Alan Holden

A photo of Alan Holden


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday August 6, 2020
2:00 p.m.

*Please call the Funeral Home to indicate your wish to attend the Funeral Service.
Seating will be limited.


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday August 6, 2020
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

*Please call the Funeral Home to reserve a time for visitation.
The number of participants will be limited.

Alan Patrick Holden

August 3rd, 1950 – August 1st, 2020

In the early morning hours of August 1st, 2020 Alan lost his battle with pulmonary fibrosis.  He was just two days short of his 70th birthday.  He passed away at home with his wife and children by his side.  His struggle to breathe is now over.

Alan was born in Winnipeg on August 3rd, 1950 to his parents Eugene (1985) and Charlotte (Land) (1994).  He is survived by his wife of 48 years Barbara (Rossol) and their two boys Philip & Holly and their children Tyler, Adria, Aubrey & Avery and Neil & Beth and their daughter Penelope.  His children and grandchildren were his life!

Also left to mourn him are his brother Bruce and his wife Gail, Calgary; his sister Beverly Wozny, Dauphin; his brother Richard and his wife Diane, Winnipeg; and his sister-in-law Judy (David) also of Winnipeg.  His brother David predeceased him in December of 2016 also from pulmonary fibrosis.  He also leaves his “other” family Lis & Willi Bauer, Julie & Pat Myrdal, and John & Tammy Rossol.  He was predeceased by Barb’s parents Otto (1994) and Marie (Schiebler) (2001) and her sister Anita Swystun in October of 1998.  Nieces and nephews, Paul, Scott, Todd, Cam, Tricia, Dena, Heather, Angela, Richard, Robert, Cory, Kim, Jillian, Lana and their families will surely miss their Uncle Alan.  He leaves 14 great-nephews and nieces and one great-great niece behind as well.

Alan spent the majority of his working life as a Grain Inspector, first with the Grain Commission in Winnipeg and then transferring to Chatham in June of 1981.  He “retired” from the Grain Commission in 1998 but then found retirement a little too boring and returned to work in the private grain industry for approximately ten years, finally retiring in January of 2016.

Along with Barb and the family he enjoyed 13 plus years of “glamping” at the Great Canadian Hideaway in Parkhill, where he made many good friends.  He will be missed by the “trailer” community as well.

Cremation has taken place, as was his wish, and there will be a short memorial service  at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home, 60 Stanley Street, Blenheim on Thursday, August 6th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation prior to the service at 1:00 p.m.  Please dress casually as Alan absolutely hated wearing a suit!

Due to COVID19, the Bereavement Authority of Ontario has instituted guidelines regarding maximum attendance at visitations and funeral services as well as mandating that everyone in attendance at visitations and funerals must wear a mask.   Please call the Blenheim Community Funeral Home at 519-676-9200 to reserve a spot to attend the visitation or the Funeral Service for Alan.

In lieu of flowers would you please consider donations to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 47 Squire Bakers Lane, Markham, Ontario L3P 3G8; the Chatham-Kent Hospice; or MSF Canada (Doctors Without Borders), 551 Adelaide Street W., Toronto, Ontario M5V 0N8.  These are all charities that Alan supported.

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I am so very sorry to learn of Al's death. I know that he was a very strong man, who persevered through this terrible illness. I have known Al and Barb for about 30 years, through Ridge Players, of which both were an integral part! I will miss Al's droll humor and dry wit, and I'm sure he has found an unlimited supply of chips and candy in heaven. Barb, please accept my and Gwen's deep condolences. Hugs. Larry and Gwen

Going to miss ya Al. You raised a great family you should be proud of. Hopefully you are enjoying the most beautiful camp ground up there. I heard the golf cart batteries never die up there!!

Barb, We will truly miss Alan and his humour. He was a fantastic guy who was always entertaining to be around. Mike is not sure what to do without his euchre partner. We are happy that he is no longer in pain but watching over us all.

So sorry for your loss Phil and Holly. Our condolences to you and your family.

