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Former BCC principal Norma Holder passes on

Former principal of the Barbados Community College, Norma Holder, has passed away after a brief illness at age 79.

Her husband of 54 years, LIAT Chairman Jean Holder, confirmed her passing to Barbados TODAY, saying that she was briefly hospitalized on Friday and he was informed of her death at 1:30 a.m. today.


The late Norma Holder

“She was truly a wonderful person,” said a grief-stricken Holder.

Mrs Holder was also the organist of the St George Parish Church.

She also leaves to mourn her daughters Janet and Caroline, and her grandchildren.

87 Responses to Former BCC principal Norma Holder passes on

  1. Jilly Welch
    Jilly Welch February 14, 2016 at 11:53 am

    My sincere condolences to her family. She was a very lovely and generous lady. May she rest in peace.

  2. Mixie Pierreponte
    Mixie Pierreponte February 14, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Mrs Holder was a great Woman may she rest in Peace

  3. Raymond Lorde
    Raymond Lorde February 14, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Rest in peace

  4. C A Yearwood February 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    My condolences to the family, she will be missed

  5. Ann Gittens
    Ann Gittens February 14, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Taught me English at Bcc, she was an excellent teacher may she rest in peace.

  6. Lisa Bayley
    Lisa Bayley February 14, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    RIP I saw her just the other day playing at a funeral at her church. Sigh

  7. Rosline Howard
    Rosline Howard February 14, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    My sincere condolences to her family and friends may she rest in peace

  8. Jamar Marshall
    Jamar Marshall February 14, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    SIP, my condolences to her family.

  9. Diane Drayton
    Diane Drayton February 14, 2016 at 12:16 pm


  10. Tessa Kerr
    Tessa Kerr February 14, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Shocked and so very sad to see this … Norma was a marvelous person … may she rest in peace! Condolences to Jean, family and friends …

  11. Paul Collymore
    Paul Collymore February 14, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    RIP, condolences to her family.

  12. Sean R Gittens
    Sean R Gittens February 14, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    May she rest in peace

  13. Abraham Millington
    Abraham Millington February 14, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Condolences to the family!

  14. Samone Miller
    Samone Miller February 14, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    May she rip she’s gone with her maker

  15. Devere Smith
    Devere Smith February 14, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    RIP Well done thou Good and Faithful Servant…..

  16. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole February 14, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    May she rest in peace.

  17. Roseanne Ashby Myers
    Roseanne Ashby Myers February 14, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Condolences to the family. Mrs. Holder was a very sweet and gracious lady. Readily agreed to play as part of a quartet at our wedding. Very genuine person. RIP

  18. M. Wilson February 14, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Nothing can fill the void left by this accomplished, generous, mighty & amazing woman. We are left with the happy memories, the tools and the kindness she handed each of us and the grace with which she did all things

  19. Aileen Smith
    Aileen Smith February 14, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Rip Mrs Holder

  20. Janet Bishop
    Janet Bishop February 14, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Rest in peace xx

  21. Anderson Langdon
    Anderson Langdon February 14, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Very saddened by this News what a powerful and beautiful woman.. a role model for all people!

  22. Lucinda Murrell February 14, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    My sincere condolences to the family,may her soul rest in peace and rise in glory

  23. Lisa Greaves Richards
    Lisa Greaves Richards February 14, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    RIP Auntie Norma.. You were an educator extraordinaire and a lady of immense grace.. Play in Jesus’ choir.. Until we meet again..

  24. Allison Callender
    Allison Callender February 14, 2016 at 1:09 pm


  25. Mark Hill
    Mark Hill February 14, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Yhis is one of the poeopole that made a difference in my life, as noy onky as a student but she reconised many talents and made sure i was oart of her team. She did a great job have a great one mrs Holder

  26. Patrick Hussaini
    Patrick Hussaini February 14, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Rip,lovely Mama as this photo shows .

  27. Trina Denny
    Trina Denny February 14, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I’m sure I saw her last Saturday at laff it off, wow, may she rest in peace

  28. Anne Gilkes
    Anne Gilkes February 14, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Condolences to the family . May she rest in peace

  29. Susan Adelle Chapman Kirton
    Susan Adelle Chapman Kirton February 14, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    We are sadden to hear of her passing. Our condolences to Jean and all of her family.

  30. Milanese Holder
    Milanese Holder February 14, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    May she RIP

  31. Chantel Warden-Holder
    Chantel Warden-Holder February 14, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Wonderful lady…she will be greatly missed..

