Tributes after tragic end to dream holiday

A picture taken of Pete Holland on their trip. Photo supplied.

A picture taken of Pete Holland on their trip. Photo supplied.

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The wife of a ‘generous, hard working, funny’ man who died while on a dream holiday has paid tribute to him.

Pete Holland, 57, of Woodville Road, Boston, died in the early hours of April 4, on the island of Langkawi, off Malaysia, from a heart attack.

Pete was generous, hardworking, funny, gregarious, he liked nothing more than a laugh and a joke and telling funny stories.

Sharon Holland, Pete’s wife

He and wife Sharon had taken the trip to celebrate her 50th birthday – it had started on December 4, touring New Zealand in a camper van, then on to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, The Philippines and Malaysia.

Sharon, who returned to the UK yesterday (Tuesday) told The Standard that Mr Holland had said ‘pack your job in and lets go backpacking’.

She said: “We had planned to work our way back up into Thailand to come home at the end of April. We had the most incredible time and made some fantastic friends along the way.”

Paying tribute to her husband, she said: “Pete was generous, hard working, funny, gregarious, he liked nothing more than a laugh and a joke and telling funny stories.”

Mr Holland was a self-employed pipe-fitter and welder working all over the country.

He enjoyed travelling and music and loved his Harley Davidson motorcycle - the pair had previously toured Europe on it.

She added: “Pete loved making things - he made me a beautiful summer house and greenhouse, which he made with a lot of love and effort. “

He was also a big ‘real ale merchant’ and the couple often met up with friends in The Eagle pub, she said.

Following his death, Mrs Holland was supported by her brother and his wife, staying at their home in Kuala Lumpur.

She said: “I honestly don’t know what I would have dome without them.”

She posted the news of his death on Facebook along with a solemn picture of Mr Holland’s t-shirt on the beach they spent their last night together.

She said: “I am truly overwhelmed by the posts - the tributes to Pete and messages of support from all our friends.

A private cremation was held in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, April 9, and there will be a memorial service in the UK as soon as possible so friends and family can say goodbye.