Brian Holdaway

A photo of Brian Holdaway


Celebration of Life
June 11 from 2pm-5pm
Words of Remembrance 3pm

It is with extremely heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Douglas Brian Holdaway of Blenheim, age 67 years, on Tuesday, May 16th, 2023, at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.  Beloved husband and soulmate for 25 years to Diane Schives.

In Leamington, on May 22nd, 1955, Brian was the first born son to Douglas and Florine Holdaway (both predeceased).  He will be forever missed by his sister Tammy Holdaway (Tom Hewak predeceased) of Blenheim, brother Ray Holdaway of Chatham and his beloved dog, Louis, which he loved to spend time with after a hard day at work.

Brian was also blessed with many half brothers and sisters.  They include Ken Holdaway (Sylvia) of Port Elgin; Barb Miller (Garry) of Paisley; the late John Holdaway of Port Elgin and Leslee Southgate (Eddie predeceased) of Wallaceburg.  He also will be remembered fondly by many nieces and nephews.

Brian leaves behind his mother-in-law Anna Schives (Donald, predeceased) and three brothers-in law, Randy Schives (Veronica) of Light House Cove, Mark Schives (Dawn) of Blenheim and Barry Schives of Brazil.

Loving stepdad to Carrie Girard-Gonzalez (Kuro) of Binbrook; Maria Michaud (Dominic) of Pain Court; Brandy Girard-Simpson (Jason) and Donny Girard (Cheryl) both of Tilbury plus step-grandfather to six grandchildren (Alexus, Payton, Jordan, Malik, Owen and Bentley).

Brian was extremely academic graduating from Blenheim District High School and then proudly obtaining his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario in London, ON.  Brian worked for many years at the family business, Holdaway Roofing, which after being sold, he started up his own business.  He was extremely proud of his biggest accomplishment in life which was the success of Summit Roofing that he started 30 years ago.  He was known to be a great boss and very devoted to his long time employees.

Brian was a very kind, at times sensitive, caring and generous person always ready to lend a helping hand when needed.  He was instrumental in helping many people during his life.

Being an avid guitarist, Brian had an amazing collection of guitars which he proudly had displayed in his home.  He admired the talents of Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers and local artist Tommy Lockwood, just to name a few.  Brian being a sports fan, would not miss a single Toronto Maple Leafs game on TV and would attend their home games in Toronto a couple of times yearly.  He loved golfing in the summer and curling in the winter.  He was also a member of the Blenheim Legion.  Over the years he enjoyed spending time fishing with his grandson, Malik, who constantly reminded Brian about the minnow size fish which Brian caught.

Brian & Diane spent time travelling, spending time at their trailer and boat in Erieau on weekends and formed many good friendships with other campers.

Brian had many friends who also knew him as ‘Pump’.  They loved laughing at his stories and jokes and listening to the latest prank he was pulling on people.  Everyone had a great time and enjoyed themselves when he was around.

The family would like to express their extreme gratitude to the many doctors, nurses, PSW’s and staff at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance who provided exceptional care for Brian over the last few months.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Willow Ridge on Sunday June 11 from 2pm until 5pm with words of remembrance taking place at 3pm.

Donations can be made Brian’s memory to PAWR or a charity of personal choice in lieu of flowers.  A video tribute of Brian’s life can be viewed by clicking the following link:

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My deepest sympathy and condolences on Brian's passing. He was always the gentleman with such a nice demeanor. He will be missed. George Pettitt

We are deeply sorry about the loss of Brian . As you grieve, know that we are remembering and honouring him.

Diane Tammy Ray and Brian's family sorry to hear of Brian's passing. My sincere condolences to you all. RIP Brian.

To all of Pump’s friends and family, I offer my sincerest condolences on the passing of one of the most genuine and nice people I’ve ever met. I met Pump many years ago through Jerry Forsyth at the Blenheim Golf course. It was always a pleasure playing a round with him. From the first time I met him he treated me like we’d known each other for years. That’s the great kind of guy he was. He always had a joke or a great story when he would come for lunch at Jersey’s as well. He will be missed by all…. RIP my friend

Diane and family, Please accept our condolences. We were deeply sorry to hear about the death of Pump. He worked hard and played harder. Remembering the gentle Jokester. Hoping that with time a gentle peace will return to your life. Wendy & Bryan

Our deepest and most sincere condolences to Brian's family. Over the years, we did countless projects with Holdaway, and then Summit Roofing. Brian was always a true gentleman, and a pleasure to talk to - which in his industry is rare. His quality was excellent, and he stood by his work. From all of us at Intrepid, we will miss you and your laugh. Again, our deepest and most sincere condolences.

So sorry to hear this sad news. A great loss for Blenheim. Pump was one of the funniest and kindest men I ever met. He will be missed by so many. Rest in peace my dear friend.

Our condolences to Diane, Ray, Tammy and all of Brian's family and friends in his recent passing. Hugs and prayers for the days ahead. Sincerely, Brian and Jane Wright (Brian W - another cousin on the Holdaway side - grandson of Irene (Holdaway) Stenton)

Diane I was upset beyond words to hear Brian had passed. I worked in the same business as him over fifty years and he was only one of two people that I could call a friend. I could never answer my office phone and not wonder if it was Brian impersonating some one we both knew. Take care. Vaughn

Never once were we with Pump when we did not have a great time. He was a fun man to be with and was a loyal, kind friend. He will be dearly missed, but, we all have so many memories of his humor, pranks and kindness to remember him by. What a great guy. Rest in peace dear friend.

So sorry to hear of Pump’s passing. It was always a pleasure to chat with him whenever our paths would cross. Our condolences to all . Blenheim has lost another good one. R.I.P. Brian.