  32. Carol George-Gaskin
    Carol George-Gaskin February 14, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Remembered from my BCC days. RIP and sincerest condolences to her family

  33. Corey Drakes
    Corey Drakes February 14, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    My condolences to the family of a wonderful individual who always make you feel at ease when feeling at ease didn’t seem possible rip mam 🙁

  34. Christopher Donawa
    Christopher Donawa February 14, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    A wonderful human being. Rest In Peace Mrs. Holder

  35. Janet Hudson Wesson February 14, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Norma was a lovely person and a very fine organist.
    We send our sincere sympathy to her husband and family.
    Bill and Jan Wesson

  36. Alison Turton
    Alison Turton February 14, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    condolences to her family and friends xx

  37. Bernice Gittens
    Bernice Gittens February 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    So sorry to hear. RIP like this woman

  38. Patrick Tannis
    Patrick Tannis February 14, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Truly an Angel that walked among us……………………………………

  39. Bandele Serrano
    Bandele Serrano February 14, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Sorry to hear of this , condolences to her family

  40. Mary-anne Redman
    Mary-anne Redman February 14, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Condolences to her family ….Rest In Peace …

  41. Deion Johnson
    Deion Johnson February 14, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    R I p condolences to the families

  42. Cynthia Blackman
    Cynthia Blackman February 14, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    May she rest in peace . Wonderful woman she was , Had personal dealings with her when our Wards went to BCC. Sincere Sympathy to her entire family .

  43. Cipreen Holder
    Cipreen Holder February 14, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I will always remember her grace and wise counsel….Rest in Peace!

  44. Alison Saunders
    Alison Saunders February 14, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    A great loss of a lady who did so much with grace and dignity. Condolences to her family .

  45. Emerson Bryan February 14, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Oh no… I will miss you my friend. I will never forget your hospitality to me as a fellow Jamaican when I was new to the island back in 2005. RIP my friend, and my condolences to Jean and to the rest of your family and friends.

  46. Ian Drakes February 14, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Truly a wonderful lady, May she rest in peace, my condolences to her husband and the entire family circle. Til we meet again.

  47. Clarisson Clarke-Franklyn
    Clarisson Clarke-Franklyn February 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Condolences to her family, may she rest in peace and rise in glory.

  48. Dianne Griffith
    Dianne Griffith February 14, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Such a beautiful lady and a very pleasant person she will be missed my condolences goes out to the family

  49. Rodney Grant
    Rodney Grant February 14, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    RIP Norma Holder a good lady. Condolences to her family

  50. lswiltshire February 14, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Mrs Holder taught us Physical Chemistry down at the Harbour Campus in the very early days of BCC, when the Science classes were held in the Old site of the fledgling UWI and SJPP inter alia.

    She was very friendly and fun and we loved her well. Recall her playing the piano at Christmas time 1970 while a number of who liked to sing had a sing a long of Christmas carols

    I have very fond memories of this vry warm person

  51. Beverley Howell
    Beverley Howell February 14, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Sincerest condolences to her family.

  52. Stephen Fields
    Stephen Fields February 14, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    A wonderful human being! Within her chest beat a heart of love for others. If my love affair with chemistry was started at Foundation, it was consummated at The Barbados Community College with her as my tutor. A fantastic teacher! A Christian soul who also touched the lives of others with her music. Our condolences to her husband and family. Be assured of our prayers. May she rest in peace!

  53. Harry Bishop
    Harry Bishop February 14, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    My condolences to the Holder family. May her journey toward God be one of love and happiness for her love for her students were alway visible and her kind words were alway well received. Will be missed.

  54. Sheree-Ann Adams
    Sheree-Ann Adams February 14, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    RIP Mrs Holder. Truly a wonderful person. Condolences to get family.

  55. Terry Vanterpool-Fox
    Terry Vanterpool-Fox February 14, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Condolences to the family..

  56. Christopher A Oliver
    Christopher A Oliver February 14, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    RIP she was a beautiful lady.

  57. Coreen Holford
    Coreen Holford February 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    RIP ,Mrs Holder….

  58. Yvette Reid
    Yvette Reid February 14, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    So sorry to hear of Norma’s passing. A wonderful friend who always had time for people. You will be missed . Deepest sympathy to Jean and family….

  59. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar February 14, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    RIP Such a gentle, humane lady.

