Douglas Holland   Former Redcap and Ops Control Admin
Sadly we have heard that Douglas has recently passed away (June 2020), he had been ill for a while by all accounts, though it was determined to be natural causes.  My sincere condolences go out to his family, friends and former colleagues at this sad time.

Douglas, a former Red Cap also worked in Ops Control and was a well liked and respected member of the BCal team.

He worked as a Passenger Services Agent from May 1970 to Oct 72, followed by various roles in Ground Ops from Nov 1972 to March 1981. Then followed just over 3 years as Operations Services Officer before leaving in 1984.

Service details

Douglas's service was held at Thanet Crematorium on Wednesday 30th September 2020.

Address: Thanet Crematorium, Manston Rd, Margate CT9 4LY    Map here 

A wake / memorial may be held later when covid separation rules are eased, but not at this time.

Donations in Dougie's name to Porchlight please, a Kent based homeless charity. 

Cheques made out to ‘Porchlight’ can be sent to:-  Gore Brothers Ltd, Park View, Thanet Road, Margate, Kent  CT9 1UB. 

If folks do send a cheque, please quote Ref. 824024, Douglas Holland.

Douglas Remembered

From David R Holder: So very sad to learn this, Dougie was a great gentleman. RIP Dougie

From Marjorie Anglesea Jackson
I'm so very sorry to hear this sad news, he will be missed by so many. Condolences to family and friends. RIP Douglas.

From Alayne Elizabeth: I am so very, very sad to hear RIP

From Julie Splarn: So sorry to hear this, such sad news x

From Deanna West:
So sad to hear this news. He was always so friendly and polite whenever you met him at the gate. RIP Dougie

From Liz Nettlefold: Sad news, RIP Dougie

From Yvonne Wallace: Very sad news x

From Lynne Le Maitre
This is such sad news. Douglas and his pithy, witty comments were so much appreciated. Often worked with him as well. RIP Douglas.

From Jackie Abercromby-Stagg: Oh such sad news, Dougie was such a lovely man. xx

From Coreen Wilcox
How very sad. Dougie was one of a kind. I remember him fondly from my days on the ground. Rest in peace Dougie

From Debbie Cornford: Oh my, that is so so sad. Such a lovely man. Sleep well Dougie xx

From Doug Ledingham: Terribly sad news, I worked alongside him for a short time on the ramp. Lovely guy. RIP Dougie.

From Terry G Saward: So sorry to hear such sad news.I knew him well. RIP Dougie.

From Sarah Amlot: So sad!!!

From Frank Brejcha: Very sad news, RIP dear Dougie, your friendly posts will be much missed altho' our paths never crossed.

From Linda Collyer: Remember him many moons ago when I was BUA/BCAL

From Maureen Booth
Dear Douglas....I realised you were unwell, but always thought there may be one more painting to critique. I feel blessed to have known just got a little darker...sleep well Dougie.

From Mike Hawkey
So sad to hear about Dougie, worked with him for many years as redcap and with him on the introduction of the touchdown system, a gentleman and fun to work with. RIP, will remember you always!

From Caron Phillips: So sad, RIP Dougie, and my condolences to his family and friends

From Dolorsmaria Vila-mills
So very sad news to hear about Dougie, I remember him well a gentleman. Condolences to his family...May you R.I.P Dougie

From Stephanie Hawkey: This is so sad x he was such a lovely, kind and unique guy Rest In Peace Dougie Love always xx

From Frances Firmin
Very sad news we have missed Douglas' sometimes informative, sometimes dry but always interesting posts on FB. Condolences to his family and friends.

From Mark Whiting
Oh no! I had tried to contact Dougie on a number of occasions and was concerned for his wellbeing. He is at peace now. RIP Doug.

From Bob Cooper: Sad news indeed, always enjoyed his posts on fb.

From Rob Derr: So sorry to hear this. Worked with him for a short while in Ops, witty man.

From Angela Martin: Rest in Peace Doug, Condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.

From Iona McKay: I’m so sad, RIP Dougie! Loved his sense of humour

From Helen Reeves
I'm sorry to hear this. I loved working with Dougie all those years ago in Load Control, he was one of the great characters we had tucked away in the hut next to stand 10!

From Jackie Lloyd: So sad. R.I.P Doug

From Mandy Mayne: Sad news RIP Doug xx

From Margaret Mattocks: So sad to hear this!  RIP Doug xx

From Glynne Tucker
Really sad to hear this. I worked alongside Dougie for many years on both load control and in Ops. He was a gentleman with a wicked humour. RIP Dougie

From Karen McManus: Sincere condolences, R.I.P. Doug xxx

From Cherry Perkins: RIP Doug - at peace. So sorry. Cherry Perkins

From Ally Tucker: RIP shift partner. Thank you for looking after me when I joined. I will always remember that tobacco smell.

From Lesley-Ann Hutchinson: Such sad news....RIP Doug

From Neil Warringer: sorry to hear this, another good guy gone

From Ron Paterson: Sorry to read this Sad news

From Roger Warren: Yet another BCAL family member has sadly passed away. RIP Doug

From Wendy Jeffs: Oh I am so very to hear this love and hugs to his family. I will miss you Douglas xx

From Alan Saunders: RIP

David John Mercer
What more can be said, a fine airman; apart from the pipe! What a lot of fun we had at his expense. Non safety match heads and Banda Fluid with pipe do not go together! RIP my friend.

From Brian Buchanan Aitchison: RIP Doug. Condolences to the family.

From William Gardner-Hunter: RIP

From Colette Bell: RIP Doug - very sad news

From Elizabeth Kosh: Really sad to read this news. A lovely gentle man. RIP dear Douglas.

