Holland, Donald Christopher

Holland, Donald Christopher "Chris"

July 3rd, 2015

1958 – 2015 

After a courageous battle with cancer, Chris passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Friday, July 3, 2015.  Loving husband of Brenda and dedicated father of Kayla and Daniel.  Eldest son of the late Joan and Don Holland, and best big brother to George (Lina) and John (Jenny).  Favourite son-in-law of Beatrice Mancari (the late Larry).  Dear brother-in-law of Vince (Debbie) and David, and cherished uncle of many nieces and nephews.  Chris was always ‘the life of the party’ and his great sense of humour will live on in our hearts!  Every crack of a bat, swish of a basketball net and hearty “Oskee-wee-wee” will inspire fond memories of Chris.  He will truly be missed by many family and friends.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, where the memorial service will be conducted on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Chris are asked to consider St. Joseph’s Hospice, London. Special thanks to the many wonderful hospice staff who supported Chris and his family through his last few days.

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joseph mackinnonBrenda , Kayla and Daniel, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Chris and I worked together at GO Packaging, we enjoyed many conversations and laughs over the years. He was a great guy and he will be missed. Joe MacKinnon
Bob Farrugia and familyBrenda, Daniel, and Kayla my prayers and sympathy are with you. Chris will be missed by all of us. He was always their with an encouraging comment or a way to make us all laugh. He lived a good life and will always be remembered. Take care.
Louise FosterBrenda, Daniel, and Kayla. I am so very sorry to here of your loss. I was fortunate enough to work with Chris at GO Packaging. We shared many laughs which will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with your entire family.
Joan & George BuckleyBrenda, Kayla & Dan I am sure you know but without a doubt, Chris well so well thought of amongst our group of friends and so well respected !! On many occasions his sense of humour stood out above the rest and made us laugh over and over again. Golf trips will never be the same without him but he will be thought of every single time. I know we will miss him. An outstanding individual in so many ways and a real gentleman.
Rick and Tracy WilsonWe are so saddened by Chris' passing, a wonderful man in so many many ways. His 'presence of mind', his wit and most certainly his humour will be deeply missed by all who crossed paths with this beautiful guy! Chris lives on in our hearts. With our deepest sympathies for Brenda,Kayla,Dan and relatives ! Your friends, Rick and Tracy
Dennis and Cathy FreemanIt was always our pleasure to be in Chris's company. He emitted an effortless warmth. We admired him for his kindness, sincerity and his abounding love for his family. Dennis and Cathy
Dawn MacLeanChris and I started working at GO just days apart, 20 years ago. When I think of Chris Holland, I immediately think laughter - the bent over, crying kind of laughter. But beyond that, Chris was a thoughtful, warm, caring and gentle man who had the utmost respect for family and friends held dear to his heart. He never forgot a kind deed done, or word spoken to/for him. Brenda, Kayla and Dan - my heart simply breaks for you and your extended family. Chris - you were one of a kind, gone too soon and will leave a void for all who knew you. I will miss you my dear friend.....
Maureen O'DwyerChris is one of the kindest men I have ever known. I am grateful to have known him. My heart breaks knowing how he suffered and how difficult a time this is for your family. May peace find you and faith guide you.
Dan CareyBrenda, Kayla and Daniel, you were privileged to have this wonderful man as a Husband and Father, and my heart breaks for you and the unimaginable loss you are suffering. I have known Chris for almost 20 years, through our working together at GO Packaging. I have the utmost respect and admiration for Chris. His work ethic and integrity were irreproachable. HIs sense of humour was amazing, and laughter was always the main ingredient if spending anytime with Chris. He was, quite simply, a wonderful person. He made people around him better ... at anything. He will be deeply missed. Respectfully Dan Carey
janine sarchielliBrenda , Kayla and Dan, We are heart broken over the death of Chris. I am so glad of the months we got to know him so well. Even through the hardest times we had lovely funny and emotional conversations. What a wonderful man! How unfortunate that we only got to know him well later in life. All our love, Janine and Vince Sarchielli
Elaine SwanDear Brenda, Dan and Kayla - I was so saddened to hear of Chris' passing. I will always remember his wonderful smile and the obvious love and pride he had for his family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Andy and Mary GilletDear Brenda and family We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you. He was a great guy Love Andy and Mary
Kevin ShillingtonBrenda and family, I am so sorry to hear about Chris. He was a great guy and will be very much missed. I wish you all the best at this difficult time. Kevin
Scott MerkleyI feel extreme sadness for Brenda, Kayla & Dan, but will always remember our home being full of laughter when Chris was in it.
Pat and Paul JahansDear Brenda, our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you all. Pat, Paul, Ashley and Kayla Jahans
Jay GuitarTo the family - I got to know Chris while working at Go Packaging. Though I never met you, Brenda, Kayla or Daniel, I did feel I did, as Chris always spoke with pride and love for you all. Chris will leave a lasting legacy in the hearts he touched. Chris had a great ability to seperate work from play and no matter how intense a meeting could be... once it was over you could always count on Chris to grab a cold one and make everyone laugh! The world was a better place because of Chris! My thougths and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Walt & Michelle Romano & FamilyDear Brenda, Kayla and Dan, We were truly saddened to hear the news about Chris. We remember him as a kind, friendly man with a warm sense of humour, willing to pitch in to help out particularly when it came to the kids. We are so very sorry for your loss. May your memories of the good times and laughter keep him in your hearts. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Michelle & Walt Romano & family.
Darlene & Gary CowlesDear Brenda, Kayla and Dan, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We remember Chris as always smiling and happy. He will be missed. Thinking of you at this difficult time.
John and Lynn SmithhDear Brenda, Kayla and Daniel Our sincerest and deepest sympathy. It has been ages since we last met but we still feel the sad loss of Chris. He was always a sweet and funny man who would light up any gathering. Our prayers are with you. John, Lynn, Dean and Hilary