Dear Neil, Barb and Family, I am saddened to learn of Al’s passing. He is one of the main people who taught me everything there is to know about grading grain and shaped me to be as successful as I am today in the grain industry. He was a wealth of knowledge who always found a way to joke around and make the best out of every situation. Every time I would load vessels with him, he made sure he had his essentials- bbq chips and his V8. Know that he very much loved each and everyone of you. Remember the fun times on the days that feel darker. You are in my thoughts. Manny

Barb & family our sincere condolences on Al’s passing. I have very fond memories of Allan and you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Barb and family, I was so sorry to hear about Al. I always looked forward to his wit during our performances with Ridge Players and Sharing up his bag of chips! Keeping you in our prayers. ML & Clark

I worked with Al and Neil at Goderich Elevators Where we loaded several vessels together. Al was very dedicated to the grain trade and was always good to talk to during those long nights loading. I will miss him. Calvin

Barb and family, I am so sorry to learn of Al's passing. It's been years since we were neighbors, but I have fond memories of you both, from our days of 'living across the road'. May your many memories bring you comfort. With sincere sympathy, Myra Pettit and family.

Barbara and family, So sorry to hear of Al's passing. I always enjoyed running in to Al and especially hearing of your trips to Winnipeg. I know my dad enjoyed having Al at the CGC. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dear Barb, Phil, Neil and Families, Our sincerest and most heartfelt condolences on the passing of Al. It has been a rough road for all of you helping him through his illness. Hopefully you can take some solace in knowing that he's now at peace. Al was a good man, a great neighbor, an outstanding family man... and a true friend. We will miss him deeply. Sincerely, Phil and Ev Trozzi

Dear Barb and family. Maureen and I were shocked and saddened to learn of Alan’s passing and we extend to you our most sincere sympathies. I enjoyed the opportunity I had to work with Al, and it will be his sense of humour that I will always remember. We hope that you and your family will find comfort in the words of friends and the warmth of each other through these sad times.

So sorry for your loss:( Alan was a great man always had a smile on his face whenever I seen him, may he rest in paradise and as was said “breathing easy”

Barb, Neil, Phil and families, we are very saddened to hear of the passing of Al. He was always very friendly to us, as kids and adults. He'll be missed. Dave and Barb Easter and family.

Dear Tyler, Adria, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.

Dear Barb and family, I am so sorry to hear of Alan’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Barb and family so sorry to hear of Alan’s passing. He was one of the good guys and will be missed. Take care.

Barb and family, We were so sad to hear of the passing of Alan. Our thoughts and hearts are with you and your family during this time. We were blessed to have you and Alan at the Hideaway and enjoyed your company immensely. He will be truly missed by everyone. Lynn and Patrick Thomas

Phil, Holly and family. So sorry to hear of Al’s passing. Thinking of you all at this sad time. Brad & Donna

Speaking for the Hamilton IPF Support Group, Alan will be missed by our members, we will miss his smile his quick whit and comments. We had a standing joke when we talked about a healthy diet, it had to be supplemented with cheezee's. Breath easy my friend

Barb, Phil, Neil and family. I am so terribly sorry to hear about Alan's passing. Such a terrible disease he had to battle but now his battle is over. Big hugs to all of you.

Our sincerest condolences on your loss. Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time

Barb, Phil & Holly and children, Neil & Beth, Treasure all the wonderful memories of Alan. May your faith, family and friends help you through this tough time. Sincerely, Lezlie Fenton Graham

Barb and Family, so sorry to hear of Alan's passing...Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this time.

Dear Barb & family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Al. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. With much sympathy, Lucy Hartford

Barb and family. We were shocked to hear of Al's passing. Working with Al in Chatham and many Ports loading vessels, was always a joy? Al always tried to straighten out us darn Easterners, and he kept reminding us of that. We had many a laugh along the way. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. John and Glenda Clarke

Barb, Neil, and Beth (& Penny), Phil and Holly (& kids) So sorry for the loss of your husband, dad and grandpa. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you as you try and accept this difficult loss.

Barb, Phil, Neil and families, My condolences on the passing of Alan. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Alan all those years at the CGC. He made it fun and had the best eye there! Trusting memories are a comfort at this time. Murray

so very sorry for your loss.

Barb, I am very sorry to hear about Al. My thoughts and condolences are with you and your family. I remember Al as the wonderful backstage guy for many Ridge Players musicals. He always had something funny to say before people went on stage. What a great guy. Treasure the memories.

I am truly saddened to learn of the passing of Al. My thoughts and condolences are with you Barb and Philip and Neil and their families. I will always remember our years of friendship and the welcoming hospitality that you and Al fostered at the Holden house.