From Estelle Rousell: Oh no, that is so sad. I have such fond memories. RIP dear friend

From Ray Bridgman
RIP Dougie. A true gentleman and character - with his commanding voice and pipe in mouth, he would easily hold the attention of the room (or pub!).

From James Devlin: Sorry to hear this news Doug was a nice guy and always willing to help. RIP Doug.

From Elaine Jupp
Very sad news. I worked with Dougie for many years in Ops and the Touchdown system. He was a unique character with a wonderful laugh. I remember the time we had a computer meeting in the Copthorne hotel and he lit up his pipe just under the smoke went the alarm and the entire hotel evacuated! RIP Dougie

From John Meighan
A great loss one of life's true gentlemen and the best shift partner I ever had god bless and rest in peace Douglas.

From Geoff Hall: Rest easy

From Alan Reeves: He will be missed, a Gent and the reaction says it all. RIP Doug

From Don Passmore:  So sad. Lived with him at the Beverly for a short time.. A great character.

From Rosanne McWilliams: Very sad!

From Wendy Dudley
So sad - a quirkie guy, always ready to help and never a bad word to say about anyone. Some of you out there will remember our day trip to Antwerp

From Tony Bearman: Just heard the sad news and will always remember him with affection and happiness RIP

From Chris Jensen
Oh I’m so sorry to hear the news. I was at school with Doug as well as working at BCAL. Such a great character.

From Fee Flee: So very sorry Fly Free Doug

From Geoff Johnston: You may have left us all behind Dougie, but you sure as hell will never be forgotten.. RIP Doug

From Colin Alexander: Really sad to hear this news

From Ian Saunders: Very sad news. I have fond memories of him. RIP Doug.

From Sue Bridgman: RIP Doug. I remember when he started in Passenger Services.

From Mike Pettit: This is very sad news indeed. Such a nice guy and had a great sense of humour. I enjoyed working with him.

From Geoffrey Cornwell: RIP Doug. A real personality and good friend

From Penhair Carloti: I am very sad to hear such sad News!!! RIP.

From Diane Playford
A unique character who always had time for you. Loved his sense of humour and admired his intelligence. Such sad news, my thoughts are with his family.

From Susie Webb: So very sad to hear that. As Diane said, he was such a character. Thinking of his family at this sad time.x

From Phil Bowell
Pauline and I are both very sad to hear this news. Had been in touch recently and knew how poorly he was. He was a special friend, an all round good guy and a very special personality. We will miss him very much but have many happy memories. RIP Douggie (with pipe) !!!!

From Trevor Fisher: RIP Doug, a great individual

From Clive Clemson
I was very saddened to hear this news, Dougie was one of the many colourful characters in Ops Control; so many fond memories of our fun working days together. RIP my old chum.

From John Simpson: Sad news regarding Dougie, enjoyed working with him in Load Control and Ops, a true Gent. RIP Pal.

From Dyan Humphrey
Such sad news about Douglas. As can be seen by the numerous tributes he was much loved by all of us at BCAL, a totally unique character. I worked with Doug in the 70s and he would occasionally take me out for dinner. No fast food restaurant for Doug but the likes of Gravetye Manor!!! Two of his main loves were his pipe and Morgan cars. He always hoped he would own the latter but sadly I don't think his dream was ever achieved. Unexpectedly he sent me a letter and card on my birthday last year, it was so good to hear from him. Life hadn't been kind to him over the past years' but he still kept his sense of humour. He had been involved in charity and community work and said he had been asked to consider becoming a magistrate and also a councilor so obviously he was well thought of. Lots of lovely memories to keep. We will miss you Douglas.

From Jenny Holland: Sad news to hear, it was always a pleasure to board a flight Doug was also working.

From Alan Comber: Sad news to hear about Dougie - such a character, always with his pipe, alight or not !!

From Hugh Cowan
I worked with Dougie often especially over setting up Touchdown in Maintrol. As Dougie predicted, we never accidentally called the old lady in Japan again!

From Peter Thompson
Douglas was definitely in the top drawer of all the many amazing people that made up BCAL, extremely sorry to learn of his final take-off. Always around at the right time and with his constant affable manner calmed Operational stress on many occasions, pipe in one hand keyboard in the other you knew you were on a winner. Have a well deserved good rest Douglas.

From Colin Varty: So sorry to hear about Dougie. I remember him as a redcap, lovely natured guy.

From Caroline Shiels (nee Short): RIP Doug. A true gentleman

From Ken Lownds : RIP Dougie

From Trevor Gunn:
Well Douglas I know you enjoyed your IT work with both BCAL and SITA so I expect you were having a laugh about the transmission problems before your departure. Fly high and blue skies.

If you would like to leave a message in remembrance please drop me a line anytime at

Condolences have also been extended by:

Dave Thaxter, Jim Williams, Kris Massie, Brian Wassell, Riaz Butt, Peter Durran, Christine Jegu, Jenny Thomas, Dave Phillips, Graham Waters, Tina Harvey, Liz Rogers, Austin Wynn-Hayes, David Kilgallon, Lesley Peacock, Mike Phillips, Barrie Rawlins, Jack Boyle, Roger Brown, Angela Gunn, Victor Attwood, Nick Ridley, Ana Eva Heuberger, Laurie Evans, Jette Boysen, Brian Buchanan Aitchison, Carolyn Poppeliers, Valerie Edwards, Mike Jeffs, Maureen Copeland, Janet Willis, Chris Jensen, Jean Pierre Sonta, Sandie Kubiak,

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