In Loving Memory Of
Andrea Marie MacLean-Holohan
1937 ~ 2022

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Andrea MacLean-Holohan announce her passing on Thursday, February 3, 2022.

Andrea was born November 30, 1937 in Moncton NB. She was the daughter of the late Roderick (R.D.) and Anne (MacIntyre) MacLean.

After graduating from St. Francis Xavier University in 1959, she began a successful career as a dietician working in hospitals in Boston, Montreal and Saint John. Andrea was active in professional associations holding executive and president positions on the provincial and national level. Andrea was awarded the national Food Executive of the Year in 1998 for her professional achievements.

Andrea was a proud alumna of St. FX and worked with the alumni association. She was president of the Alumni Council of Executives in 2010. In recognition of her contributions, Andrea was inducted into the St. FX Hall of Honour in 2014.

Andrea was proud of her Scottish heritage and took on the role of chief of the MacLean Clan for Atlantic Canada during her retirement.

Family was important to Andrea.  She took an active interest in her nieces and nephews and remained a beloved and cherished figure in their lives.

Andrea is survived by her two brothers: Rod MacLean (Janet) and Don MacLean (Loretta); her sisters-in-law: Maura Blackmore and Jane Mitton-MacLean; her five very special nieces: Anne Huliganga (Paul), Claudia MacLean, Rachel Telzer (Andy), Yvonne Casey (Jerome) and Jillian Bergin (Seamus); eleven much loved nephews: James (Lisa), Charles, Don (Claudia), Kenneth (Michele), Stephen (Julianne), Daniel (Stacy), David and Tony (Tina) MacLean, Charles (Eimir), Robin (Heather) and Harry (Jane) Blackmore.

 As well as her parents, Andrea is predeceased by her husband: Brendan Joseph Holohan; her brother: John (Jack) MacLean and her nephew: Raymond MacLean.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Alzheimer’s Society, 221 Ellerdale St, Saint John, NB E2J 2M1, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Visitation will be on Friday, February 11th, 2022, from 1pm to 2pm at Our Lady of Mercy RC Church (11 St. Andrews Road, Pointe-du-Chêne). Funeral Mass for the family only will follow. For those unable to attend, a recording of the funeral mass will be available on the website after.

Note that due to Covid-19 regulations, proof of double vaccination, government ID, mask will be required at the entrance of the church.

Arrangements under the professional care of

Passage – Chartersville Funeral Cooperative and Cremation Center

363 Amirault Street, Dieppe (506-857-1901).

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  1. Andrea was a dedicated friend and supporter of St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation. Retiring from St. Joseph’s Andrea kept in touch and involved for as long as she was able. Our condolences to Andrea’s family on her passing.

  2. My sincere condolences go out to the entire family, especially her nephews and nieces. She was a dearly beloved and supportive aunt to them all.

  3. On behalf of the St. Francis Xavier University Alumni Association, we would like to express our deepest condolences to Andrea’s family. Andrea was a true supporter of all things StFX including the many students she has mentored and sent to our beautiful campus over the years. We will miss her beautiful smile and laugh at our Homecomings and reunions. Hail and Health!

  4. Andrea MacLean Holohan.

    Everyone in the industry told me to expect a relentless expectation of high standards from this lady. As a new to the industry independent foodservice designer, going to the first meeting with Andrea seemed daunting, The meeting was on remembrance day and Andrea was in the middle of implementing processes and technologies that the entire healthcare industry would follow; she may have not looked like it, but she was a renegade. The meeting went well enough to be invited to remain on the team; the big exposure was Andrea had to get home to make her annual Christmas fruit cakes. Since then Andrea has laughed and reminded me of of my reaction : ‘ FRUIT CAKES, I LOVE FRUIT CAKE’ !
    Our relationship included Andrea transforming me into a professional through my work and through a number of credentialing exercises. Andrea watched our three boys grow up with true interest and even some advice. Frequent lunches and visits furthered the bond with both myself and Janet, my wife. She is a great friend and mentor to have in our hearts.
    Eventually, not only did I get on the fruit cake list, but our three boys also got their own 🙂
    A wonderful soul leaving all she found better.

  5. Wishing your family peace, Andrea was a very happy soul who was very engaged with her Scottish ancestry, she and Brendan often attended the Burns suppers we us, she served briefly on our board at the Saint John Community Food Basket and a few years ago was full of stories of newcomers she was helping with English. On behalf of my wife Elspeth and I, I offer you our most sincere condolences and God Bless

  6. To family and friends I am so sad that Andrea is no longer with us.I am so glad that Maureen and I were able to spend our summers with Andrea and Brendon at our summer homes at Cap Brule and Shediac where we were able to meet and party with our St.FX friends. Andrea and Maureen (Dunphy Oxner) were Best Friends and grew up in Moncton and went on to St.FX together. It it by some strange plan that they should pass so close together……Here ‘s to two Buddies in Paradise ………Joe Oxner

  7. Andrea Holohan,was a very special lady.We had the wonderful opportunity to know her over the years.She was a member of the class of ’59 Stfx graduating class.That class has given our University so many leaders.Many were members of the STFX Board of Governors,many became members of our Alumni Association’s Board of Director’s.Andrea was our National President of our Alumni Association.She was a lady with grace, intellect and humour.Our memories with her are very fond.Andrea Rest In Peace.

