Barthel Funeral Home

566 Queenston Road, Cambridge, ON


Richard "Ricky" Allan Holden

June 27, 1968September 11, 2019

With great sorrow, his family announces that Ricky passed away peacefully in his sleep, on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the age of 51.

He is survived by his children Aleesha Pasher (Greg Miller), Allan Pasher, and Serenity Holden and grandson Ayden Miller. He will also be lovingly remembered by his parents Willard and Penny Holden, siblings; Bill (Patti), Mike (Julie), and Shari (Greg), his aunt Bev, Barb and Bernice, nieces; Stephanie and Samantha, nephews; Billy, Jeremy, Josh, Jason, Michael, and Kyle and many cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his niece Jessica.

Ricky liked fishing and watching sports, especially the Blue Jays and the Ottawa Senators, even when they were not doing very well and spending time with family and friends.

Visitation will take place at the Barthel Funeral Home, 566 Queenston Road, Cambridge (519-653-3251) on Wednesday, September 18th from 2 – 4 pm and 7 – 9 pm. The Service to celebrate Ricky’s life will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church, 567 Queenston Road, Cambridge on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 2 pm. Cremation will follow.

As expressions of sympathy, donations in Ricky’s memory to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by his family.


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 18, 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, September 18, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 19, 2019


Richard "Ricky" Allan Holden

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Joe Johnson

September 18, 2019

Condolences to the Holden Family. Rick will be remembered fondly by his many childhood friends. He will be missed.

Penny Holden

September 17, 2019

Ricky, you are my youngest son and truly one of a kind.
You know how much you were loved and you always had my back when there were things you knew needed done.
I will surely miss our outings together where there was lots of laughter and singing to our tunes.. we were a silly pair sometimes but we loved it.
You will be missed very much, My Love.
Your Loving Mother

JoAnne Fraser

September 17, 2019

If you met Ricky, then you were smiling, he just could not be in a room that he hadn't lite up with his infectious humor. That seems to be the Holden way. He always had a laugh to share made sure all his stories been shared in order to keep all smiling regardless the situation. He was a loving caring gentle soul that loved his family with such enthusiasm. I consider myself very lucky to have known him even luckier to have married into this fantastic family that is before you today drowned in grief and sorrow. Ricky would not stand for this. All had to be laughing... many Angel's have gone before you Ricky and surly were there to greet you, unfortunately the ones you leave behind here will need your daily reminders that you are still amongst us making sure all have a smile. You will be forever missed and forever remembered. Be free of all pains. Be free of all burdens.
Sincerely JoAnne.

Kelly Hunt

September 17, 2019

Ricky's kindness, humor and love of life will be missed so much, Always willing to help anyone, anywhere! Family meant so much to him , I remember him always thinking about what he could do for his mom. A true gentleman, you will be missed so much , but never forgotten.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family, especially mom, at this horribly difficult time
Much love, and respect
Kelly Hunt

Sam Picano

September 17, 2019

Rest in peace Rick. I find that statement unbelievable as we sat at the bar having a pint 3 weeks ago after running into you by chance. It was a great conversation until you had to head for home. Lots of memories we shared in that short time and they were all good memories about growing up in the hood and our mutual friends we shared. I have learned not to take those unexpected run ins for granted as we never know what tomorrow brings. I’m still in shock since hearing the news. God speed my friend until we meet again

Edward Basic

September 16, 2019

With tears in my eyes, I think of u and smile. A man with a heart of Gold. I will miss u my Preston Brother.

Shari Barnsdale

September 16, 2019

Well Rick, what a mess I am in, truly heartbroken. Such a shock! I am honoured to be your sister, to have such fond memories of our past, and our legacy will live on in so many ways. Please take care up in heaven. Much love your sister xo

Niki Legere

September 16, 2019

The good old days when we all used to roller skate every weekend it was fun. Rick was amazing and new how to roller-skate he had a sense of humour he was just a really good guy you couldn't have asked for a better person. It's sad to know that he is gone and he will be greatly missed. My condolences to the family my prayers are with you God has gained an angel.


September 16, 2019

Where to start ...
The Forum ,Break Force, Roller Skating, Roller World, Preston High School,
My condolences to the family at this time
Rick was an amazing man, person , individual, Unique in all ways .
Your spirit lives on in many ways.

Michelle Preddie

Steve Klein

September 15, 2019

Just ran into Rick back in March at No Frills. We spent at least 30 minutes catching up on family and friends. Was great to see him, wish we had got together for that beer. Rest in peace Rick, we'll meet up again for that drink.