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Holbrook, Colin George

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December 31, 1939 - October 28, 2015

Holbrook, Colin George

Colin George Holbrook, age 75, beloved Husband, father and grandfather passed away at Medical City Hospital Wednesday October 28, 2015. He was born December 31, 1939, the first child of George and Emily Holbrook in St Albans, England. His formative years were spent in Leeds while attending University to receive his degree in Chemical Science. He enjoyed the challenges that came with being an Engineer and worked in England and Spain before meeting and falling in love with his soul mate – Judith. They left England for career opportunities via Canada to the United States in Carrollton, Texas. Through his many achievements with Lennox Industries he provided a wonderful life for the people he loved. He particularly enjoyed his Lennox experience that brought him to France from 1999 thru 2001. Here Judith, his wife and their constant companion Lucky walked the golf courses outside of Dijon, France. One of Colin’s favorite past times was to play Golf, a sport he could find time to unwind with friends and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. He loved to travel the world with his wife Judith and he would bring his parents Emily and George along for the ride. He was proud of bringing them to visit the United States multiple times including Disney World and traveled to Australia as well. Even with all of these wonderful vacations and explorations, he called the United States home. He loved this country and knew it was a privilege to be a United States citizen. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Judith Holbrook, his daughter Patricia Saddington, his step son Roy Saddington, (wife Leslie), and his 4 grandchildren, Barry Saddington, Kosta Saddington, Christo Saddington and Despina Saddington. His cousins who reside in England Joan Adams, Stephanie Ballard and Pat Sween. His greatest joys were to be with his wife Judith and their beloved dog Sophie, he loved dancing, playing golf, Bridge and cooking unforgettable meals over the years for his family. He will be missed by everyone who knew him, he made a difference in all of our lives for the better, he was a beautiful and kind man.

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Kirk Thorne

December 09, 2015 1:38PM

I just learned of Colin’s passing and I wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and your family. Many very positive memories are flashing through my mind as I write this note. My involvement with Colin on the L Series team and my time with him in France represent the two most memorable times of my professional career. The dynamics of the team we formed in Carrollton represented a once in a life time professional opportunity and created relationships and business success that has spanned now 20+ years. What I admired most about Colin was that he was all about getting the job done. Irrespective of any challenge he pulled the necessary people and resources together to do so. He developed many young engineers and served as an outstanding coach and mentor.

I remember having dinner with you and Colin in Dijon soon after you settled into your newly established residence and it seems not that long ago. I hope that you look back on your time in France with as many great memories as I do.

Warm Regards,

Mark Kurtz

November 05, 2015 3:44PM

Judith, so sorry to hear about Colin. You two came to mind a few days ago, wondering how things were. So many memories...your expertise and patience in the sell of my house back in 2004, getting the opportunity to stay in your home and care for Sophie while you two traveled. I learned so much from Colin at work, his quick wit, jokes, math skills, his use of the golf pencil, the times we traveled for work and telling stories while drinking a cold beverage in his room and on & on...I was telling the family of the news at the dinner table last night and was rambling on about Colin and my daughter asked me if Colin was her Uncle. I asked her what made her think that. She told me that when daddy talks about someone for that long about so many memories and ends up with tears in his eyes, we are usually related to them. So guys definitely mean much to our family.
Mark Kurtz & family

François Pellet

November 05, 2015 3:32AM

so sorry to hear of Colin's passing.
It has been a pleasure to work in France with Colin. He helped us a lot in Gas design and his heart is still beating in the gas roof top we manufacture and deliver all around Europe!
My sincere condleance to you Judith and your family.

Jean-Michel CARRE (France)

November 05, 2015 2:25AM

Colin joined us in France in 1999 to help the Dijon Engineering team and to bring knowledge from the Dallas PD&R. We worked together on various Europe Rooftop Designs and also specifically on the Lab design still running today. We enjoyed a lot his contribution to our activity here in France. I will remember a very kind and helpful person. Many thanks Colin!

