HOLLOWAY, Stuart Whitworth
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April 15th, 1943 - November 12th, 2012
Stuart was born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England, the second son of Joan and Jim Holloway. The family came to Canada in 1948 after WW II and settled in Burlington, Ont. In 1967, Stuart began a career in broadcasting at a number of stations in South Central Ontario including CFTG - Galt, Cambridge, CKTB and CHSC - St. Catharines, CJOY - Guelph and CBC - Toronto. He became well known for his voicing of the famous phrase, "It's worth the drive to Acton." His broadcasting career spanned more than 30 years and he mastered many aspects of the profession including sales, marketing and recording. In 1975 Stu became a freelancer on the syndicated radio travel show: "It's Your World," which continued for 23 years.
In later years, Stu became Canada's busiest and most respected Air Show narrator. He has flown with The Snowbirds, piloted the Good Year Blimp and restored a Fleet Canuck to it's original pristine condition. For 32 years he was the narrator of the CNE Air Show in Toronto. During is freelance years, his veteran voice was heard on CBC's Radio Noon. In 1995, he was instrumental in designing the software to turn a computer into a miniature radio station. These computerized systems are now used in shopping centres across Canada and at Toronto's Pearson Airport. Stu won major marketing awards for projects completed for Atomic Energy, Labatt's and The Olde Hide House.
For the last several years Stu fulfilled a lifelong dream of living aboard his Fisher 34' North Sea sailing boat in the Port Credit Harbor where he made many wonderful memories with his friends.
Stu is pre-deceased by his mother Joan, father Jim and brother Martin. He is survived by his brother Chris of Ottawa and sister Alix Sue Bishop of Vancouver.
Stu was blessed to have many great friends who gave him tremendous support and encouragement. Chris and Sue would particularly like to thank Craig Barber, Mia Holmgren, Peter Asfar, Larry Mead, Tobyn Matson, Monique Bresner, Paul Corriveau, Leslie Garret, Kerry Brown, Dan Upshall, Rob Duckworth, Neil Armstrong, Pat Winter, Terry Henry, Bruce and Margaret, Ron and Katharine and Gary and Linda who came so close to Stu in his lifetime. We would also like to express our sincere thanks to the community at the Port Credit Marina in particular Les and Doug, the staff at the Trillium Hospital and PCJ Santa Maria of the Peel Regional Police.
A service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, November 18th, at the Trinity Anglican Church, 16 Stavebank Road, Mississauga.
Published in National Post on Nov. 15, 2012