Memorial website in the memory of your loved one

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Brian Holod.  Brian was born in Kennedy Township, McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, to David and Joyce Holod, on October 27, 1971, and he suddenly passed away at his home in North Ridgeville, Ohio on January 1, 2006 at the age of 34.


Brian was loved by all who knew him.  He had a beautiful smile, warm and caring ways, a great personality and keen sense of humor.  We were gifted by God to have Brian be such a special part of our lives.   We will remember Brian, our "shining star", forever as a very special son, brother, friend, co-worker and physician. 

Brian made a difference in so many lives, and this quote by Pericles seems appropriate:  "WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND IS NOT WHAT IS ENGRAVED IN STONE MONUMENTS, BUT WHAT IS WOVEN INTO THE LIVES OF OTHERS."

Thank you for visiting Brian's website.  Scroll down to learn more about events scheduled to remember Brian and to view a slide show of photos.  WE HOPE YOU WILL TAKE A MOMENT TO "LIGHT A CANDLE" FOR BRIAN.  This will let us know  you have visited the site.  After you light a candle, it will remain lit forever.  It means so much to us, and we thank everyone who continues to show your support!



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We regret to inform you that we have CANCELLED the 5th Annual Brian Holod Memorial Golf Outing due to lack of participation. Thanks to those who helped promote the event and those who did register. -9/25/10



Sat., Oct. 2, 2010

9am Shotgun Start

Mallard Creek

Check for more information.  Registration to begin May 2010.


  Our thanks to those who participated in the BRIAN HOLOD MEMORIAL POKER RUN on October 7, 2006.  After much prayer, decided it would be best not to do another poker run, and just appreciate the special gathering we had last year to dedicate Brian's Garden at SJWS.  

The 2nd Brian Holod Memorial Golf Outing was held on  Friday, September 21, 2007 at Sweetbriar Golf Club, 750 Jaycox Road in Avon Lake.  We had a small turnout this year but enjoyed a wonderful time together.  Thank you to everyone who golfed or supported this event in any way.  We appreciate your support!

(Please see Tributes/Condolences Section for more information on 2007 Golf Outing at Sweetbriar.)


The 3rd Annual Brian Holod Memorial Golf Outing was held at Sweetbriar Golf Club in Avon Lake on Friday, September 26, 2008.  It was awesome!  Participants in the scramble enjoyed playing at Sweetbriar's beautiful new "Legacy 18" course.  We were blessed with a warm, beautiful, breezy fall day to enjoy each other's company.  It was so nice to see many of Brian's friends and fellow doctors at the outing.

Thank you to everyone who supported this event in any way.  To the individuals who participated in the scramble and those who joined us for dinner, we are so glad you were able to join us.  I believe we had someone very special looking down on us at the event!  I know that one of Heaven's Angel's had a big, beautiful smile as our little Jordyn sang a special song entitled "I Miss You" for her Uncle Brian.

Thank you to our SPONSORS:

GOLD: Dick Bigelow Chevrolet & St. John West Shore/Graduate Medical Education

SILVER: Josh Bryan, D.O., Family of Brian Holod, Zarzour Chevrolet

BRONZE:  Halleen Chevrolet, Jim Stewart/R.L. Prive Insurance, David L. Tolentino, D.O./West Shore Primary Care, & Brian's Dad.

Thank you to everyone who supported our event by purchasing our various raffle tickets for 50/50, Pick-A-Prize, Silent Auction & TV Raffle.

Thank you to businesses and individuals who donated items for the event/raffles.  A special thanks to General Motors/Cleveland Zone and Sandee Holod/Kids Party Entertainment by Angel Bug for their very generous donations of items for the raffles and door prizes. We appreciate your generosity!

A special thanks to the following people who made donations to The Brian Holod Memorial Fund:  Betty "Mimi " Lesh - $500, Uncle Frank Johnston - $500, Mark Sims/Sims Chevrolet - $300, Uncle Jim & Aunt Marlene Johnston - $100, Aunt Grace & Uncle Tom Sedlak - $75.00, Penny & Scott Evans - $40, Bob, Laura & Brandon Mancuso - $40, Mike & Julie Cavalier - $30, John Meech - $25.00, "In Memory of" Barry W. Schlentner (Brian's Godfather) - $25, Anonymous SJWS Donor - $5.

