My Dave was just a wonderful gentle giant... I miss him

My Dave was just a wonderful gentle giant... I miss him

My Dave was just a wonderful gentle giant... I miss him

First published in News

THE fiancee of a talented rugby player who died on a Colchester building site has paid tribute to her “gentle giant”.

Dave Holloway, 35, a New Zealander, died on the JR Pickstock site, off Haven Road, just two days after starting work at the site where a £35million student housing complex is being built.

Nicky McCloy had set up home with Mr Holloway in Colchester and was set to marry him on a game reserve in South Africa in November.

Miss McCloy, a recruitment and HR manager, said: “Dave was the most outgoing, talkative, friendly, loyal and generous ginger gentle giant I have ever known.

“He is alreadymissed all over the world and it speaks volumes of the person he was that he touched so many lives in such a positive way.

“He was so full of life and always ready to offer advice about anything and everything and always made time for anyone who needed it.

“He had such a love of life, music and rugby and had a very good general knowledge and would talk to anyone, any time, whether he had just met them or had known them his whole life.

“He always thought about everyone else. He was the most selfless and generous person you could ever imagine.

“His parents, Jim and Joy, his sisters Kiri and Kathy and little bro Johnny, and me, his fiancee, the rest of my family, and the rest of his family and friends are devastated that he has been taken from us far too soon.”

Mr Holloway had only been working on the site as a slinger signaller – the person who selects and attaches the lifting gear to a load to ensure a safe and secure lifting operation – for two days. It is believed he was crushed to death when a load fell on him at 8.25am on Wednesday.

He loved rugby and, at 6ft 5ins, played to a high level in his homeland, appearing for New Brighton and Suburbs, both in Christchurch, and maintaining a passionate interest in Wellington club rugby.

A serious ankle injury suffered a few years ago curtailed his promising career, but he devoted much of his spare time to coaching.

He moved to England in 2011 and worked for a London company specialising in erecting marquees. It was there he met Miss McCloy, 29, and the couple had arranged a wedding in South Africa as she spent the early part of her life there and Mr Holloway had long dreamed of travelling there.

Also an enthusiastic drummer, Mr Holloway played in a rock band called Parousia and was easily recognisable due to his tattoos, which heavily featured Japanese art.

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10:30am Tue 14 Jan 14

Dazza2009 says...

My thoughts go out to the family regarding this tragic accident.

Having witnessed a similar accident on a building site in Chelmsford just over 5 years ago I had to say something as it just brought back those terrible memories that you never wish to see happen on a building site as it affects all who work there as well.
My thoughts go out to the family regarding this tragic accident. Having witnessed a similar accident on a building site in Chelmsford just over 5 years ago I had to say something as it just brought back those terrible memories that you never wish to see happen on a building site as it affects all who work there as well. Dazza2009
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10:41am Tue 14 Jan 14

creditcrunch2010 says...

RIP Dave, such a tragic accident and so sad for his fiancée Nicky, My thoughts go out to family and friends that have lost, by the sound of it, a truly decent bloke.
RIP Dave, such a tragic accident and so sad for his fiancée Nicky, My thoughts go out to family and friends that have lost, by the sound of it, a truly decent bloke. creditcrunch2010
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11:25am Tue 14 Jan 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

A sad loss, I wish you well Nicky, remember the good times!
A sad loss, I wish you well Nicky, remember the good times! Say It As It Is OK?
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9:16am Wed 15 Jan 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

YOU LOOK LIKE A LOVELY COUPLE AND DAVE SOUNDED LIKE A GREAT BLOKE
RIP
MY CONDOLENCES TO YOU+
JACK EDWARDS -
YOU LOOK LIKE A LOVELY COUPLE AND DAVE SOUNDED LIKE A GREAT BLOKE RIP MY CONDOLENCES TO YOU+ JACK EDWARDS - A Very Private Gentleman
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9:59am Wed 15 Jan 14

ibelieveinangels says...

Sending my love to you nicky and to his family and friends. I had lost my boyfriend almost 9 years ago and I know how much you will miss him. Keep strong and treasure the memories you shared xxx
Sending my love to you nicky and to his family and friends. I had lost my boyfriend almost 9 years ago and I know how much you will miss him. Keep strong and treasure the memories you shared xxx ibelieveinangels
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