Edward W. Holt

VENICE, Fla. – Edward W. Holt, 92, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Englewood, Fla., and Ohio, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Edward was born in 1921 in Knoxville, the son of Ottis ”Nick” and Lela Brewer Holt.

He lived most of his adult life in central Ohio, where he worked as a manager for United Insurance until retiring to Florida.

In addition to spending time with many wonderful friends and family, Ed enjoyed bridge, golf, travel and music. He was a beloved bridge director for the American Contract Bridge Association for 25 years. Achieving the level of Silver Life Master as a bridge player, he was influential in the advancement of bridge in the Englewood, Port Charlotte and Venice areas.

An avid golfer, Ed could often be found on the course with his pals and son, Jim. (Both Jim and Ed have a hole-in-one on the same course to their credit.)

Ed shared the last 15 years with his significant other, Juanita Myers of Venice, Fla. They both had a passion for the game of bridge. Their love of bridge took them to many tournaments and on many cruises with other bridge enthusiasts. Together they enjoyed a very active and happy life with friends and family.

He is survived by his son, James E. (Donna) of Pataskala; son-in-law, George Simpson of Port Orange, Fla.; sister, Joan (Richard) Bullock of Niles; grandchildren, Jennifer Holt of Arizona, Ted (Melissa) Simpson of Michigan and Nicole (Jeremy) Lees of Washington; great-granddaughter, Ella; and several nieces and nephews.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 58 years, Yolanda Ross Holt; son, Nicholas, who passed at age 13; daughter, Susan Simpson, who passed in February 2013; and a sister, Edith Roodhouse.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Plantation Golf and Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venise, Fla. 34293.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Tidewell Hospice in Venice, Fla.

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