We are very appreciative of your support for our golf event.  We will continue to provide financial support to St. John West Shore Hospital's Graduate Medical Education Program.  Our heartfelt thanks to all!

"The Family of Brian Holod, D.O."

     ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, North Ridgeville
   Siblings Day, April 10, 2007
          Brian's 36th Birthday, October 27, 2007
          New Year's Eve, December 31, 2007

          Siblings Day, April 10, 2008

          O.U. Graduation Remembrance, June 8, 2008

          Sunday, July 27, 2008

          Tuesday, July 29 2008

         Sunday, October 26, 2008 10:00 a.m. mass

A lifetime memorial has been built to honor, Brian D. Holod, D.O., our beloved son, brother, and friend. “Memory Bricks” have been placed in the patio and walkway of "Brian's Garden" at St. John West Shore Hospital.  The Garden provides a relaxing atmosphere for employees & visitors in a beautiful setting each and every season of the year.

If you wish to add a personalized brick (engraved with your name and/or a few words), we would love to include it as a tribute to Brian. The engraved bricks are similar to those used in areas of Jacobs Field. Two sizes of brick are available:
SMALL BRICK - Cost $25.00 (11 characters/spaces per line, limit 2 lines) or
LARGE BRICK - Cost $50.00 (18 characters/spaces per line, limit 3 lines).
Please access order form by clicking here: 

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Tributes and Condolences
Happy Birthday, Sweet Angel! (10/27/14)   / Mom
Today is your special day, so Happy Birthday, Sweet Angel! I feel that I am in control of my feelings most days, but today is one of those times where emotions flow. I think of you every day...and miss you so very much. You added so much happiness...  Continue >>
Belated Condolences (Nov. 2012)   / Shelly Smith (Friend)
In the late nineties I provided in-home services to a very special man, Ralph, who received dialysis three times a week at St John West Shore. Ralph was the same age as me, and we were both about 2 years younger than Brian. Brian was Ralph's Dialysis...  Continue >>
TODAY...1/1/12  / Mom On 1/1/12
We started the day by attending mass at St. Joh Medical Center where Brian was remembered in prayer. Thank you to Father Tom for his very kind words about Brian In the mass. He made it very special and provided a big hug. It was nice to see Bettina...  Continue >>
Today is a day filled with rain; today is a day filled with pain. Today as I am fighting back my tears, I think of you through all of your years. It is not right for us to celebrate New Year's Day, but we can honor you in a special way. tomorrow...  Continue >>
HAPPY 40th BIRTHDAY, BRIAN   / With Birthday Thoughts, Mom (10/27/11)
Today is your 40th birthday my dear son. it should be a day of laughter and fun. When this day is over and done All I'll still have is memories of my special one. Family life is so different; nothing is the same. We don't have your special vis...  Continue >>
Passing By . . . .  / Becky Cawrse (Friend)    Read >>
HOLIDAY THOUGHTS  / MOM 12/26/09     Read >>
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SWEET ANGEL!  / MOM (10/27/09)     Read >>
SHINING DOWN ON US TODAY  / Mom 10/10/2009     Read >>
BRIAN HOLOD MEMORIAL GOLF OUTING - SAT, 10/10/09  / MOM (9/10/2009)     Read >>
FACEBOOK NOTE FROM CLASSMATE - 9/7/09  / Chris Sliva (Class of 1989 )    Read >>
WATCHING OVER LULU  / Mom (August 7, 2009)     Read >>
BRIAN HOLOD, D.O. "PATIENCE WITH PATIENTS" AWARD  / Joyce Holod (JUNE, 2009 )    Read >>
HAPPY HEAVENLY ANNIVERSARY BRIAN  / Carol Angel Michal's Mom     Read >>
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His legacy
Congratulations to CHRISTOPHER de La HOUSSAYE, D.O. who was selected as the 2012 recipient of the BRIAN HOLOD, D.O. "PATIENCE WITH PATIENTS" award. The presentation occurred this evening at the St. John Medical Center Intern and Resident Graduation Dinner at Avon Oaks Country Club. Christopher was presented with a "Shining Star" award and a $300.00 check from the Brian Holod, D.O. Memorial Fund. la HOUSSAYE graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011 and is a PGY1 Traditional Rotating Intern at St. John Medical Center. He is recognized for his professionalism and compassion, his willingness to go above and beyond by dedicating his spare time to meeting the needs of his residency team, and his exemplary patient-oriented care. Christopher is described by his peers as an asset to patient care, possessing a great work ethic, and his commendable patience during rotations. Dr. De la HOUSSAYE also received the 2012 Dr. Jack Brill award for Outstanding Intern tonight. He was accepted into NOVA Southwestern for Radiology Residency. Best wishes for happiness and success in your future medical careers to Christopher and all the participants in the SJMC Graduate Medical Education program. On a personal note, thank you to Dr. S Kish for the touching comments he made to me after the dinner regarding him remembering Brian. It meant a lot to me as I thought back to previous ceremonies I attended with Brian and of the love and pride I felt for my son.

