Clare Hollister


A lifetime resident of the area, Clare Hollister of Winchester, passed away peacefully in the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 18, 2014.  He was 83.

Clare was born in Williamsburg Township on December 9, 1930, the fourth of six children born to his parents Cory and Florence Hollister (nee O’Brien).  

Clare worked hard all his life.  He became a proud and prominent cheesemaker at Upper Canada Village where he worked for 28 years.  In addition to being a cheesemaker, he owned a farm south of Winchester for many years and retired in Winchester.

He enjoyed going to Tim Hortons, The Country Kitchen and many other restaurants around the countryside.   He knew many, many people, and who all of their relations were. 

Clare often talked about history, politics, and the news of the day to anyone he met during his travels.  

He was a kind-hearted man and he loved helping people, regardless of their station in life.  He possessed a good sense of humour, and he loved to have fun.  

Clare is survived by his siblings Merle (Marion) of Ingleside and Inez (Wallace) Byers of Winchester, and his dear friend Mahlon Garlough.  

He was predeceased by his sister Eileen Arbuthnot and his brothers Edward and Howard Hollister.  He is also survived by nieces and nephews.  

A private family graveside interment service was held at Maple Ridge Cemetery, Chesterville, on Monday, July 21, 2014, with Rev. John Martin officiating. 

Pallbearers were Gary Hollister, Calvin Hollister, Robbie Byers and Michael Kerkhof.  Honorary pallbearer was Andrew Hutchinson. 

Donations to Winchester Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. 

Arrangements were entrusted to the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg.  Online condolences may be made at 

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