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Updated: 03/01/2014 08:00:00AM

Edward W. Holt

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Edward W. Holt, 92, Venice, Fla., formerly of Englewood, Fla., and Ohio, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Survivors include son James E. (Donna), of Pataskala, Ohio; son-in-law George Simpson, of Port Orange, Fla.; sister Joan Bullock (Richard) of Niles, Ohio; grandchildren Jennifer Holt, Arizona, Ted Simpson (Melissa), Michigan, and Nicole Lees (Jeremy), Wshington; great-granddaughter Ella; and several nieces and nephews.

Edward was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Yolanda (Ross) Holt; son Nicholas, who passed at age 13; daughter Susan Simpson, who passed February 2013; and sister Edith Roodhouse.

Edward was born in Knoxville, Tenn., June 23, 1921, and graduated from Niles (Ohio) High School in 1939. He lived most of his adult life in central Ohio, where he worked as a manager for United Insurance until retiring to Florida.

In addition to spending time with many wonderful friends and family, Ed enjoyed bridge, golf, travel and music. He was a beloved bridge director for the American Contract Bridge Association for 25 years. Achieving the level of Silver Life Master as a bridge player, he was influential in the advancement of bridge in the Englewood, Port Charlotte and Venice areas.

An avid golfer, Ed could often be found on the course with his pals and son Jim. (Jim and Ed have a hole-in-one on the same course to their credit.)

Ed shared the last 15 years with his significant other, Juanita Myers of Venice, Fla. They both had a passion for the game of bridge. Their love of bridge took them to many tournaments and on many cruises with other bridge enthusiasts. Together they enjoyed a very active and happy life with friends and family.

Services: A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 7, at the Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice, Fla.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Tidewell Hospice in Venice, Fla.