Edmonton community leader Harry Hole dies
Edmonton philanthropist awarded Alberta Order of Excellence
Edmonton community leader and philanthropist Harry Hole has died at the age of 91.
Hole was the founding chair of the Edmonton Police Foundation, and also played a key role in the development of Northlands.
In 2006, Hole was awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence.
In a video interview on the awards website, Hole talks about working with ordinary Albertans to get things done.
"We had farmers; we had ranchers; we had lawyers; we had everybody and it gave me the opportunity to work with all these people," Hole said.
"You have a bunch of concerned citizens who want to do something and want to help and they can do things that the government can't."
Hole was a leader in Edmonton in the fields of business, engineering, the arts, health and education.
Jim Hole, one of the owners of Hole's Greenhouses in St. Albert, says his uncle helped transform Edmonton.
"I think we're missing a person who really was a city builder in both the physical sense of building different structures in the city through Lockerbie and Hole but building the community as far as giving back and philanthropy," he said.
A memorial will be held on Monday.