HOLLIS Al­ton “Al” Wardrope

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY -

Age 96 – Cen­tral Onslow, passed away peace­fully at his Onslow, N. S. home Fri­day, April 26, 2019. Born in Springhill, N. S. on Jan­uary 25, 1923, he was the son of the late John Campbell and Anna Pearl (Letcher) Hollis. Al served in the Royal Cana­dian Air Force dur­ing WWII. After the war, he at­tended Busi­ness Col­lege in Monc­ton. His out­go­ing per­son­al­ity and drive served him well as he be­gan 72 years in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try. His ven­ture in the car busi­ness be­gan with a small used car oper­a­tion and a Bri­tish Hill­man car deal­er­ship in Springhill, later tak­ing on a sub­fran­chise for Ford. Dur­ing the late 50’s he re­lo­cated to Monc­ton, N.B. and opened a small Ply­mouth fran­chise. With the op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire the lo­cal Ford fran­chise, he co-founded Fundy Ford with busi­ness part­ner, Doug Casey. The en­ter­prise grew into a string of deal­er­ships across New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Dur­ing a va­ca­tion to Fort Laud­erdale in 1964, he

de­cided to sell his in­ter­ests in the au­to­mo­tive busi­ness to his part­ner and “re­tire” to sunny Florida with his young fam­ily. After a year of beach and golf, Al got itchy to get back into the car busi­ness and cre­ated a fleet divi­sion for one of the largest Chrysler Ply­mouth deal­er­ships in the U. S. Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful decade in busi­ness in the US, the fam­ily moved to Truro, N. S. where he opened Truro Chrysler Ply­mouth, fol­lowed by a part­ner­ship in a Lin­coln Mercury fran­chise, and fi­nally open­ing Hollis Ford in 1990. An avid singer, Al was a mem­ber of var­i­ous bar­ber­shop quar­tets and choirs for over 75 years. Dur­ing the 50’s, he and his quar­tet, “The Ma­jor Chords,” won numer­ous cham­pi­onships in com­pe­ti­tion. He was also a mem­ber of the So­ci­ety for the Preser­va­tion and En­cour­age­ment of Barber Shop Quar­tet Singing in Amer­ica (SPEBSQSA) for 61 years, serv­ing as the Fort Laud­erdale branch pres­i­dent for sev­eral years, and re­mained ac­tive both singing and par­tic­i­pat­ing well into his eight­ies. Al was also one of the three found­ing mem­bers of PAPPYS (Pres­i­dents and Past Pres­i­dents of Your So­ci­ety). He trav­elled to Aus­tralia, New Zealand and twice to Russia pro­mot­ing Bar­ber­shop mu­sic through their Min­istry of

Cul­ture. It was not un­usual for Al to “break out into song” just about any­where. Dur­ing his first “re­tire­ment,” Al worked with men­tally chal­lenged youth as a vol­un­teer. As a busi­ness leader, Al was a long-time mem­ber of the Ro­tary Club of Truro and ac­tive in their com­mu­nity projects. He had the unique dis­tinc­tion of spon­sor­ing the first fe­male mem­ber of the Ro­tary Club of Truro and was awarded the Paul Har­ris Fel­low Award; one of the high­est hon­ors Ro­tary can be­stow in recog­ni­tion of out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions, ex­em­pli­fy­ing the high­est ideal in Ro­tary. Plac­ing ser­vice above self. He prac­ticed the Ro­tary 4-way test in his daily life. Truth, Fair­ness, Good­will & Friend­ship. Is it the truth? Is it fair to all con­cerned? Will it build good­will and bet­ter friend­ship? Will it be ben­e­fi­cial to all con­cerned? In 1996, Al re­ceived the Home­town

Achieve­ment Award from his home­town of Springhill. In his ac­cep­tance speech, he urged all new and bud­ding en­trepreneur­s to be per­sis­tent, will­ing to work hard and “don’t al­ways take no for an an­swer.” Other com­mu­nity in­volve­ment in­cluded vol­un­teer­ing for the lo­cal di­a­betes or­ga­ni­za­tion, per­son­ally trans­port­ing those with­out means to and from clin­ics for treat­ment and was also a mem­ber of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion. He was rec­og­nized by the VON for his

fundrais­ing ef­forts. While liv­ing in Monc­ton, he was a char­tered mem­ber of Mount Royal United Church and was in­stru­men­tal in help­ing to pro­vide a per­ma­nent build­ing for the Church. Al trav­eled ex­ten­sively in­clud­ing a four-month trip around the world in 1977. He re­mained ac­tive trav­el­ing into his 93rd year when a stroke slowed him down slightly. A man in per­pet­ual mo­tion, he con­tin­ued to en­joy day trips in the car and at­tended mu­sic ses­sions sev­eral times a week.

The fam­ily wishes to ac­knowl­edge the var­i­ous care givers that al­lowed Al­ton to en­joy his last years in the com­fort of his own home in­clud­ing Donna Ross, Mar­ion Stod­dart and Terri Lynn Mc­nutt and fam­ily friend An­nette Hen­der­son, who have been steadfast and stayed the course along with the Victorian Or­der of Nurses, Con­tin­u­ing Care, Dr. Michael Mur­ray and Dr. Amanda Web­ster. He was pre­de­ceased by his wife, Norma (Hall); son, Gary; sis­ters, Lucy and Dorothy and broth­ers, Almer and Cyril. He is sur­vived by his sons, Rick Hollis (Tammi), John Hollis (Mar­garet), his daugh­ter, Margo Mills (Dave), Su­san Hollis (daugh­ter-in-law), Joyce Hoeg (sis­ter-in-law); grand­chil­dren, Ben Hollis, Lau­ren Hollis, Sara (Mills) Macisaac and sev­eral nieces and neph­ews. Cre­ma­tion has taken place and a pri­vate fam­ily ser­vice will be held as per his wishes. Ar­range­ments have been en­trusted to Colch­ester Com­mu­nity Fu­neral Home, 512 Wil­low St., Truro. A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life will be posted at a later date. In lieu of flow­ers, please con­sider a me­mo­rial do­na­tion to VON, Colch­ester Com­mu­nity Work­shop, Onslow Bel­mont Fire Brigade or Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional. On­line mes­sages of con­do­lence may be sent to the fam­ily by vis­it­ing www.colch­ester­com­mu­nity. com.

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