Family members lined the road to say their closing goodbyes to their ever-popular and adored husband, dad, granddad and buddy, Joe Holliday.
The funeral for the long-serving councillor and former Mayor of Allerdale was held on the Church of Our Girl and St Michael in Workington yesterday, with pals and neighbours watching on as councillors shaped a guard of honour.
Because the service started at 12pm, recollections of Mr Holliday had been shared, overlaying every thing from his schooldays the place he spent his time swimming for the county, to his life along with his adored spouse, Dorothy.
The “life-long sweethearts of 60 years” had been devoted to 1 one other from the day they met at Flimby carnival, marrying on November 27, 1965, and seeing their daughter, Patricia, born 9 months later.
Amongst so many different achievements, together with his function within the Highways division at Cumberland County Council, his time as a governor at St Joseph’s Catholic Excessive College, Derwent Vale, Lakes School and extra, and being elected on to Cumbria County Council in 2001, one in every of Mr Holliday’s proudest moments was assembly the Queen.
He informed household and pals, he “by no means thought a Workington lad would ever get to satisfy the Queen, and one other 5 members of the royal household in a single yr”.
Mr Holliday, a proud fan of Elvis and Workington Town, was additionally honoured to be part of the Church. After ready exterior Sunday evening mass week-in, week-out whereas Dorothy attended the service, Mr Holliday himself felt drawn to the religion, and determined to be baptised and confirmed as a Catholic.
Since then, Dorothy and Patricia each at all times stated he was a greater Catholic than the 2 of them put collectively – a proud and touching joke that they share.
However the “icing on the cake” of his spectacular profession was turning into Mayor of Allerdale in 2011 – elevating greater than £16,000 in his one yr within the function.
Canon John Watson, who led the service, stated: “Joe knew who he was. He had a way of who he was with out being boastful or proud.
“Why was he right here? He knew that too – to perform the nice he may, for so long as he may, for as many individuals as he may.
“The listing is infinite of the issues Joe has executed over time, however this is able to by no means change him as an individual, and he would nonetheless at all times say that his household was his greatest achievement – his delight and pleasure.”
Tributes had been additionally paid from Joe’s proud members of the family, Kimberley and Louise. “Joe Holliday leaves behind an awesome legacy,” Kimberley stated.
“To people who met Joe, he was a faithful councillor, faculty governor and dependable City supporter. To us, he was a husband, a father, a father-in-law, and a granda – one who will at all times be remembered.”
She continued: “Joe was a quiet man, however when he spoke, what he needed to say was priceless.
“He had an infectious snort, and when he discovered one thing actually humorous, his entire physique would shake and tears would stream down his face.
“Joe was a beneficiant and loving man, who acted selflessly to supply for his household. For those who had an issue, irrespective of how huge or small, Joe was the person to show to. He was somebody you might at all times, really depend on.”
Louise learn a poem written in his reminiscence, which stated: “Whereas we’re all so pleased with what you’ve achieved, that’s not what we’ll most treasure – it’s the chats, the laughs and the grins, and a few John Smiths for good measure.
“You’ll be shut in our hearts and recollections till we’re blessed to satisfy once more, so take pleasure in a pint whilst you’re ready up there, and I’ll see you in the future, pricey buddy.”
The heartfelt service was flooded with music, tears and smiles as Mr Holliday was lovingly remembered by all, and was adopted by a burial at Salterbeck Cemetery, attended by his closest household.
He leaves behind his devoted spouse and daughter, son-in-law Andrew, grandchildren Richard, Matthew and Jamie, and their companions Louise, Kimberley and Chloe.
The Occasions & Star attended the service with the sort permission of the Holliday household’