Gavin Holloway's Parents’s Story

Site created on February 27, 2024

Gavin Holloway, our gifted, brilliant, and loving son, passed away unexpectedly the weekend of February 25th surrounded by his parents, family, and loved ones. 
We are still trying to absorb the magnitude of this devastating loss. We welcome your support, love, and prayers, while also understanding our need for privacy during this difficult and confusing time*.  

Many in the community knew Gavin from school and his community involvements, and we ask you to remember him that way: his kindness, his humor, his sense of fun, and his quiet conscientiousness. We are heartbroken. In the coming days, there will be opportunities to offer support and help which we will very much need to get through this time. We will post updates to this site. But for now, please remember Gavin, our beloved son and a friend to many, as the outstanding and special human he was, and help us to honor the best of his memory. 
Thank you and much love to all, 
The Holloway Family 
*We welcome your condolences on this CaringBridge page, or via text, but unless we have reached out directly, please no phone calls at this tragic time. You can also send cards to the address below. 

GO FUND ME: If you want to support Bruce and Cassandra with costs and in their healing, visit their GoFundMe page here

MEMORIAL SERVICE: A public memorial service to celebrate Gavin's life will be held on Saturday March 9, 2024 at 11:00 AM. The service will be held at the Walpole Unitarian Church, 14 Union Street, Walpole, NH. See below for important details and driving directions, as GPS may lead you to the wrong place. 
We welcome anyone wishing to honor Gavin to join us. You may also join us live-stream at (

HELP CREATE A MEMORIAL VIDEO: Please join us in creating a special and sentimental memorial video on VidDay. This video will be a collection of our memories, love, and support, honoring Gavin. It will serve as a tribute to his life and the impact he has had on each of us. You can submit a short video message, or video clips and photos of Gavin.- . Please submit before April 10th. 

MAILING ADDRESS FOR CARDS: Cassandra Holloway, Youth Services, PO Box 6008, Brattleboro, VT 05302

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Journal entry by Lev BenEzra

Gavin Rea Holloway, 16, of Brattleboro died unexpectedly on Feb. 25, 2024, surrounded by his parents, family, and loved ones. 

To know Gavin was to know one of the gentlest and brightest souls. His kindness, curiosity, wit, creativity, and analytical mind delighted all who knew him. Born on April 15, 2007, he was lost far too soon, but he left an indelible impression on so many lives that he touched. Despite the magnitude of this unbearable loss, his family is deeply thankful for the outpouring of love and support they have received from the community during this time of immense grief. Many have reached out to share their experiences with and memories of Gavin: his warm friendship, his infectious laugh, his love of learning, his quirky sense of fun, his artistic and theatrical abilities, and his intellect.

To his family, Gavin was a sweet, compassionate and thoughtful young man, often beyond his years. He was an avid learner and explorer from birth, and an astoundingly shrewd observer. At the age of 7, he was politely correcting the Montshire Museum staff for misidentifying a dinosaur in their diorama. He used the word "precocious" when it was precocious for him to do so. Gavin was a voracious reader of fantasy fiction, digesting books like The Hobbit and Watership Down - sometimes twice - before he was in middle school. Gavin read so many books that he would max out the local library and need to get library cards from neighboring towns so he could rotate. Even at age 5, he knew immediately if you took a wrong U-turn while driving. Virtually nothing got past him. He enjoyed camping and traveling with his parents to see family and friends in Massachusetts, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, the Maine coast, New York City, Niagara Falls and Canada. Gavin was also a trickster who loved playing practical jokes on his parents and friends, such as the time he made a plastic-wrap wall to ensnare his dad.

Involved in his school and community, Gavin's talents and charisma were known both on stage and off. In his younger years, he brought characters to life in a number of productions for the Vermont Theatre Company and for school, playing roles in productions such as A Christmas Carol and Macbeth, and perhaps most memorably as "Donkey" in the Green Street School's production of Shrek The Musical. Gavin performed with the Brattleboro School of Dance where he dazzled audiences with his "popping" skills as a hip-hop dancer. Gavin was known for his creative and unique Halloween costumes, creations which he would dream up (and enlist his mom to put together): a fallen angel, a creepy baby with a massive head, Godzilla, and a Plague Doctor. Gavin was also a young visual artist: One of his paintings is still on display in the Green Street School.

More recently, Gavin was interested in robotics, gaming, movies, and music. As a student at Brattleboro Union High School, Gavin especially enjoyed science and social studies. When he was a freshman, he was accepted to the Governor's Institute in Technology and Design, where he engineered an electronic alarm that threw water on your face if you didn't get up. Gavin was a notorious over-sleeper. Gavin loved gaming with friends. He was also becoming something of a music and movie critic: His favorite directors included Wes Anderson and Christopher Nolan. His last school project was to produce and star in an informative and entertaining short documentary about conspiracy theories. Gavin loved music: The Beatles, The Ramones, Brian Wilson, and hip hop artists like MF Doom, Kendrick Lamar, and the Beastie Boys. More recently, he had a hunger for discovering new music and genres from classic rock (King Crimson) to experimental (Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine). He loved making Top Ten lists, but they changed almost daily. Gavin loved food and cooking things like chicken tikka masala, pulled pork and chili, and lately baking yeast breads like French baguettes. He was also addicted to peanut butter and jelly.

Gavin would have turned 17 next month. He is survived by his father, Bruce Holloway and his mother, Cassandra Holloway, both of Brattleboro. He also leaves behind an extended and loving family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. To his family, Gavin will always be their most brilliant light. He left a void that will never be filled, and the thoughts of how he has enriched the lives of so many in his world will stay with them always. His essence, his spirit, his person - every part of him - is carried in all who knew him. 

Memorial information: For those wishing to celebrate Gavin's life with his family, a service will be held Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m., at the Walpole Unitarian Church, 14 Union St., Walpole, New Hampshire. They welcome anyone wishing to honor Gavin to join them. You may also watch the livestream at Donations to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee, one of his favorite animal charities. Gavin's love of dinosaurs extended to their modern progeny, the birds of prey. For anyone wishing to leave a story about Gavin and receive updates, go to his CaringBridge page at

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