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Gordon Holloway, ex-Shaftesbury Society Director, dies aged 85

Ex-Shaftesbury Society Director and tireless charity worker Gordon Holloway died on April 20 (2015) after a short illness.

Gordon led The Shaftesbury Society as Director for seventeen years before retiring in 1995. For much of that time, he was also Director of Shaftesbury Society Housing Association. Both organisations grew and developed remarkably under his leadership.

For all who knew him, Gordon was tireless in the energy and passion that he brought to the cause of both organisations, which he always enthusiastically embraced. Gordon was a person who had a passion for people and before him, all were truly equal – equally loved and respected, whatever their ability or disability; whatever their role and position.

Beyond The Shaftesbury Society, Gordon had a wide network of influence, serving on the boards of a number of registered social landlords and other organisations and even recently, was involved in founding a charity working in Romania.

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Livability’s vision is of a transformed society where disabled and disadvantaged people can live life to the full and Gordon made a huge contribution towards the achievement of that mission during his lifetime.  Gordon continually lived out the Shaftesbury (now Livability) vision of putting Christian faith into action for the good of society.

We hope you will uphold Gordon’s family in your thoughts and prayers at this time.

Tributes from those close to Gordon

Doreen Hopcroft, ‘How sad to hear of Gordon’s death. I still share stories of Trueloves School and how it all started.  What a debt we owe to Gordon. So many memories of Studland Bay with Gordon and Valerie.  In later years we became good friends when they visited Ken and I at Inglestone.’

Norman and Grace Barnes, ‘The thing I liked about Gordon was his ability to make everyone feel wanted and appreciated. He took Shaftesbury into modern times with bravery and conviction. Grace and I were blessed again and again by his pastoral passion and care. He was a humble man who shunned the limelight.  Well done good and faithful servant.’

Tony and Ruth Powell, ‘When Mike Langworth kindly informed me of the passing of Gordon he used the phrase “he has gone to be with His Lord”.  Immediately the scripture came to mind  “Eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man  what God has prepared for those that love Him” Gordon’s relationship with Jesus was the focus of his life in his family and in the wider family of the Shaftesbury Society.’


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