Thursday, February 19, 2009

Condolences to the Holden Family

On the Eve of the 2009 season, the Houston Dynamo has lost an important member of its extended family.  On February 16, 2009, Brian Holden, father of Dynamo midfielder Stuart Holden, passed away at his home in Sugar Land, Texas.  Mr. Holden, who was born in Wigan, England, had battled pancreatic cancer for the past six years.  The Holden family has been involved with the Dynamo since the team moved to Houston from San Jose.

The Holden family and close friends will celebrate the life of Brian Holden at a private ceremony on Friday February 20th, and the Houston Dynamo will observe a moment of silence in honor of Mr. Holden prior to Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League match against Atalante.

In addition to his son Stuart, Mr. Holden is survived by his wife of 27 years, Moira, his son Euan, daughter Rachel, and his parents Donald and Marion, as well as his extended family still in the Wigan area.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to cancer research, in particular the family has requested that donors utilize Dynamo Charities.  Additionally, donations can be made to Holden's Heroes.

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