David Holder: 1945-2016
Kent, London and athletics in general have lost a loyal and dedicated servant with the death of Dave Holder, who passed away last week after a short illness.
Dave was the London Region and England Athletics Official of the year in 2014 – seen above receiving that award from Olympic Medallist and England Athletics Board member, Wendy Sly.
Dave’s nomination for that award included the following citation:
“Dave has been a qualified field official for more than 25 years. He was fortunate enough to have been selected for the World indoor championships in 2003 and the European Indoor championships in 2007. The culmination came in London 2012 when Dave was appointed as Assistant Technical Manager.
Dave’s prowess in all matters technical is hard to emulate, but he was always keen to pass on his knowledge to newer officials. He was keen to mentor those with the potential to be as technically minded as himself.
He not only officiated at a national level, but Dave always supported his club (Bexley AC) and County (Kent) as well as the region. Dave also tutored level two courses for those wishing to become field officials. Athletics needs more enthusiastic officials like Dave to drive standards to an even higher level.”
Gill Freeman, Kent County Officials Secretary, added: "Dave was a larger than life character and took great pleasure in passing down knowledge to any who wanted to learn. His presence had already been missed when he stepped down from officiating, but obviously, the loss is even greater. I personally will miss the mischief that he bestowed on anyone."
The funeral has been arranged for 11am on Wednesday 8th June at Eltham Crematorium, Crown Woods Way, London. SE9 2NL with everyone welcome to the wake at The Marriott Hotel, 1 Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7JZ. (Applegarth Suite). Family Flowers only. Donations welcome to Mesothelioma UK via Nash Funeral Directors in Welling, or Just Giving at or you can donate on the day.
Photos by Mark Shearman (top), Simon Wright (middle), Nicola Evans (bottom)