OBITUARY

William Gordon Holdway

June 5, 1944December 16, 2010

William “Bill” Holdway June 5, 1944–Dec. 16, 2010

Age: 66

Residence: Greeley

Bill passed away surrounded by his family Dec. 16, 2010, at his home in Greeley.

He was born June 5, 1944, in Baltimore, Md., to Henry and Iris (Thomas) Holdway.

Bill grew up in Wilmington, Del., where he graduated from Henry Conrad High School. He entered the U.S. Navy after graduation, serving from 1962 to 1969. During his time in the Navy, he served aboard submarines. He was stationed in New London, Conn., and shipped out from Rota, Spain. He received his technical training through the Navy.

On Oct. 18, 1969, he married Linda Michaud in Auburn, Maine. After they married, they moved to Morrisville, Pa., where he started his 30-year career with Digital Equipment Corp. They lived in Annapolis, Md., for five years, then in 1978 moved to Colorado Springs, where they raised their family. They moved to Greeley in 2004 to be close to their family.

Bill attended Christ Community Church in Greeley. He was very spiritual and kind to all he met. Above all was his love for his family. He was an avid reader and loved listening to all types of music, especially Christian music. He was very creative with food dishes and enjoyed cooking with his daughters, trying new recipes. He loved golfing and time with his friends.

Bill is survived by his wife, Linda of Greeley; three daughters, Renée Kaneta and husband Sam, Robin Murray and husband Shane, and Nicole Gaspers and husband Matthew, all of Greeley; one sister, Patricia Lafferty of New Hope, Pa.; and eight grandchildren, Lauren, Cailyn, Samuel, Andrew, Abigail, Paige, Madison and Hannah.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial service at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Stoddard Funeral Home. Inurnment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice of Northern Colorado, MS Society or American Kidney Fund, all in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 28th St., Greeley, CO 80634.

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, December 22, 2010
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William Gordon Holdway

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Bob Ross

January 4, 2011

To Bills Family …. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I worked with Bill in Colorado Springs during the 80’s and have since moved to Atlanta. I always enjoyed my interactions with Bill either at work or on the golf course. He was one of the good guys for sure. He was soft spoken with a wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed.

Bob Ross

January 4, 2011

To Bills Family …. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I worked with Bill in Colorado Springs during the 80’s and have since moved to Atlanta. I always enjoyed my interactions with Bill either at work or on the golf course. He was one of the good guys for sure. He was soft spoken with a wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed. (Bob Ross, Roswell, GA)

December 30, 2010

Dear Linda, we will miss Bill. I enjoyed talking with him around the water cooler in DC and moving to Colo. Spgs. at the same time to start up the DDC in '78. I tried and tried to beat him at shooting pool but just never made it. Bill was kind, thoughtful, curtious, and helpful. Our sincere sympathy.
Keith & Patty

Zoe Lengyel

December 24, 2010

Dear Linda,
I was so sad to hear this news. Bill was such a good man, and I learned so much working with him at Digital. I will always remember his quiet nature, his patience and his sensitivity to those around him. It was a honor to work with him and he will remain in my mind and heart forever. zoe

Dwight McShane

December 23, 2010

Dear Linda, words can not express the saddness we have at the loss of Bill. We will always remember the fun times we had, whether it playing golf, trivial persuit, or just visiting. Of course, Bill was always a treasured work partner and confidant. We now know that Bill rests comfortably in the arms of our Lord and will continue to protect his family. God Bless!

Mary Ellen Benarth

December 23, 2010

Linda,
I am so sorry for your loss. sending you and your girls thoughts and prayers at this difficult time...(((HUGS)))

December 22, 2010

As new neighbors, we had been made aware of Bills affliction and were so heartened to see him walking in our loop on weather permitting days. We were initially concerned that our very friendly dogs might be too enthusiastic in greeting him but he always seemed to enjoy those encounters. We share the grief with Bill's family and friends and is so often the case, wish we could have become better acquainted during his life.
Dr. LaRue and Mary Johnson
Greeley, Colorado

December 21, 2010

My small tribute to Bill, I grew up an only child of a widowed parent in the sixtys. I did have many male relatives to look up to, but one that stands out was Bill Holdway. How great it was to have an older cousin in the Navy and on a submarine no less. Needless to say I was very proud of him. After his Naval service he visited with his new butternut yellow GTO, this in itself was a great feat to a 10 year old boy. We then were invited to Bill and Linda's wedding, I made my first and last flight on a jet, met her wonderful family and attended their wedding. We visited many times with his young family. Time, Distance and family obligations came between our lives and we had not spoken for a long time, but I will cherish my memories of cousin Bill Holdway forever. Our sincere sympathy goes out to Linda and the girls and their familys. Dave Moore and family. Wilmington De

Jim Mehlhop

December 21, 2010

I knew Bill and Linda in both Annapolis and Colorado Springs. Bill was the quintessential gentleman if ever I new one. He was always calm in an industry that involved a lot of pressure. Linda, we will be thinking of you and wish you peace in your future.
Miss you,
Jim Mehlhop

December 20, 2010

Our sincere sympathy to you, Linda and your daughters/families! We were very saddened to hear of Bill's death. Our connection was Digital for Bill and Marv and some events at Rudy Elementary with our daughters. May God's comfort and memories fill your hearts with peace, strength and courage. Wanda and Marv TeGrotenhuis, Louisville, CO