Colin Bradley Holmes (25 Jul 1941 - 23 Feb 2016)

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Location
Worcester Crematorium Tintern Avenue Worcester WR3 8HA
Date
17th Mar 2016
Time
11.30am

In loving memory of Colin Bradley Holmes who sadly passed away on 23rd February 2016.

Two words consistent in many of the tributes received by the family about Colin - a gentle man and a gentleman!

Colin was the second of four sons (Keith, Philip and Andrew), born to Dorothy and Bill Holmes at Northfield, Birmingham.

His earliest memory was of the Italian Prisoners of War who worked at a nearby farm and with whom he loved to chat. One made him pair of rope-soled sandals, which he never forgot.

His greatest passion after his family, was golf! At the age of 12 he joined North Worcestershire Golf club as a caddy. He subsequently joined as a junior member and went on to become a very proficient golfer, a county player and won many, many competitions. His handicap at his best was 1 and he was offered financial backing if he turned professional. However, on discussing this with his father, was advised "don't do it son, get a proper job!" He went on to join Kings Norton for a short time before becoming a very active member of Droitwich Golf Club for almost 30 years.

He joined Wimpey as a trainee surveyor, then went on to join W H Fraley and it was whilst working there that he met Jan, to whom he was married for 51 years. They have three children - Paul, Emma and Samantha, all of whom he loved deeply and was immensely proud of all of them. Later, he joined William Weaver, Pyramid Interiors and Fairway Interiors.

He was very enthusiastic about ancient buildings and was a member of the civic society in Droitwich for many years. He loved most types of music, theatre and enjoyed spitfires and steam trains, and loved sport of any type, although golf was his big passion. He had a flight in a Tiger Moth which he loved. The Severn Valley Railway was a must especially on his birthday when the champagne and smoked salmon sandwiches were all consumed before leaving Kidderminster!

Colin was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis in 1991 but, never one to make a fuss, he didn't share this with everyone. Sadly, this turned to Accute Myeloid Leukaemia; he had started a first cycle of chemotherapy to which he had a very rare reaction.

His love of life and sense of fun will be greatly missed by all his family, friends, relatives and colleagues.

Those we love can never be more than a thought away.........

Lynne Hammerton donated £50 in memory of Colin

Dearest Jan, thinking of you. Colin will be sorely missed.

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Sandra Gilroy donated in memory of Colin

Thinking of you all today. Rest in Peace Colin

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Lisa Venables donated in memory of Colin
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Jeremy Clarke donated £30 in memory of Colin

I met Colin several times through Dom and Emma. He was always charming funny and friendly. A good man to be missed by all.

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Amanda Harborne donated £10 in memory of Colin
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Mark & Sue Symonds donated £20 in memory of Colin

Sending our love and best wishes to you all. Colin was a true gentleman who will be sadly missed by many.xxx

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Sheila and Bob Evans donated in memory of Colin

Our love and thoughts are with Janet and the family at this sad time . Colin will be very sadly missed by everyone who knew him . A loving husband , father and friend .XX

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Angela,Martin & Olivia Weston wrote

How we will miss our Group Captain. How blessed we were to have so much fun and laughter together over the years. Colin will always have a special place in our hearts. We will remember his big caring heart, his big smile and hearty chuckle. Things will never be the same but we will carry on caring for one another and in time will be able to laugh again when our hearts feel lighter. Rest in peace Big Fella.

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Adrian Nash wrote


All of us at Nash Glass had the pleasure of knowing Colin since his days at Pyramid Contracts and over the years into his retirement.
He was always passionate about his work, always very neat and tidy, working with him was always a pleasure.
True gentleman lovely man good friend and great golfer!
Our thoughts are with his Family at this very sad time.
Rest in Peace Colin.
Love all at Nash Glass.

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John Farmer wrote

I first met Colin when I joined North Worcestershire GC as a junior member back in the 70's. His words of encouragement and his sound advise were something I valued very highly.
Our paths were to cross again in the mid 90's when brother Matthew & I invited Colin to join us at Fairway Interiors where he became a very loyal and valued member of the company. Colin was with us for over 16 years and in that time gained the respect and friendship of colleagues and customers alike.
I was fortunate to spend some very happy times with Colin and I will remember his infectious laugh and quick wit with great affection.

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John Farmer wrote

I first met Colin when I joined North Worcestershire GC as a junior member back in the 70's. His words of encouragement and his sound advise were something I valued very highly.
Our paths were to cross again and in the mid 90's brother Matthew & I invited Colin to join us at Fairway Interiors where he became a very loyal and valued member of the company. Colin was with us for over 16 years and in that time gained the respect and friendship of colleagues and customers alike.
I was fortunate to spend some very happy times with Colin and I will remember his infectious laugh and quick wit with great affection.

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Nash Glass Nash donated £50 in memory of Colin

Fond memories with love from all at Nash Glass.

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Martha Horlock donated £50 in memory of Colin

A lovely man who will be sorely missed, Thinking of his family. Marthaxxx

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Chris Riley wrote

Shared many an hour with Colin travelling around the various sites when he was with Fairway and got to know him very well. An honourable man of true integrity who would put himself out to help others. A true gentleman of the old school.

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GRAHAM ALLSOPP wrote

there are , I know , many ex-colleagues and " sparring partners " from the old Mansell /Hall & Tawse days , who loved the guy to bits : It was impossible to fall out with Colin and his like will never , ever occur again : A true gentleman and one who I respected and sometimes " feared " when agreeing figures - my everlasting memory will be his smile and his ability to always see the best in people : RIP

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Matt Farmer wrote

I first met Colin when I was a junior member at North Worcestershire Golf Club in the late 70's. He was my first Scratch Team Captain and looked after me like a son - often helping out with lifts to away matches and giving me advice based on his experience gained over many years as a Worcestershire County player.
Twenty years later he joined my brother John and the rest of us at Fairway Interiors - always treating the Company as his own and working with energy in abundance past his 70th birthday. He was always popular with staff and clients alike - building friendships far stronger than normal working relationships.
We are thinking of Jan and all the family at this sad time but also remembering some great times with a true gentleman.

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Gerry& Carol Clarke wrote

It was with great sadness that we received news of Colin's passing. He was was warm and gentle person who would help anybody who needed it. Jan and family please accept our heartfelt condolences and hope that in a small way they help you all through these difficult times

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Gerry& Carol clarke wrote

It was with great sadness that we received news of Colin's passing. We always found him a gentle and warm person who was prepared to help anyone in life who needed it. Jan, please accept our heartfelt condolences and hope that in a small way they help you through these difficult times.

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Nicola Coghlan donated in memory of Colin

I remember all your small acts of kindness
Love the Coghlans

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David Webley donated £40 in memory of Colin
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