OBITUARY

Thomas Earl Holiday

June 8, 1942November 13, 2021
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Thomas Earl Holiday, 79, of Winter Park, Florida, passed away peacefully on November 13, 2021. Born in Winter Park, he was a lifelong resident.

He served in the United States Army and retired after 41 years from the Orlando Sentinel as a machinist. He loved cats, motorcycles, go carts and woodworking.

Thomas is survived by his children, Janice Holiday, Pam Holiday, Paula Aliff, Tommy Holiday, Cherie Kennedy, Janie Ruble and Brian LaPeter; his grandchildren, Heather, Amanda, Rachel, Toni, Ricky, Benjamin, Carrie, David, Terence, Ashley, DeShaun, Anthony, Brittany, Vanessa, Trevor, Lauren, Brandon and Ryan; his great grandchildren, Mikayla, Marissa, Aubrey, Sam, Addie, Iris, Ava, James, Sierra, Nicholas, Tyler Devin, Joseph, Layla, Delilah, Hope, Kayleigh, Cody Jr., Phoenix, Bellamy, Nekyh and Aria; mother of his child, Carolyn and the mother of his children, Linda Holiday. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sallee "Lee" Holiday in 2014.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 27, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 27, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, November 27, 2021

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Larry Sheler

November 27, 2021

Tom was my best buddy at the Sentinel, working shoulder to shoulder, sometimes closer, in all that grime, for over 22 years. Sometimes in harmony, sometimes arguing like brothers. On a few occasions, as we sat together in the cafeteria, or even at his favorite Starbucks, someone would ask if we were brothers. Of course, I always answered with a joke, but the truth is I’d have been proud to call him “brother”.
May he Rest In Peace.

Amy Wenger

November 27, 2021

What a wonderful man Tom Holiday was!!! The love he had for his family was inspirational!!! A true father figure for me!!! I know he & Lee are reunited but sure will be missed here by many!!! Love you Tom ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Leslie Warhurst

November 27, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember being fascinated by Tom's garage. He had every tool and gagget you could think of. He was such a kind man.

Edwin Torres

November 27, 2021

I knew Tom for over 18 years. He was a good frien and a coworker. The best buddy you could ever have. He surely be missed..

Malave Raymond

November 26, 2021

Receive my most heart felt condolences in this time of pain & sadness to family of Tom Holiday. It was an honor to have worked with Tom at the Orlando Sentinel, he was such a hard worker & always found the time to make us laugh with his funny gestures & jokes. May he rest in peace & I pray for strength and peace for the Holiday family & GOD BLESS YOU ALL !!!!!!!

Jennifer Phinney

November 26, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Tom. I remember him always fixing and tinkering with anything mechanical. No doubt, his reunion with Lee was one for the books. May the special memories you all made together help you through this difficult time. R.I.P Tom. ❤️

Nicole Reto

November 26, 2021

We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the loving family and friends of Tom Holiday. He was a dear, kind man who cared for his family selflessly and I will always remember, fondly, the way he doted on Lee and loved his stepdaughter, Cherie. He was such a special, talented, loved man who will be deeply missed by so many. RIP Tom. I know you must be elated to be reunited with your beautiful bride and she, undoubtedly, thrilled to sit in your lap once again. 💙

John Tolley

November 26, 2021

I was a new kid in Packaging (Mailroom back in those days) everything was new then, the building and almost all of the equipment. There were two identical counterveyor lines on A Press. One line put out a perfect bundle, the other was horrible, after working three times as hard a few shifts on the horrible side I was determined to figure out the difference, I noticed on the good side the last roller before the 90 degree turn had more lift to it. I asked Tom, he adjusted the roller and it was perfect just like the other side. He put me in for a Perk Certificate which I received, he was someone I always had respect for. RIP Tom

Thomas Baer

November 26, 2021

I always liked Tom... Always a smile and warm welcome when Cherie and I would be studying for EMT school or after work at Arabian Knights... I am grateful for his service to our nation and will truly miss that smile... Rest in peace Tom

Lauren LaPeter

November 26, 2021

Grandpa Tom was a very loving man to my grandma. He was there during many moments in my life and he always tried to put a smile on my face. I will always appreciate and remember his kindness towards me and the happiness he brought my grandma. He will be missed and never forgotten.

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