In Memory Of

John Alphonsus Holland

22.6.1933 – 21.5.2023


Beloved husband of Tess.


Adored father and father-in-law of

James and Kath, Brigid and Terry (deceased),

Rebecca and Nicholas, Alexandra and Duncan,

Nicholas, Luke and Danielle, Ben and Kiera.


Loved by his grandchildren:

Edward, Finn;

Samuel, Sophie, Lucy, Kate;

Harriet, Portia, Lillian, Henry;

Louis, Saskia, Hugh, Henriette;

Georgiana (deceased), Alexandra, Charlotte, Georgia, Tom;

William, Grace and Annabelle.

Forever in our hearts

John’s Family and Friends are invited to Celebrate his Life

with Funeral Mass to be offered entirely in

St Laurence’s Catholic Church, 134 Buxton St, North Adelaide

on FRIDAY, June 2, 2023 commencing at 2:00 p.m.

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Tony Newman -

Together with his parents, John lived across the road in McEwin Street, Renown Park. John then taught me at CBC before being my footy coach at St Dominics. A genuinely nice man except when he made us climb the Barton Terrace hill, with one climb for every goal we lost by. Many great memories of Mr Holland, Dutchy and later John.

Kaylene Barreira -

Warmest condolences, Tess, to you and the family on John's passing from a life shared so generously and energetically, devotedly and courageously, humbly and modestly. In reflecting on the years when he and I were colleagues at CBC (1986 - 1996), Wakefield Street, I turned to Bro. Healy's 1978 publication celebrating the school's centenary, which notes John (p. 160) as one of the best players at the June 1960 football match between Wakefield Street and Rostrevor Old Scholars following substantial improvements to the CBC Oval. In a more recent volume by Lingard Goulding (2018) on the College's 140th anniversary, Dean Karcher reflects on John's special gifts as an educator of boys: teacher, sportsman, wise counsel and patient mentor. John's gentle manner, encouraging word, kindly smile, Christian faith and his good humour will always be remembered with thankfulness and deep respect. He made the walk of others less difficult, and was happy to accompany another in thoughtful and silent prayer when burdens grew heavy. May God grant to John eternal rest.

Imelda Kempson(nee Holland) -

To all John's Family from all of our family..we send our sympathy and love. God bless you all at this sad time. Imelda Kempson (nee Holland) daughter of Terry.

Peter Kain -

My sincere condolences to you Tess and your family. John was a huge part of my education in the early 60's and I've always acknowledged him as one of the best teachers I ever had - not just in studies but also in life's attitudes and care. It was always great to catch up with you both through my brother on the odd events when were in Adelaide. There will be many others who will recall John in a similar way and the world is richer for his life and a little sadder for his passing. With love and sympathies to you all Peter Kain