Phil, Holly & Families, So sorry to hear of your loss. May your fond memories give you strength, peace and comfort at this time of great sorrow and loss, Remembering you in our thoughts and prayers.

So sorry to hear of Al's passing. My sincere condolences.

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Alan was a great support to CPFF and many people with pulmonary fibrosis. He will be greatly missed by many. My sincere condolences to you and your family Barb.

From your Great Canadian Hideaway friends, sending our love to Barb and family during this difficult time, Alan was a great man, will be truly missed. Xoxo

From Great Canadian Hideaway in Parkhill. My wish is for angels to surround your family at this time and give you some peace as you attempt to move on!!!

We are so sorry to hear of Al's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Barb and Boys as you move on into the future. With love George and Jane.

Sincere condolences to Barb and all of your family in the sad loss of Al. You were great and faithful friends to my Aunt Marjorie Johnson in Ridgetown who truly appreciated your visits and assistance over many years. My husband, Jim, and son, Ken, worked with Al in the grain industry through the Grain Commission and then later when he chose to go into the private industry and always appreciated his endeavours and integrity. May your wonderful memories of him help you through this difficult time. Bev Whitelaw

So sorry to learn of Alan's passing. The Johnson-Elgie family well remembers Barb and Al's care and friendship with our great aunt, Marjorie Johnson. We are grateful for all the time you spent with her -- and with us -- and for being her driver to many family get-togethers.

Phil and Holly and family so sorry for your loss from the Sullivans. Ron, Leanne, and Madeline

Barb, Phil & Neil and extended family members (Holly & Beth, & Kids) We are so sad to hear about the passing of Al. We are so very grateful that we got to come over a month ago and sit and visit and catch up with Al and yourselves. Al was like a second father and grandfather to us and we cherish the many great memories we have. He was great man, so kind and generous and giving. We are so glad he is not struggling anymore. We send our love and our condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to call. Sincerely, Tammy & Madison Trozzi

Barb and Family. I am truly shocked and saddened at the news of Al's passing. So many good memories while working with him over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

My deepest condolences, Barb and family. I will sure miss Alan backstage at Ridge Players.

Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength. Always had a hello or little chat whenever we met. Many memories of our bowling days. Marvin

Hi Barb and Family, We were very shocked and saddened for you to hear of Alan's passing. I met Alan a few times during the time you and I had worked in the court system. I remember that he had a fantastic sense of humour. I also remember how much you adored him. And I remember the time you showed me that incredible library he had made for you in your home. It's a blessing to know that Alan will not suffer anymore but that doesn't make it any easier for you living life without him. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we hope you find comfort in remembering good times with Alan and speaking of him often. Sending you a big virtual hug! Heather & Jeff Brodie

Please accept my sincere sympathy Barb and to your loving family 🙏

Sorry to hear the passing of Alan. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this difficult time.

Barb and Family We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Al. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We have many fond memories of Al while working with him at the Grain Commission and on our road trips. His sense of humor will truly be missed. May the love and memories you share help you through these difficult times. Rest in Peace Al John and Terri Warren

Barb and family: I am so sorry for the loss of Alan. I remember hearing you talk so fondly of him when we worked together many years ago. Please accept my deepest condolences at this difficult time. Hold on to all the precious memories and look up to God for your peace and strength.

barb and family, so sorry to hear of ALAN'S passingmy thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours.remem bering good times we had as neighbors,sincerely GAIL BALTZER.

Dear Barb and Family: We wish to offer condolences at this time. We wish you well as you move forward and hope that the many fond memories will remain with you forever.

Dearest Barb, Phil and Holly, Neil and Beth, and your wonderful grandchildren. We are so sorry for your loss. Alan was good man who adored his family. He will be missed. Peace be with you. Barb and Bran

We are beyond words to show how we feel your grief. Sometimes you don't know what to say so 🙇‍♀️ hugs and love ❤💝💞

Very kind, funny man. I always enjoyed visiting with him and Barb. Stopping in when I was out and about with his daughter in law, Holly and his grandkids. Always inviting and full of life. Did not seem to mine the craziness that crazy Laura brought to his home. I enjoyed visiting with him. Will be missed.

Barb and family , please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of this wonderful man. He always was smiling when he came into the bank. May all your memories help you through this difficult time. RIP Alan ,spread your and fly