It was my privilege to present ANDY COIL D.O. as the 2011 recipient of the BRIAN HOLOD D.O. "PATIENCE WITH PATIENCE" AWARD at the annual St. John Medical Center Intern and Resident Graduation Ceremony on June 16, 2011 at Lakewood Country Club.  Andy was presented with a beautiful plaque and a check for $300.00 from the Brian Holod Memorial Fund.

Dr. Coil was the recipient of the award last year, and he continues to receive recognitions from patients for his compassionate care.  Dr. Coil is a PGY3 Emergency Medicine Resident who graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008.  He embodies the spirit of this award, as he is viewed as a patient advocate and role model of kindness and compassion.  He is very empathetic with patients and offers support.  Dr. Coil is recognized for the courteous manner in which he communicates with both patients and their families

Congratulations Andy for continuing to provide patient care with extreme compassion.



A contribution in the amount of $1000.00 was made in May 2010 from the Brian Holod D.O. Memorial Fund to St. John Medical Center for the purchase of medical reference books.  An additional $200.00 was donated to the research program for participants in the Graduate Medical Education program at St. John Medical Center. 

$300.00 will be presented on Juni 10, 2010 to the recipient of the Brian Holod D.O. "Patience with Patients" Award.  The name of the intern/resident receiving this award will be announced in June.

The 2010 recipient of the Brian Holod DO "Patience with Patients" Award is ANDY COIL D.O.

4th Annual Brian Holod Memorial Golf Outing  

The 4th Annual Brian Holod Memorial Golf Outing was held on Saturday October 10, 2009 at Sweetbriar Golf Club in Avon.  We were once again blessed with a beautiful fall day.  The event closed with a clambake.

Thank you to everyone who helped in any way.  We appreciate your support. 


TANJA JOHNSON-BROWN for printing the programs

JOE TUROS JR. - winner of the 50/50 raffle.  Thank you for donating your winnings back to Brian's Memorial fund.

ALL THE GOLFERS!  Hope you enjoyed the day! 

The St John West Shore Hospital Graduation Dinner for Interns and Residents was held on June 2009 at Lakewood Country Club. I had the privilege of presenting the Brian Holod D.O. "Patience with Patients" Award.

The 2008-2009 recipient of the Brian Holod D.O. "Patience with Patients" award is David McConoughey D.O.

Dr. McConoughey is a PGY2 Emergency Medicine Resident who graduated from the Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007. He embodies the spirit of this award as he genuinely cares about the patients that he treats and not only them but all those that he works with including techs nurses and other attendings.

Just recently a nurse commented that she overheard Dave in a patient's room in the CCU. His interaction with the patient sent chills up and down the nurse's spine as she heard him care for and interact with the patient. Dr. McConoughey listens carefully and shows empathy towards those he cares for. He is certainly an example to all in regards to compassionate care and earning the respect and trust of his patients. Dr. McConoughey will be a PGY3 resident in SJWSH's Emergency Medicine Program beginning in Juli.

I can personally attest to Dr. McConoughey's compassionate care since he was the E.R. physician who treated me for the injuries to my mouth when I tripped on my front porch in November. Dr. Conoughey showed much concern for my well-being that night.

Dr. McConoughey was presented with a plaque and a check for $300.00 from the Brian Holod Memorial Fund.
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