Allan Holdsworth Family Memorial

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Raised by 2,824 people in 17 months
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Created April 16, 2017
Please consider donating what you can to help the wonderful family of musical legend Allan Holdsworth with his funeral expenses in this most difficult time. Thank you and please share!

A sincere "thank you" to all of you who have sent private messages to the campaign; they will be forwarded to Louise & Emily.

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AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THE HOLDSWORTH FAMILY

The past few days have felt like a lifetime of a never-ending nightmare. It's hard to put into words the emotions and gratitude that we feel.

Without all of the love and support we have received we would be completely lost. We are doing our best to fulfill the wishes of our beloved father.

We will be holding a private ceremony to celebrate the life of our dad and we cannot thank you enough for allowing us to do that. We will be planning a public memorial in the coming weeks.

I know he's looking down at us and he can rest easy knowing the huge stress that has been lifted from our shoulders. Thank you for all the kind words, memories and donations.

We have decided, as a family, to close the GoFundMe campaign. It has more than exceeded its purpose. We cannot express our gratitude to you all enough, it has been overwhelming.

In lieu of further donations or flowers, please consider donating to your local pitbull rescue in Dad's name as he was most fond of the breed. We often teased him that Daisy, our pit mix, was actually his favorite child.

All Right Then, Then...

Our dad was the best!

Louise, Emily and Sam Holdsworth
April 19, 2017

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AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THE HOLDSWORTH FAMILY

The past few days have felt like a lifetime of a never-ending nightmare. It's hard to put into words the emotions and gratitude that we feel.

Without all of the love and support we have received we would be completely lost. We are doing our best to fulfill the wishes of our beloved father.

We will be holding a private ceremony to celebrate the life of our dad and we cannot thank you enough for allowing us to do that. We will be planning a public memorial in the coming weeks.

I know he's looking down at us and he can rest easy knowing the huge stress that has been lifted from our shoulders. Thank you for all the kind words, memories and donations.

We have decided, as a family, to close the GoFundMe campaign. It has more than exceeded its purpose. We cannot express our gratitude to you all enough, it has been overwhelming.

In lieu of further donations or flowers, please consider donating to your local pitbull rescue in Dad's name as he was most fond of the breed. We often teased him that Daisy, our pit mix, was actually his favorite child.

All Right Then, Then...

Our dad was the best!

Louise, Emily and Sam Holdsworth
April 19, 2017

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Dear all,

Here is an update written by Manning Bartlett, an administrator of the UnReal Allan Holdsworth group on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/361803263942657/

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So yesterday at 4AM (Sydney time), Louise Holdsworth is on the phone sobbing hysterically (as you can well understand). My wife Eva is sobbing as well. I am just numb.

Louise then uttered some words that harrowed my soul - "We can't even afford a funeral. What are we going to do?"

"Don't worry about the money", I said. "I'll sort it out".

A confession - this was PURE bravado on my part. I really had no idea how to solve this. My own credit card was still recovering from my recent trip to LA.

I called Greg Beaton to discuss crowdfunding. He was camping in the Sierra Nevadas. It breaks my heart to tell you that we had a GoFundMe account already set up... in preparation to raise the funds needed to get Allan's final two albums finished. That we were now using this account to pay for his funeral is simply horrible.

Greg configured the GoFundMe account using his phone while standing on a mountain trail. Meanwhile I shoot a video with my hair standing up and my t-shirt on backwards. (I'm not good at 4AM... or any other time really)

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Now it is 24 hours later. I'll be honest, Louise is still barely able to function. I check in with her every two hours or so to make sure she is OK.

But something absolutely astonishing has happened. You - his fans - have stepped up in an utterly astonishing way. Way, way, WAY beyond our wildest dreams.

Many, many people have asked "What are you going to do with the extra money?". Here's the answer - absolutely NO idea.

This fund was always about only one thing, ensuring that Allan Holdsworth received a dignified funeral. To be perfectly honest, I had no confidence we would even achieve that.

Louise, Emily and Sam are still too caught up in agonizing grief to think beyond the immediate. Meanwhile I'm just a family friend and it is not my place to decide anything. So I can't tell you anything about what they will do with the money you all have raised.

What I can tell you is that there are NO words for how grateful we are. Ridiculously, incomprehensibly, stupefyingly grateful.

Our dearest and beloved friend Allan will be buried with grace and respect, and his children will not panic about the cost. That is a kindness for which I have no words to describe.

Thank you all.

Manning Bartlett
Sydney, Australia
17 April, 2017
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Hi, Louise and Emily are naturally devastated, but I can pass along their enormous gratitude at this outpouring of love.

For more information about about this campaign, please see the video posted by the UnReal Allan Holdsworth group.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/361803263942657/permalink/1220081391448169/
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While I can't speak directly for Allan's family, I am very grateful to see such a quick outpouring of love and support for them, as I'm sure are they. It is no secret that Allan is quite loved by many, and his generous and kind demeanor is mirrored in your actions. Thank you so much for helping ease their burden by removing this worry from their plate.
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