Colin was such a nice chap and such a sad loss at such a young age.
Years ago, when we both worked for electronics titles, he knew I couldn't share his enthusiasm for sports, but when I knew him well he was always genuinely friendly and helpful, and never for a moment allowed the rivalry that exists between journals to spoil the social side of work.
A proper gentleman, I say.
Terrible, terrible news. Colin would have been a key member of anyone's dream team of Electronic journalists, and I can only echo comments here concerning his great good humour and industry insight. Colin helped me when I was starting my career - even more so when he decided not to take up one editorial post he had been offered, as I was second choice. He was great fun to be with on editorial trips and he was one of the 'must haves' when putting together editorial interview schedules for many clients. I'll miss Colin very much. RIP Valiant one.
I'm very sad to see the passing of Colin. The industry has lost an icon. I'm sure his family and friends feel the same way.
To me, Colin was always warm, caring and friendly; a man whom I came to respect quite a bit as his personal charm was outmatched only by his professional skills. I'll have fond memories of Colin, always.
The first time I met Colin "in the flesh" was at the Embedded Conference in London in the press room -- I walked in not knowing anyone, but Colin recognized me from my photo on my EE Times articles -- he immediately called me over to his table, introduced me to everyone, and within minutes I felt as though I was in the company of old friends. He was a unique and very likable person who will be sadly missed.
To me and I am sure to everyone who knew him, the news of Colin’s death is such very sad news and the great loss of someone who had so much more to give and contribute. I had the pleasure of working with Colin after I joined Electronic Engineering as editor in 1978. He was initially my Production Editor and later Products Editor and willingly carried the load that underpinned the success of Electronic Engineering at that time. I suppose if he (Colin) had to write my report card at that time, one line might have read, “Knows a lot about electronics and physics but nothing about publishing”. Colin helped to put that right before he moved on to greater success and for that I will always be indebted to him.
He became a lifelong friend and we often chatted about the great love of his life football (soccer to US readers) and the club he supported Charlton Athletic. There are many amusing football related anecdotes that come to mind- one I remember occurred when we were traveling together with the rest UK technical press core to Dallas for a press conference. Colin persuaded the American Airlines captain to radio back to London to get the 5.00pm Saturday football results and read them over the public address system for all football leagues with some rather interesting pronunciations. Happy Days. Goodbye to a really nice guy.
As another former colleague on Electronics Times, I can only echo other's comments about Colin's kindness and generosity. As a rugby rather than a football fan, I admit that my ears still prick up at the mention of Charlton as their performance could be used as a barometer for Colin's mood on a Monday morning. He'll be missed
Often in the morning I'd catch up Colin, at which point he was well into his day on the other side of the pond. We'd talk, and by the end a good hour would have passed and I wouldn't have realized it. I'd always come away the better for having spoken with him: He was an inspiration on so many levels, personally and professionally. He had to be dragged kicking and screaming from the football pitch of life, after overtime, after the penalty shootout, and after some bloke in shorts blew the final whistle. He didn't care, he just wanted to play on. He was our captain, and he never let us down. I - and by extension my own family - am better for having known him. His legacy will ripple for years to come. Thank you Colin - and Cheers to you too!
Colin Holland passing on is a loss to all who knew him, a gentleman who always had a kind word and charm but also a journalist got the heart of the story he wrote... Colin was a great supporter of afdec and attended many of the early meetings, travelling from Woolwich to The Tower Hotel in Roy Atterbury’s 1600E Cortina... “We always stopped for a kebab on the way home and he (Roy) without fail would always find a way of getting me to pay for it!” he joked, grinning widely... For me it summed up Colin’s good natured humour...
It's a very sad day. Having known Colin for years I will really miss him. If there was someone at a press conference or event you were always going to say 'hello' to and have a chat, it was Colin. His commitment to whatever he did – whether it involved writing, editing or Charlton, or getting N trains to a distant distributor close to where Charlton had an away game – was legendary.
Sorry to see you go Colin.