So sorry to hear of Pump’s passing. A great guy. Our condolences to all. It was always a pleasure to talk with him whenever our paths would cross. Blenheim has lost another good one. RIP Brian.

My deepest sympathy goes out to you Diane. You were Brian's rock as he told me many times the last few months. Such devotion to him every day..all day..sitting with him in the hospital. I appreciate so much that you were there for him the last 25 years. Love you.

My sincere condolences to all.

Diane,Tammy,Ray, So sorry to hear of Brian's passing. Our sincere condolences to all. Had the opportunity to work with Brian many years ago at Holdaway Roofing during our high school break during summer and had many good times and laughs. John& Karen Roe

Sorry to hear of Brian’s passing, please accept our sincere condolences Rest in Peace, Brian

Sorry to hear of Brian’s passing;Condolences to the Holdaway families. Brian was a very nice guy to chat with.

Miss you Pump. See you soon in Rock & Roll Heaven!

To Diane, Tammy, and the whole family. So sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts.

So sorry to hear of Brian's passing. Such a great guy. Through the years from their family cottage located beside my home in Erieau when we were all SO young...I fondly remember BBQ's with the family.., to the many times of common friends and so on. R.I.P. Brian. You are smiling and laughing and telling jokes as we speak. Ya, especially the jokes :)

Our condolences. Brian was a hell of a nice guy. Always helpful. quiet spoken. RIP

Our condolences to the Holdaway families.

Our condolences to the Holdaway families.

Diane: Was so very sad to read about Brian's passing. I went to elementary and high school with Brian and enjoyed many, many laughs and many, many drinks. When we owned Rossini's Restaurant I knew that I was always going to have a chance to catch up on the latest gossip as he came in every year to buy his gift certificates for his staff. His smile and laugh could light up a room. Know that he was a great person on the inside and out and will always have a smile when I remember the good times we all had when in his company.

Our Deepest Sympathies to Brian’s Family Could not ask better guy

Our Deepest Sympathies to Brian’s Family Could not ask better guy

Was sad to hear of Brians passing he truly was a great guy to know,,,,,,,,sending condolences to his family,,,,,

Condolences to all Brian's family and friends. Always a great guy. RIP BRIAN>

Please accept my sincere condolences… Brian always had a smile & a sweet greeting for me & a great laugh… he will surely be missed….

So sad to hear of Brian’s passing on. I knew Brian in high school and enjoyed his company along with Dickie Bird and others . Say hi to Dick for me Brian and you two have some good laughs!

So sorry to hear of the loss to so many people.. Brian was a great funloving jokster with a greeting smile whenever you seen him ...gentle soul taken too soon .. RIp Brian

Diane and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time Jack

Pump was truly a special guy, with a sense of humor that was unmatched. My condolences to all of Pump's family and friends. I appreciate all of the laughs we had, and I hope to catch up with him again somewhere down the road. RIP Pump.

My condolences go out to the Holdaway family! My company worked with Brian and Summit Roofing starting in the late 1980's. Brian was a real gentleman and was a pleasure to work with. His quality was second to none and definitely lived up to the Holdaway Roofing name. He will be missed by many! I am sorry for your loss!

Very sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. He was a great guy who treated everyone very well. A laugh was always had when he was around

Sorry to hear of Brian's passing. Our thoughts are with the whole family.

So sorry to hear of Brian's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time 🙏❤️

My sincerest condolences to the family on Brian's passing.

Diane and Family: So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with yous.🙏

Mark and I send our sincere sympathies to Diane and Brian's family ! Thinking of you all !

Tammy and the entire family, Thinking of you all and remember Brian as a “happy go lucky guy” who loved having fun but worked hard! Cherish your special memories.

We send our condolences to Brian's family and friends.

Brian was a great guy. Always had a funny story to tell. He will be missed by many. My deepest condolences to the family. R.I.P. Brian.

So sorry for the loss of Brian. He made people laugh and that is a great super power. He will be missed.

Diane, Tammy, Ray and families, My deepest condolences on your loss. Brian was an incredibly genuine and kind man. Although we were "only second cousins", the Holdaways are a close knit bunch, and it always delighted me when Brian was present at extended family events. He was not only funny, but totally able to fit into any crowd our conversation. One moment he could be holding "court" with the best of the Holdaway men, teasing everyone around him about the silliest things and the next having an incredibly detailed discussion about current affairs like the economy. It always struck me as incredible that he had a university degree in math as I worked so hard to get into university myself about 20 years behind him. As a kid I was seriously in awe of him. Looking back since we became friends on Facebook years ago, he didn't miss wishing me a happy birthday a single year! And when my young son Ollie was diagnosed with cancer almost 4 years ago, he remained engaged, always commenting on my posts, telling us how amazing we all were and cheering as Ollie passed milestones to wellness. He was real, generous and will be so missed. May he rest in peace. Sending you all strength during this difficult time.

Diane, Tammy , Ray & Family I was very sad to hear of Brian’s passing. Dennis and I spent many memorable weekends with him in our younger days. I loved listening to him play his guitar and singing Bobby McGee with him. There were always lots of laughs and of course non stop talk about their beloved Toronto Maple leafs. I have no doubt that Dennis welcomed him with open arms. May he rest in heavenly peace and may you find strength and comfort in your precious memories. Sending you strength and love.♥️

So sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. Deepest condolences to you, Diane, and the Holdaway family. He will be missed by our SouthSide Family.

So sad to hear of Brians passing.. He will be deeply missed. Was always great to see him at The Sandbar in Erieau 🍷🍷 RIP Brian ❤️