I loved Don for being real! An inspirational down to earth Christian man who lived the faith as we all should- with compassion, no judgement and a genuine care for our salvation. Although we would only catch up occasionally I knew he loved me- thank you for being there for me through the ups and downs of life over the past 40 plus years! Your family is a reflection of both you and Sue- a great send off by them.Rejoice in heaven together again.
What a lovely service to commemorate the life of a wonderful man. Uncle Don will be very much missed. It was so great to be able to join in the service from Western Australia.
Carolyn Rowcliffe (Grandaughter of Don’s eldest bother Bill)
We loved our time with Don and Sue at both Rowville Baptist then Hillview, What a wonderful man, always encouraging, we admired his strength and his humility , Don was a great influence on our lives, he will always be remembered with love. our thoughts are with all the family,
This is Lorna’s granddaughter Jess. Uncle Don came to nana’s in Altona to visit many Saturdays in 2019 and I spent a bit of time with him, he was always singing, always telling stories, especially about his beloved Sue. I learnt a lot about what he and nana got up to as kids and loved hearing the stories.
The Holt grandkids told the story of tug you last. I wonder if you know this was a game that nana and Don played as kids as well? Everytime he came to visit, one of them would say tug you last when they left and they’d both always smile. So that has been a very long tradition and was really beautiful to hear in the service yesterday.
Love to you all.
Dear Simon, Mark and the Holt family, I have viewed your darling Dads service. Beautifully done a great tribute to his life. And what a wonderful legacy he has left, his faith and love lives on and shines in his sons and their wives and his grandchildren. God Bless you all as you navigate this difficult time as I know he will be greatly missed. Reunited with his wife, and forever with our Lord. ✝️
Thank you all so very much for sharing the story of the wonderful man we have always known with love and the greatest respect as “Mr Holt” – Thinking of you all
I am very grateful that I got the opportunity to get to know Uncle Don these past few years. He was such a beautiful man and used to make such an effort to see my nana, his sister Lorna, most weekends. I know the whole family really appreciated his visits.
The service was lovely, I will miss you Uncle Don.
A beautiful send off for a wonderful man.
We’ll miss Uncle Don’s visits to Altona, we all loved seeing him, especially Nana. It was heartwarming to see brother and sister together chatting and reminiscing about the old days. Pretty sure I saw him play Tug You Last with Nana too!
I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to get to know him better over these past five or so years.
He treated us to some lovely afternoon teas when we visited him and Pedro in Camberwell, and I was always so impressed that he knew his way around technology and Facebook. It was lovely to see the photos of his day trips and getting out and about towards the end, but perhaps I didn’t click “like” fast enough!
I’m equally as grateful that he so kindly and openly shared the stories and research of our family’s history – such a valuable legacy to leave us with.
RIP Uncle Don, I’ll miss you.
I knew Don from my time at Newmarket Baptist Church,. When Mark was the pastor there, Don and Sue would often attend Sunday services. Don and I had some interesting discussions, as I had come out of a different Christian tradition. Although we sometimes looked at things very differently, he was always kind and thoughtful and had a wonderful sense of humour. Don was indeed a good man and I am glad that I and my family were privileged to know him and to know his wife, Sue.
Don rests now in the arms of his beloved Lord. Blessings on the Holt families.
A lovely service and a fitting tribute to a much-loved servant of the Lord.
“Then said he, ‘I am going to my Father’s; …. My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage… my marks and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought his battles who now will be my rewarder.’ … So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side.” (Paul Bunyan)
Deepest sympathy to you all as Don’s wonderful family .I was so impressed by the truly beautiful service you all participated in to honour your father ,grandfather ,father-in-law ,he certainly has left a very loving ,amazing legacy . I am offering these feelings on behalf of my family who have been honoured to know your father and his family of origin for many years but through the years have lost touch . My father and Don’s father were neighbours at Quambatook and I last saw Don in about 1938 , I was born in Feb 1933 so 2 years younger than your Dad and I left the Mallee early 1940 to go to Kerang !! So many wonderful memories of Dave Holt and the family ,Uncle Murray lived with us Kerang working for my Dad ,U Bill was just further along at Cohuna but we did see him quite a lot !! You are all doing Don and Sue so proud ,God Bless you all.( You may have heard of my Dad ,Earle Hosking .)
To the Holt family
Very moving tribute to a man I remember from my child hood years, a great friend to my mum and dad, known to you all as Aunty Marg & Uncle Ed.
I remember times of fun and chaos as the Holt’s, Morgan’s and Mcleans got together…
I know your loss and sorrow at this time and hope you can gain comfort from knowing that so many are thinking of you at this time.
Mum sat up all day waiting for the service to start, she said you all did a perfect job!
Thank you for making this possible, mum would have loved to have been there in person, so this really was great for her to be able to watch the service.
I’ll miss Uncle Don, he did a great job getting himself all the way to Altona on the train to visit mum.
She loved his visits too.
When it was time to head back, I used to drop him off at the station so he didn’t have to walk so far, he always said ‘good on ya Pete’ as he walked off to catch his train.
So grateful to have gotten the chance to get to know Uncle Don over the last few years. Such a beautiful man who always made such an effort to visit my Nana, his sister Lorna. Wonderful job with the service. Uncle Don, you will be missed.
As someone who has been deeply blessed through the ministry of Larry and Jo, it was very moving to hear the story of the life of Don, who imparted so much to them, and indirectly to me and my family. What an example he is of the way God can fill, and move through, a human being.
May all the Holt family be able to rejoice in his legacy even while you grieve your enormous loss.
Sending love xx
Thank you Dan for the privilege of meeting you at small group and your sharing of your faith and live of God. You have been a blessing to so many and to your family! May God be with your family and all who will miss you! Till we meet again one glorious day!
Thanks for the opportunity to share in this wonderful service to remember a true man of God who has been used to bless so many lives, including our family.
We loved Don – a great example of a true father, husband and disciple of Jesus.
So so special! What a heritage of love, joy and faith Don lived and passed on. I will never forget the first time I met Don with Larry and Jo and family on an outing to visit his sister Lorna at Altona. We went to the beach later and he came over and asked me all about my life story – and got the whole thing out of me with ease, genuine interest and deep respect. I felt really listened to, encouraged and valued. Beautiful man of God, gorgeous wife, blessed and wonderful family. Your tributes are inspiring. May we all aspire to be like Don.
A beautiful tribute to a kind, gentle and authentic gentleman. I only knew him in recent years at Camberwell Baptist but he spoke often with pride of his family. He was an encourager, always with his genuine smile. God bless and comfort you all.
What a beautiful tribute to a lovely man. His family have been blessed to have them in their lives as he was blessed to have them. His legacy will live on in them. Bless you all
Many memories of Don being the ‘Youth Pastor’, when he was in his 60’s I think at Dandenong. He was always cheerful and encouraging. He has a marvellous family around him.
Don has been my hero since the 1960’s since I knew him at Nar Nar Goon
Don was such a caring and gentle man, a man of peace and joy. He was a great ambassador for the Lord, sharing his love and news everywhere he went. I find peace in knowing that he is now with our Lord and we will be reunited again one day soon.
“Don has shown to be a man of faith and humility. Very skilful in the knowledge of the Bible and a strong defender of the truth of the Gospel. The Holt family will greatly missed him , we also at the Bible Home Group where he was the leading us. NOW he is eternally with our LORD.
May God bless and protect the Holt family.”
Your Dad was a lovely kind thoughtful man. May you all be at Peace and know that he is forever with our Lord. Met Don early March last year and so amazed to hear that he was a Quamby boy and had connections with my family
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