Bernard George Holland, Kit. ch Coos Eesh, age 66, passed away peacefully of natural causes at his home in Delta Junction, Alaska. Bernie’s spirit took its final walk into the woods on December 24th, 2014. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and all around great friend. Bernie, also known as BG, was born on July 29th, 1948 in Worcester, MA to Robert E. Holland Sr. and Ruth Bruno. Bernie married his wife Mary in 1971 in Georgia and they have shared over 43 amazing years together.
Bernie started his educational career with his GED, doing so well that he was admitted into the GED Hall of Fame. He later attended the Federal Protective Service Academy in 1974. He went on to earn his Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts in Organizational Management, Police Academy Training, Doctor of Humanities, and Associate of Specialized Training. He enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1965. He was a Plank Owner on the USCGC Dauntless WMEC-624. Bernie received an Honorable Discharge from the USCG in 1972. In 1972, Bernie served on President Nixon’s security detail and received the Presidential Certificate of Appreciation. He received a certificate of training for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, awarded Citizen of the Year, Member or the Year, and Peace Officer of the Year from the Alaska Peace Officers Association. Bernie and his wife Mary were awarded Foster Parent of the Year in 1983. Awarded Crime Line Certificate of Appreciation in 1984. He also received Certificate of Appreciation from the Equal Opportunity Council for Alaska Native Heritage Month in 2009 and 2011.
Bernie had a passion for Law Enforcement. He spent most of his career protecting others. He worked as a security officer for Triple B Security in 1972. Was K-9 patrol, policeman and investigator for Juneau Police Department from 1972-74. Worked as a Federal Protective Officer until 1988. He owned Juno Maid Enterprises from 1978-1984. He was actively involved in the Juneau community as well. He helped start the Juneau Crime Line as well as the Gastineau Humane Society and was also a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club. He even ran for Juneau assembly. After moving to Delta Junction, he was a Security Officer/EMT on the Trans Alaska Pipeline from 1989-2004. He served as Military Police on Fort Greely from 2004-2011 and was also very proud to be a part of the Alaska State Defense Force. He retired in 2011 and received a service award from Fort Greely for his outstanding performance.
Bernie enjoyed beekeeping and processing honey with his son Joseph. He was known as the ‘Bee Man’ or ‘Honey Man’. He always enjoyed sharing honey with all his friends. He shared a love of geology and mining with his son Joe. He dreamed of one day finding that mythical giant gold nugget. He enjoyed shooting, riding his ATV, hunting and taking the RV on road trips. Family fishing trips to Chitina were always fun. Bernie loved Native American culture. He loved genealogy and tracing our family history with his aunt Jeanette. He was a member of the Tlingit Eagle/Raven dance group. He loved dancing with his granddaughters, family and friends at Celebration and Pow-Wow. He could often be found reading Tlingit books to his granddaughters and teaching them to speak in Tlingit. To quote his good friend, “He was truly a champion of all things Alaskan”.
Bernie is survived in death by his lovely wife Mary of Delta Junction; son Joseph Holland and wife Lorrie of North Pole; son Jason Holland of Wasilla; daughter Sang-Jin Holland of Delta Junction; sons Rudy Vonda and John Holland of Juneau; granddaughters Melinda, Heather, and Rebecca Holland of North Pole; Symphony Collins of Wasilla; brothers Robert Holland Jr. of Massachusetts; Frederick Ekstrom of Virginia; uncle Orace ‘Bud’ Holland and aunt Alice Holland of Massachusetts; aunt Jeanette Therien of Delta Junction; brother-in-laws: Melvin Ward of Juneau; Virgil Ward of Montana; Harold Westman Jr., George Lunda and Bill Searls of Juneau; George Westman of Hoonah; sister-in-laws: Edith McHenry of Juneau;
Elsie Westman of New Mexico; Angela Lunda, Freda Westman-Mechum, and Barbara Searls of Juneau as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.
Bernie is predeceased in death by father Robert Holland Sr. and mother Ruth Bruno; father-in-law Harold Westman Sr.; mother-in-law Elizabeth Westman; brother-in-law’s Victor Ward and Ron Harris; aunt Emma Brodmerkle; uncles Leslie ’Slats’ Holland, Ed Bruno and Sam Bruno.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday January 10th at 1pm at the Living Waters Assembly of God in Delta Junction.
“Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Wells Fargo – Bernard Holland Memorial Account” .
Bernie’s ashes will be spread in Juneau, Alaska in the summer of 2015.