|RIP Colin Holland|
By Boris Sedacca
We have just heard that sadly, Colin Holland, one of the industry’s best-loved technical journalists, did not quite make it to the age of 60. Colin died a couple of weeks ago after a year-long battle with cancer. I remember Colin from my very earliest days as an IT journalist in the late 70s. At press conferences he was always a gentleman, unlike we hard-bitten IT hacks at the time.
In 1976 Colin graduated with a BSc in Physical Science from Plymouth Polytechnic. After graduating he spent a year as information and communications officer for the Plymouth Polytechnic Students Union. He then took on his first journalistic job as assistant editor for electronic technology at the Society of Electronic & Radio Technicians. Since then, his 35-year career culminated in a portfolio of several editorial directorships at UBM in the last three years.
Fellow journalists and PR professionals alike have eulogised Colin. Lisa Townshend, Group Editor at Dental Tribune UK, said: “I remember him from way back at UBM. Sad news and thoughts to his family.” Helen Duncan, technical writer and PR professional, added: “Very sad news. Dedicated journalist, well-liked former colleague, Charlton FC's greatest fan - a real character, and an all-round nice guy. We'll miss him.”
Nick Foot, PR director and owner at Billings Europe, said: “One of the very, very best. My privilege to have known you, Colin.” Caroline Hayes, editor-in-chief of EPN magazine, rejoined: “Incredibly sad to lose Colin Holland. He will be missed greatly, at exhibitions, press conferences and on the terraces.”
Colin’s niece, Lucy Ann Coote, said: “My uncle Colin Holland the legend, so many heart warming messages from his colleagues and friends. It is lovely to see how loved and cherished he was. Reading all the messages makes me feel so proud to have been his niece.” Lucy concluded: “Colin Holland's funeral will be held on Tues 12th Feb 12.30pm at Eltham crematorium. Family flowers only please, donations are welcomed for Greenwich hospice.”
For technical PR agencies like ourselves, Colin will be sorely missed.
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