Yesterday evening, as the full moon rose overhead my Dad left us as a consequence of Alzheimer’s disease.

Des Holland was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, colleague and friend to so many.

Dad’s passing leaves a huge gap in the lives of so many people and for me personally it is both an honour and a privilege to be his eldest son.

Desmond John Holland

Born : 20th June 1937, Newport, Essex

Died : 7th April 2020, Brackley, Northamptonshire

Rest Peacefully Dad….X

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The top photo was taken by my brother, Nick, in southern Spain yesterday, at around the time of Dad’s passing; the other image was taken on 2nd April 2019 in Brackley.

Friday 24th April 2020

Today a simple farewell ceremony for Dad was held at Banbury Crematorium, Oxfordshire.

Those present were Sue Holland, Karen Thomas, Brian Thomas & Lucy Thomas.

Other family members were able to follow the ceremony via a live webcast link.

My brother Nick wrote a beautiful eulogy for Dad which is included in the order of service here.

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