Francis Chesley Holwell

June 13, 1931 to April 25, 2017


Francis (Frank) Chesley Holwell, aged 85, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 25 2017 at the Dr. L. A. Miller Centre, surrounded by his family. He was born on June 13, 1931, to George and Mary (nee MacDonald) Holwell, in St. John’s, NL. Frank grew up in St. John’s, attending St. Patrick’s Hall School, and attended Memorial University. He spent his career as an accountant, holding positions with Fort Pepperell Base Exchange, W.J. Roche & Sons Ltd., and Public Works Canada. Frank enjoyed woodworking, creating beautiful items for family, and tending to his plants and garden. A warm-hearted man, he happily rescued and cared for homeless cats. He also cherished spending time with his family over tea, and frequently meeting with dear friends over coffee. Predeceased by his loving wife of 41 years, Mary Holwell (nee Bartlett), Frank is survived by his loving family, including his close friend Gail Powell, his children Frank (Jayne), Gina (Bobby), Paul, and Cheryl (Rick); as well as eight grandchildren, Lindsey (Brogan), Christina (Glenn), Paul (Krystal), Shannon (Kevin), Crystal (Chad), Allison (Joel), David (Lauren), and Robbie; and two great grandchildren Abigail and Caleb, as well as extended family and friends. Special thanks to Dr. Pat O’Shea, the staff in the Palliative Care Unit, and those who helped during his illness. Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road. Visitation will take place on Friday, April 28, 2017, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, and 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Funeral Services will be held at St. Pius X Parish, 16 Smithville Crescent, on Saturday April 29th, 2017, at 9:30 a.m, with interment to follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Flowers gratefully accepted, or donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, the SPCA, or the Red Cross, or to a charity of one’s choice.



2-4 p.m. on April 28, 2017

7-9 p.m. on April 28, 2017

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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9:30am, Thursday April 27th

St. Pius X


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Paul , sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing.Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Our deepest condolences to your family for your loss

Gina, Robbie and family,

I am extremely sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Wishing you guys the best throughout this difficult time.

Gina & family,
Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss.

Cheryl, sorry to hear about your dad. My condolences to you and your family.

Gail and all of Frank’s family, please accept our sincere condolences on Frank’s passing. We had many wonderful times with Frank when he would come over to visit with Gail. Whether it was coffee at Tim’s, or trips to the States, he was a wonderful man with a great sense of humour and we were happy to call him a good friend. We will miss him. Rest in Peace Frank.

Cheryl and family, I was very saddened to learn of your Dad’s passing. I didn’t know your Dad, but if he was anything like you, he was obviously a good man. My thoughts are with you during these difficult days.

Frank and all family are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad and difficult time. May you always find comfort from the memories of your father and from your family and friends.
Thinking of you….

Frank Jr., Gina, Paul and Cheryl my heart is heavy for the lost of a great uncle who soothed me 38 years ago when my father died. I love and miss you all forever

Frank, Gina, Paul, Cheryl and families we are so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers. He was a true and caring person whom I could always call upon for whatever and whenever. We could always count on “Mr. Holwell”. He would always tell me as I got older to call him Frank! Being neighbors for almost 49 years I did eventually end up calling him Frank. My two children then took over my role of calling him “Mr. Holwell”. Our conversations always included a little story about pass events. and or experiences. Bits of advice would come freely also whether related to a project or just life in general. Whenever my little and big projects would required woodworking expertise I would call him or go over. He would show me what he was working on and tell me he would have a look to help me but had a lot on the go and could not promise when he could look at it for me. The same night or maybe the next day he would be over with the finished product in hand. He was always an awesome neighbor and friend. May he Rest in Peace.

My heart is sad at the hugh void, your leaving…has left in me. But I’m so thankful, to forever be your niece. Your love i will remember always.
Today, yesterday, and future, you will live in my heart.
Love you,

Gina and family,
Offering you our deepest condolences on the passing of your father, grandfather and great-grandfather. I pray that you are all comforted by the many years of memories of a life well-lived.

Frank, Jayne and family, we’re so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. we’re thinking of you. love, Ian, Trisha, Angus and Briana

To Frank’s family please accept my deepest condolences on your dad’s passing. I have known your dad for over 45 years and he was always interested in our conversations we’d have whenever we’d meet. I also had the privilege of knowing and working with you late mother at K mart years ago. May they both RIP now that they reunited in heaven.