Irene and Don WilmotDear Brenda, Kayla and Daniel - Please accept our heartfelt condolences. We will always remember Chris' warmth, genuine concern for others and, of course, his ability to make everyone laugh and feel better in his presence. He was a good and kind man who loved deeply. May you be comforted and lifted by the love of family and the support of friends. Love and hugs, Don and Irene xo
Phyllis & JoanneWill truly miss the shouts hello from the driveway, the wave from the car, the across road fun chit-chats. Always gentle . . . always helpful . . . a great neighbour.
Sharon VeitchBrenda, Daniel and Kayla - I am so very sorry for your loss. Your Husband/Father was such an inspiration to all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your extended family and friends. Chris You left this earth far too soon. I am and WE are all better people because of you and you touched our lives in so many ways. You truly did wear your heart on your sleeve. I will forever be thankful for your encouragement at work and just about life in general. I am proud to say I learned a lot from you the last 18 years. And I thank you for making me a better person and an even harder worker. I will miss your jokes, especially your LAUGH, your kindness, your ability to turn a bad situation into an amazing one, your kind words and your loving support. Thank you soo much for being and amazing friend and an even better mentor. Thank you for sharing your hilarious golf stories with your buddies..especially the basketball geriatric not being able to breathe stories. The stories of You and Brenda and your children whom you loved and adored to the moon and back. THANK YOU for allowing all of us at GO to be a part of your life and for always believing in us. WE LOVE YOU! Rest in peace my amazing friend xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoHave fun with Joeski!!
Marina StewartBrenda, Daniel and Kayla, I am so truly sorry to hear of your loss. Chris was one of a kind, he always made me laugh and I enjoyed his wonderful hugs. He did wear his heart on his sleeve and was always there when I needed him. Working with Chris was always a pleasure. I am so greatful to have known him and pray you all find some peace in the days to come. Hold on to those memories. Gonna miss you terribly Chris. xxxxooo
jac jacobsonBrenda,Dan & Kayla, I am so sorry I am unable to be there today. On those few occasions I spent time with Chris, I so clearly remember how enjoyable his presence was and his wonderful energy. My deepest sympathy on your loss. May his memories and spirit comfort you. Jac
Rick NorrisBrenda, Kayla, and Daniel, I was saddened to hear about the passing of Chris. I met Chris 16 years ago as a supplier to GO Packaging, then as co-workers. I am proud to count him as a friend and be counted as one to him. I have never met a more honest, respectful, and sincere person. If friends and family are the measure of a man, Chris Holland was a Giant! Thank you Chris for sharing yourself, I know I am a better person today having known you.
Lori GuthroTo say Chris was special to me would be an understatement. He meant the world to me. He was my cousin, but all my life I've thought of him as a big brother. He was always so kind, positive and supportive. There for us whenever we needed him. And always available for a good dose of silly too! Oh the giggles we shared over the years :) Hanna and Chase will always affectionately refer to him as "Uncle Cousin Chris". Chase wanted me to add that he was a real "wise guy" (Those in the know will find this pretty funny and so would Chris!!) I feel truly blessed to have had him in my life. And lucky to have been able to spend some special time with him recently on my visit. Everyone who spent any amount of time with Chris walked away better for it. He was an inspiration in so many ways! I will truly miss him but will cherish every single memory. Wish I could be there with you Brenda, Dan and Kayla . . . I love you all! xoxoxo
Kelly PetersBrenda, Dan & Kayla - I am truly saddened to hear of the passing of Chris and my deepest condolensces go out to you and your family. Chris was a wonderful person and I feel privledged to not only have worked with him but more so to call him my friend. Chris, thank you for the memories, the laughter and the friendship - you will truly be missed! Kelly
Caroline PalmerAl and I would like to extend our condolences to your family. I'm sorry that I wasn't able to speak with you in person tonight. Obviously, Chris was very loved and respected by the large crowd paying their respects. I'll always remember what a great couple you made in high school. Take care.
ShelleyOur sincere condolences go out to Brenda and family. Dave has always had wonderful things to say about Chris. Some of us had met him and others have not, but all of our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. All the staff at Mancari's
Rick WilliamsBrenda , Kayla and Daniel, my sincere condolences to you all at this most difficult time. I was sadened to hear of Chris's passing. I had the pleasure of working with Chris at GO Packaging. We shared many laughs along the way. I considered Chris to be a friend and I knew Chris to be a good man and a terrific human being. He will remain in my thoughts.
Jane McNamaraMy deepest and heart felt condolences to Brenda, Kayla and Daniel. I have known Chris for many years, and he was one of kind, the good kind, Kind heart, wonderful smile, great laugh and you could always count of him to come through for you. Again my sympathy and may God hold you in His palm as you go through this difficult time in your lives but know you have one hell of an angel looking out for you now.
Edith Dobos ( Szabo )My condolences to Brenda, Kayla and Daniel. I was very sad to hear about Chris. It has been many years since I have seen the family, but so many memories from long ago are still in my mind and heart. God Bless
Cheryl LordDear Brenda. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, Chris. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Sincerely, Cheryl.
Kelly and Len Van EckOur sincere condolences to you and your family Brenda at this very difficult time our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Maura Hagarty-BannonDear Brenda, I can't express my shock on hearing that Chris is gone. I am sorry that you Chris Kayla and Daniel have had this tragedy. It doesn't seem possible to imagine a world without Chris, without that great big smile and laugh of his. What a great friend, Father and husband he was. I'm sorry I didn't know what was going on in your lives to offer comfort. I was lucky to have known you both and to have had your steadfast friendship when I needed it the most. I'll pray for all of you and I'll cherish our happier days together.
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