Mark Peter Holt
March 24, 1987 – June 9, 2018
Mark Peter Holt died on Saturday June 9th at the Vancouver General Hospital where he had been in the intensive care unit since Saturday May 20th. He had fallen from the 4th floor of an apartment building and did not survive the serious brain and spinal injuries which he had sustained.
Mark was born in Portsmouth, England on the 24th March, 1987 and emigrated with his parents Janet and Peter Holt and elder brother, John, to Canada on September 7th, 1987. He spent his first year in Saint John, New Brunswick before moving with his family to the small lakeside community of Hudson, Quebec. The early childhood years that Mark described as “so very happy” were spent in Hudson and later, Ottawa, where the family moved in 1993. He became a big brother to Chris, who was born in 1990, and the family moved again to White Rock in British Columbia in the late summer of 1997.
Mark attended Ray Shepherd Elementary school and graduated from Semiahmoo High School in June 2005, playing both basketball and rugby for the school. An enthusiastic and committed athlete, he joined Bayside mini rugby as a chubby 10 year old and continued to play for the club until last year. He loved the camaraderie of the Bayside Rugby Club and delighted in the close friendships that he made there. He remained an avid supporter and advocate of rugby, his most loved sport, though for a while jiu-jitsu became a passion that only his over enthusiastic wrestling technique, and refusal to give in, had curtailed due to a serious neck injury.
Mark loved all things physical and certainly trained, honed, and taxed his body to the maximum, but he was also a sweetly kind-hearted, empathetic, intellectually astute and irritatingly argumentative young man. Politics and History were his dual passions and he graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA in History in 2010.
Determined to pay off his student loans and drawn to the physical adventure of working in an outdoor environment, Mark went to work on the oil rigs in Alberta in the fall of 2010. He achieved what he set out to do despite considerable hardship and many personal challenges.
Returning to BC after the downturn in the oil industry he was given the opportunity to work for ServiceMaster and he was very appreciative of the mentorship and support that he gained from the owners Paul and David Benoit. From this springboard he eventually set up his own company for residential cleaning and maintenance services, but remained closely connected to ServiceMaster, fulfilling many contracts for them.
Mark was an adventurer and he enjoyed travel with his family and friends: memorable holidays were spent in Canada, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, Spain, Latvia, Thailand and, most recently, Australia where he met the Prime Minister of New Zealand! He had also travelled to Botswana and there is no doubt that sighting a pride of lions, and later an obstinate elephant in the middle of the road, were travel highlights.
Mark will always be our much-loved brother and son, and we will carry him forever in our hearts. Left behind with wonderful memories are parents Jan & Peter Holt, brothers John and Chris, and many more family, and dear friends.
Vancouver General Hospital Foundation
Donations to the Vancouver General Hospital Foundation will reflect our great respect for the care and support Mark received for the three weeks he spent in the VGH ICU. The professionalism, understanding and compassion that we witnessed cannot be understated. We do not know how we could have endured had we not seen the wonderful level of care he was provided.
The VGH Foundation have agreed to allow donations in memory of Mark to be directed specifically to support families of ICU patients who must travel to Vancouver from elsewhere in BC. Currently between 30-40% of the ICU patient population is from outside Vancouver, which represents over 500 people per year.
Donations to VGH can be made by following the link below: http://vghfoundation.ca/markholt2018
Semiahmoo House Society
As many of you will know our family has long been a supporter of the valuable work that Semiahmoo House Society do for those with developmental disabilities in Surrey and beyond. Jan has been a board member for a number of years and Mark was always particularly supportive and proud of his mother's endeavours.
Local organizations are often overshadowed by the larger well funded campaigns of nationwide or provincial charities. We would therefore like to commend Semiahmoo House Society to you as an excellent and worthy local organization.
Donations to Semiahmoo House Society may be made by following the link below: http://www.semi-house-society.com/personal-donations.html
- Memorial Service Thursday, June 14, 2018
- Reception Thursday, June 14, 2018
Mark Peter Holt
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June 27, 2018
My heart goes out to you all.
I was gutted to hear of this. I know I haven’t seen any of you guys for years but I still have fond memories of seeing you all around grandma’s back when we were little. Me & Andy always loved to hear you were visiting and coming to see you.
It’s a shame as we grow old that life happens and we lose contact.
My thoughts are with you all xx
June 18, 2018
My condolences to Peter,Jan John and Chris a tragic loss for Mark who lived life to the full always remembered and sadly missed.
