Linwood Holdridge, known for work in arts, passes

Staff report

Linwood “Lin” Holdridge, a retired teacher known for his contributions to the arts, passed away Dec. 18 at the age of 71.

Linwood Holdridge

According to his family and friends, he courageously battled COVID-19. They thanked the COVID Intensive Care Unit at Ochsner Medical Center on Jefferson Highway for its care and support.

A longtime resident of Gonzales and native of Burnside, Holdridge lived in Metairie following his retirement.

A member of the first graduating class of East Ascension High School, he went on to earn his degree at Southeastern Louisiana University. He then returned to East Ascension, where he served as a drama and speech teacher.

Holdridge worked at Disney World in Florida over breaks in the school year, and was involved in many plays and shows.

As a beloved teacher, his classroom was known as “an open door for all students who may be different or alone or in need of a safe place where they would not be judged,” as his obituary stated.

Holdridge participated in Baton Rouge Little Theatre, and was an organizer of the first Gonzales Little Theatre. He directed many plays, and was active up until recently with the Ascension Community Theatre.

He established the Jambalaya Generation Singers, who would perform at festivals and various events. Notably, he worked on the firework display for the City of Gonzales’ 75th Anniversary Spectacular.

A burial mass at St. Theresa of Avila in Gonzales was scheduled for Dec. 23. A private burial at Hope Haven Cemetery was set to follow.

In his obituary, his family asked to remember him privately with a toast, a song, or a dance.

“Remember his spirit by engaging in the arts and spreading his goodwill,” they said.

Donations may be made in his name to the Ascension Community Theatre.