  60. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett February 14, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    awwww, my sympathy

  61. Merlin Myers February 14, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    RIP Mrs Holder. Go claim your crowns. This world has lost a very lovely person. When I was not sure of the path to take regarding the future of my daughter’s tertiary education, without knowing me or prior knowledge of a visit, I turned up at her home (not office) and she welcomed and advised me on what to do. My only regret is that I never had the opportunity to thank you. I’m proud to have been associated although our paths never crossed again. Until we meet again, sleep on Gods angel.

  62. Joceline Blackett
    Joceline Blackett February 14, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    May her gentle soul rest in eternal peace.

  63. Wendy February 14, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Such a wonderful lady. Condolence to her husband and family.

  64. Janet Selman
    Janet Selman February 14, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Condolences to the family

  65. Deborah Small
    Deborah Small February 14, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    May she rest in peace. Sincere condolences to the family

  66. Dr. Donna E. Hunte-Cox February 14, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    On behalf of the Hunte, Shorey and Cox families of St. Barnabas Church,I extend sincerest condolences to Dr. Jean Holder and the Holder family, the BCC family and the music fraternity on the passing of a dear colleague, Mrs. Norma Holder. She was a very pleasant person and a remarkable and dedicated musician. May her soul rest in peace.
    Dr. the Hon. Donna E. Hunte-Cox
    Consul General of Barbados at New York

  67. Joan Leacock February 14, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    RIP. Many conversations are remembered with her at my time working at CTO with her husband Jean Holder. My sympathies are with the family at this time.

  68. Tracey Browne
    Tracey Browne February 14, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mrs Holder.

  69. Cora King
    Cora King February 14, 2016 at 7:22 pm


  70. Venice Daisley
    Venice Daisley February 14, 2016 at 7:22 pm


  71. Venice Daisley
    Venice Daisley February 14, 2016 at 7:23 pm
  72. Titch Bajan Scorpian Small
    Titch Bajan Scorpian Small February 14, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Wow, what a shock, RIEP my friend.

  73. Yolonda Kerney February 14, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    May she rest in peace – such a warm, gracious lady!

  74. Catherine Sandiford
    Catherine Sandiford February 14, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Lovely Norma Holder … we played violin together in the Barbados Symphony Orchestra during my final year at Ellerslie. My condolences to her family and the many lives touched by her teaching, musical talent and pleasant personality.

  75. Christina Barbados
    Christina Barbados February 14, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Rest in peace Mrs. Holder

  76. Ailiene Carrington February 14, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Such a beautiful soul. May she rest in peace.

  77. Deborah Yarde
    Deborah Yarde February 14, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Deepest sympathy to her family.

  78. Jason Hynds February 14, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    My condolences. Very pleasant personality.

  79. Frank O O Harris February 14, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Truly a wonderful woman in every regard. May she rest in peace and rise in Glory. Amen. My condolences to her husband, children and extended family.

  80. Christian scherr February 15, 2016 at 12:00 am

    RIP Mrs. Holder may you play sweet music with all the masters and may you inspire the angles to sing more beautifully with your presence among them…. I will never forget you you were a great inspiration to me and one of my greatest role models…

  81. Olutoye Walrond February 15, 2016 at 1:07 am

    A wonderful person with a ready smile. Was in her company only last December.

  82. Rickardo Graham
    Rickardo Graham February 15, 2016 at 6:29 am

    My sincerest condolences to her family.May she rest in peace.

  83. E. Chase February 15, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Truly wonderful person and an excellent tutor and organist. Rest in peace. Condolences to the entire family.

  84. Joyce, Ulric Sealy and Family February 15, 2016 at 8:36 am

    There are not enough words to express how the members of our family felt when we heard of the passing of Dr. Norma Holder. All our interactions with her be it in church setting, educational environment or social occasions, she was the same, kind, polite, gracious, warm to name a few and you were always so comfortable. She will be really missed. To her husband, children other relatives and friends and all her musical colleagues, condolences to you. May she rest in peace. From Ulric, Joyce and Andrea Sealy

  85. Sherwin Rollins February 15, 2016 at 10:00 am

    A truly lovely person. May she rest in peace. My condolence to family and friends.

  86. Kristina Evelyn February 15, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I attended BCC when she was the Head. She was a wonderful lady, liked by all. Rest in peace, Dr Holder, you were a great role model to all of your students.

  87. M. Smith February 15, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Such a gracious and wonderful person. The epitome of elegance….that is what comes to mind when I remember
    Dr. Holder

    May she Rest in Peace.


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