Respected and gentle farmer Wally Holm passes away aged 101

WALTER Andrew "Wally" Holm died last week, aged 101. He led a quiet, gentle and devout life as a farmer in and around Middle Pocket.

One of six children, Mr Holm travelled to Mullumbimby from his native Finland with his family in 1920, when he was just six years old.

He loved football in his younger years and bought his own farm in Middle Pocket in 1939.

Walter Andrew
Walter Andrew "Wally" Holm

"He liked singing, and loved his family and church life," his daughter-in-law Wendy Holm said.

"And he loved farming."

In 1960 the decision was made to move the Methodist church from its position on the flood plain.

A new piece of land was donated by a parishioner and all the male members of the congregation, including Mr Holm, had a hand in building the new church, son Barry Holm said.

As more of his children grew up and left the family farm, Mr Holm senior decided to sell his farming interests in Middle Pocket in 1976.

He moved into a house next door to a second farm he owned in Billinudgel that was easier for him to run.

One of the first things he did was buy a 4WD all-terrain vehicle, which became his primary means of getting around the farm.

In this way he was able to join his son Lance and maintain an active link to the day-to-day operation of the farm for many years.

"When I look back on his life I can see he had a lot of wisdom," Barry Holm said.

"He was always grateful, and never had a bad word about anyone."

Right up until the end of his life, Mr Holm had a functioning and agile mind, despite his frailty.

He is survived by his six children, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, as well as his sister Alice who lives in Bangalow.

Mr Holm's memorial service was held at the Mullumbimby Uniting Church yesterday.

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