Charles Hilbert

November 04, 2015 9:42AM

Judith, we are so sorry about Colin. He was a great person and friend. I worked with him for several years while in the Ft. Worth plant. Colin was responsible for getting a transfer for me in to the Carrollton lab when the Ft. Worth location closed in 1991. I worked with him until I retired in 1996. We appreciate you for finding a house that was suitable and affordable for us in Carrollton, then helping us to sell it when I retired and moved to the lake. We hope to have a visit with you soon. Charles and Gay

Alan Boyd

November 04, 2015 9:11AM

Judith... I have wonderful memories of Colin both when just talking or when we worked together contributing to a pellet stove project on the west coast. He used his engineering knowledge to contribute so much to so many. Like so many others, I will miss him.

Tom Fitzgerald

November 04, 2015 9:02AM

To the family of Colin Holbrook

I had the great pleasure of being his Technician in the commercial group from 1988-95
I helped him developed the “L” Series product, and small package unit.

I learned a tremendous about from him over the years. We always got along so well.
He was a very interesting man.
I often though of him over the years, wondering where he might be playing Golf, or where he might be traveling to.

I will miss him

Cindy Harmon

November 04, 2015 7:33AM

I am so sorry to hear of Colin's passing. I was the Receptionist hear at Lennox when Colin was here at that time. He had so many stories to tell. Will certainly keep you and my family in my thoughts and prayers in the days to come. Sincerely, Cindy (Greer) Harmon

Len Cook

November 04, 2015 6:54AM

My condolences to the Holbrook family. I will always remember Colin for teaching me so much about gas combustion products at Lennox and still miss having him come by and saying Good Morning 'Squire' and I replying with Good Morning 'Governor'. He will be truly missed.

Jim and Wilma Hickson

November 03, 2015 10:09PM

Very sorry to hear of Collin's passing, I met Colin after becoming the Lasion engineer at Marshalltown and always enjoyed working with him and sharing Lasion stories. He was a very good friend and a great Engineer. I will miss him deeply.

Charles Hilbert

November 03, 2015 8:58PM

Judith, you and Colin are special to us. Colin for his friendship and as my lab contact in Ft. Worth and for his help in getting me transferred to Carrollton to work for him. Our special appreciation to you for finding us a suitable and affordable house and then for selling it when I retired in 1996. We will miss him and hope to have a visit with you soon. May God bless and comfort you and your family. Charles and Gay

Ted Gilles

November 03, 2015 8:02PM

He was a true friend and a great engineer. I am quite a "buff" of London double-deck buses and we enjoyed discussing our self-directed tours of the city.

Patricia Perreault

November 03, 2015 7:08PM

My sincere condolences to you Judith and your family.
I'm so sorry to hear of Colin's passing. I will always smile remembering our conversations and working those crossword puzzles he would give me from the London newspaper after one of his trips.

Dutch Uselton

November 03, 2015 4:32PM

Judith, I met Colin right after I joined Lennox and worked with him until he retired. He was a good friend and my kind of engineer.
Our thoughts are with you.
Dutch Uselton

Brenda Lentz

November 03, 2015 3:47PM

Judith I am so sorry to hear of Colin's passing - I was just thinking about him the othe day and wondered what he's up to! I so enjoyed working with Colin at Lennox R&D in Carrollton. I learned so much from him, enjoyed talking with him about his many travels, and Judith & grandchildren! He will be missed! Sincerely, Brenda & Ron Lentz

Steve Brown

November 03, 2015 3:32PM

So sorry to hear of Colin's passing. I worked with him on many projects, My wife, Mary, and I always enjoyed sitting and talking with him at all the Lennox parties we attended together. I will certainly miss him.

Steve Walter

November 03, 2015 2:31PM

My condolences to the Holbrook family. Colin was always ready to help by sharing his long experience and wide knowledge. His friends at Lennox miss him.

Merlin Chapin

November 03, 2015 1:55PM

I remember Colin, working with him on gas furnaces, in fact, he was the burner man. He also was with us when Argentina and the British fought the war over the Falkland Islands and Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister. He heard a lot about that. We also managed to help him, when he was in France. Unfortunately, that venture closed down and he came back to the U.S.
He traveled a lot, all over the world and also tried to get me to do the same, but I thought, I had enough traveling.

Now it is memories that are left and I often think about those times.

Merlin Chapin

David Rosenow

November 03, 2015 8:36AM

Judith: So sorry to hear of Colin's passing. I have many fond memories of the many projects we worked on together at Lennox. He was a great engineer and friend. I will miss him.