June 16, 2018
Rest In Peace Mark it was only a few months ago that you were here in Australia having a good time, body surfing, wining and dining in Noosa and the Gold Coast. Its only just starting to hit me that you are actually gone. I hope they play rugby in heaven...miss ya...
June 16, 2018
Our hearts are filled with such sadness and love for the Holt Family. You have come together to support each other through this unthinkable tragedy. You will be there to care and support each other as the days pass. We are thinking of you all with love and sorrow.
Cousins Ken and Karen Woods of Virginia, USA
June 16, 2018
I still cannot believe what has happened; it is a real tragedy. I had hoped that one day I would be attending Mark's wedding in Canada. I wish there had been more opportunities to spend time with him. I really enjoyed our chats when we were at the wedding in Thailand last August & I will treasure the picture he gave me.
He was such a charming, good looking, sociable and principled young man; I was proud he was my godson. It is bound to be hard for you - Peter, Jan, John & Chris, but you at least have each other.
June 15, 2018
Our hearts go out to Mark’s family and friends. I remember years ago, Mark sitting in the back seat of my car en route to many high school soccer games and events with my son, Nic. Mark always had a big smile, an easy laugh, and lots to contribute. He was a sweet, well mannered kid...always grateful for the ride.
We know he will be missed.
Our deepest condolences.
Leslie Lendvoy and family
FRANCISCO JAVIER GARCÍA BELMONTE
June 15, 2018
To Chris and family
Madrid Barbarians RFC send you all the strength and love.
June 14, 2018
To Chris and family,
Sending love, light and strength from Hudson, QC.
June 14, 2018
Whenever I was graced enough to be in the presence of you I always thoroughly enjoyed our talks. Your wit and overall demeanour was truly unique and down right impressive.
The purity of your heart could be felt a mile away. A glow, if you will, so "Shine on your crazy diamond" .. I'll always hold a few memories the two of us had very near and dear.
People go to soon sometimes, much too soon, to show everyone else not to take life for granted. Mark is exactly the soul that would have a lasting impact on people to realize life is short.
R.I.P. you beauty you. Till next time.
June 14, 2018
Mark was the first person to ever open the door for me with the bayside mens team, made me feel like a friend from the start.
I was always happy to see mark at Rugby functions, and the odd time, beers at the shop after work.
He will never be forgotten.
Always in my prayers.
Jeannette and Lorraine Miller/sirois
June 14, 2018
Dear Jan, Peter and Family,
We were so sorry to hear about the loss of you child. With heartfelt sadness we are writing to you on this day to send you our love and although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that our thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.
With love Lorraine and Jeanette
June 13, 2018
Dear Jan and Peter,
I just want you to know that I have been thinking about you since I heard this very sad news. I know you are such a close family and did many things together over the years. Those wonderful experiences and memories will help sustain you in the future.
June 13, 2018
I met Mark for first time in a rugby practice back in august 2013 when I was coaching Bayside and my first impression about him as a player was his enthusiasm and eagerness to learn and improve as a player, always put his body on the line, a very physical lad. Some injury in his shoulder was causing him some inconsistency on coming to practice but every time he was showing up again he was full or energy and running hard, on the games was giving everything and beyond during his game time. I always enjoyed having him on practices and games and he always show a great respect for his team mates and to myself.
Sometime later I had the pleasure of working with him at ServiceMaster where he definitely showed the same attributes and attitude toward work as the ones for rugby. Always looking for more work to do and available for any challenge. A great teamwork, hardwork, and a lot of honesty.
I shared with him in Whistler the last couple of days before his accident when we were both there due to work and I remember he was showing some obsession on not loosing the keys of the condo, and when we were about to leave on Friday the last words he told me were: “Angel be sure of hang those keys on the wall before you leave, and I answered “don’t worry Mark, I will not forget it, Drive safe and see you soon”. I guess a classic Mark…
A genuine and honest individual like you Mark will be missed a lot around us. But you will be in our memory forever.
My deepest Condolences for the Holt family.
June 12, 2018
My memory of Mark has always been his sweet smile, Mark had a special look that I found very endearing. His passing at such a young age is too sad to understand. Rest in peace Mark you will never be forgotten.
"Grieve not that I die young. Is it not well to pass away ere life hath lost its brightness" Flora Hastings
Jan, Peter, John, Kate and Christ. My deepest sympathies for your great loss.
All my Love Jane Moriarty