  8. Andrea gave so much to others. I witnessed first hand her contributions to ST FX though the years, including serving as President of our Alumni Association. She also nominated so many people to our Hall of Honour where they were recognized for lives full of societal contributions. She was a precious and kind soul. Hail & health Andrea. Rest well. You deserve it.

  9. Such a wonderful woman. So many fond memories of Andrea’s friendship and support when we worked together with the StFX Alumni Association. Beautiful smile and infectious laugh! I cherish those memories. Condolences to all her family and friends.

  10. My sympathy to all. I knew Andrea from our days on Alum Board at St F X. She was always so kind and was indeed a gentle lady. She never shied away from work-always willing to lend a hand. Andrea will be fondly remembered as a loyal Xaverian and true friend. Rest peacefully.

  11. A warm and intelligent woman who genuinely gave of herself. I appreciated her leadership and help so much when she was president of the StFX alumni association. Bless you Andrea.

  12. My condolences to Andrea’s family at her passing. A wonderful dedicated and generous person and a true leader in her profession and in healthcare. Personally, Andrea warmly welcomed me when transferred to St. Joseph’s Hospital in the early 1990’s. Our working relationship continued when we were both with AHSC. Andrea demonstrated care, support and a caring approach to her staff in her management of her department.
    Also, I was fortunate to be a guest at Andrea and Brendan’s pre Christmas dinner parties- a real highlite!
    Life moves on, friends pass on, however good memories remain. Blessings to you, her family. Laura Hughes,Scic (formerly with Human Resources – St. Joseph’s Hospital & AHSC)

  13. So special, so loved, so warmly remembered. RIP Andrea, you have made our world more beautiful with loving memories.

  14. I am so sad to hear of Andrea’s passing. She was such a force in Healthcare Food Services in New Brunswick and across the country. I recall vividly my first meeting with Andre. I arrived with great trepidation as her reputation had preceded. Hairnet firmly in place I was somehow able to hold my own. In the years that followed we had many meetings, dinners and the odd dance even. I came to find out that it was her intense caring for all that drove her to demand excellence. She made us all better. Andrea led Healthcare food service in New Brunswick into the 21st century. Truly way ahead of the curve. Caring and courageous. She will be missed.

  15. Please accept my sympathy for the loss of a special person.
    I worked with Andrea at St. Joseph’s Hospital and found her to be always friendly, pleasant and co-operative. After she retired, we would often bump into each other at the gymn and have a great chat. She always spoke of her family with great affection.

  16. Very sorry to hear of Andrea’s passing. I was honored to have “grown up” under Andrea’s guidance and direction on one of my very first management roles. I learned so much from her! She always told you what was on her mind and was never one to mince words but you knew you were getting an honest opinion from her. She will be greatly missed by many.

  17. I had the pleasure of working with Andrea at St Joseph’s Hospital in Saint John for many years. She was a warm and caring person with a wonderful sense of humor, as well as a dedicated professional, focused on improving the quality of care for many clients in hospital and in our community. My sincere condolences to her family.

  18. We are all so very sad that Andrea has passed away. She was such a great person and we always looked forward to spending time with her when we went to our gatherings in Antigonish. She will be missed by everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Mary and Peter

  19. My condolences to Andrea’s family and friends at this sad time. Andrea was caring and dedicated person in her professional life and generous and warm friend to many. Andrea warmly welcomed me when I joined the St. Joseph’s Hospital team in the 1990’s . Over the years at St Joseph’s and later with AHSC,Andrea was a leader in her profession and lived the mission of care for the patients we served and for staff and coworkers. A highlight for me of the Christmas season, was being welcomed as a guest at Andrea and Brendan’s Christmas dinner party. Andrea will be missed. Blessings, Laura Hughes, Scic

  20. Andrea and Brendan were so much a part of our lives in Montreal and onwards. They came for dinner at our parents home (Isabel and Larry MacIsaac) often, joined us in Vermont at the cottage and the four of them would meet in Bethel Maine for xcountry skiing. It was fun to watch old home movies and see our parents and her family gathering at MacLean weddings. Andrea was a big sister to the four us MacIsaac kids – even “took care of us” some weekends when our parents were away. We reminisced and laughed about this many times over the years. We always looked up to her, she supported us, listened, was interested in our lives, and in a very casual way guided us. As we got older we would meet in the Laurentian’s for Christmas-so much fun !! We will miss her and will always remember the great times we experienced with Andrea and Brendan.

  21. We wanted to express our sincere condolence on the loss of Andrea to her family. We enjoyed our time with her at her cottage in Shediac as well as when she would come to Antigonish to visit.

  22. Our sincere condolence on the loss of Andrea. We enjoyed our time with her at her cottage in Shediac and when she would visit Antigonish.

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