understood the value of that fly.

His friends were many. Everyone remembers his ability to tell stories, joke and laugh, a gift he passed on to his two children. The life long friends he made in the Kinsmen organization enriched his whole life and Norm Daley and family were a valued support over many years.

Jack was predeceased by his parents, older brother and two sisters and his 16-year-old loyal four-legged companion Boo. Celebrating his legacy are his children John (Terry), and Nancy (Terry); four grandchildren John (Caitlin), Kirsten (Brock), Michael, and Jacqueline; and six great grandchildren, who knew that “Grampa Jack” was a fixture at Halloween, and always dressed for the occasion. And Lois, his life-long friend and partner, of whom he was so very proud; the many nephews and nieces in his extended family and his wonderful friends. He treasured them all.  

Jack was grateful for a wonderful life, full of opportunity, friends, service and family. He requested that you remember the laughter, raise a glass of your favorite drink, and enjoy a chuckle. In lieu of a service or flowers please make a donation to KidSport Kamloops or the Kinsmen Foundation of BC.

“It’s not what you make, it’s what you leave.”  

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Condolence from Robert Iverson on May 14th, 2022 3:10 pm

we’ll miss you

Condolence from Geraldine Foster on May 15th, 2022 3:42 am

What a beautiful tribute. You are all in our hearts. Love you

Condolence from Neal and Shelly Aronowski on May 15th, 2022 5:31 am

We are truly sorry for your loss. I will never forget as a child that I caught my first fish at Walloper lake when Jack was showing me how to cast the line and on the 2nd cast (this has never happened since either). It was also a true honor to have pictures taken with him (and being reacquainted) during the 2018 BC Winter Games 40th Anniversary celebration while I served as a director. May you find peace and comfort during this time.

Neal and Shelly Aronowski

Condolence from Dianne Kerr on May 15th, 2022 5:42 pm

My heart goes out to Lois, John and Nancy and to Jack’s grandchildren and great grandchildren. Your great loss is also Kamloops great loss as Jack was the ultimate ambassador for the city he called home. He was the consummate host and most entertaining of conversationalists. His story telling prowess was notable in the stories he created to tell his children when they were young. The magic of his imagination ensured the rapt attention of his young son and daughter. Later he would have friends double over with laughter at his wit and when he and son John were together, they would rival any professional comedy act. Jack’s charming extroversion made him an ideal representative for the city in the many clubs, boards and sporting events mentioned in his obituary. Jack was a man of many talents although modest regarding his accomplishments. He was more likely to talk with pride about the many achievements of his wife,Lois, and other members of his family – yes I know he was proud of each of you. For a short time he worked with First Nations groups on economic development projects and celebrated their successes as well.
Jack was a hard worker with a magnetic personality. Like most Geminis he possessed another aspect of that personality and relished time alone at Walloper . He was a fan of the great outdoors and being close to the natural environment was a necessary balance to his infectious extroversion. These things I remember about Jack and I will always be grateful that I count myself a friend of this larger than life personage. I know I will miss him, especially when I happen upon a funny story and try to email it to him.

Condolence from Shirl and Dave Simson on May 17th, 2022 11:22 pm

Lois ,Nancy ,John and your families–Our thoughts have been with all of you over the last number of weeks as declining health and the inevitable death that is always so difficult to find the right words to fit the feelings and different emotions for everyone involved ..Jack was definitely an accomplished individual during his life and has left so many of us with special memories–humor, fishing, dog lover, organizer, joke and story telling , friend, community involvement, sport enthusiast and so much more. Our son Mark wrote a poem after my mom who was a complicated woman died and I find that it fits many needs in grief
See below
A loved one dies and leaves behind
An empty space–no peace of mind.
As time goes by we’ll shed our grief.
Replace it with fond memories,
Of things been done and times been shared.
When we were down that someone cared.
To feel some guilt–to feel some pain
To feel that differences remain.
Of all these feelings none are wrong
But just remember life goes on

A caterpillar laid to rest
Lived its life to its best
Awakens to new life to see
A life of grace and dignity.
Just like the tree will shed its leaves
To the earth for life it needs.
But when the cold of winter ends
The seed of life will grow again.
So try to think of times of fun
When laughter was heard and trouble was gone
And when you hear your favorite song
Just remember life goes on

Condolence from Shirl & Dave Simson on May 18th, 2022 12:51 pm

Jack would appreciate this–Last night after my writing a lengthy condolence our son Mark called and I told him I was using his poem. This morning he called from Roche Lake and he said he experienced a large fish jumping into his boat . The only other time that this happened is when he and Dave were fishing with Jack on Walloper. What are the odds —was it Jack’s approval of his poem. Love and Hugs Shirl & Dave

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