Joseph M. Holland

January 29, 2007

JOSEPH M. HOLLAND – of Woburn, January 29th. Beloved husband of the late Viola M. Holland. Devoted father of Joseph and his wife Rose of Woburn, Robert and his wife Gail of Port Charlotte, FL, and Kenneth and his wife Judy of Townsend. Also survived by 9 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and his cousins Marcella Stone and Anne Holland, both of Allston. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, February 3rd at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mr. Holland’s memory to the American Lung Assn., 460 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451.

OBITUARY:

Joseph M. Holland, a resident of Woburn’s West Side for over fifty years, passed away in Ayer on Monday, January 29th, following a long illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Viola M. (Penney) Holland, who died eight years ago.

Mr. Holland was born in Boston and lived in Arlington in his early years. As a young man he was involved in sports, particularly hock4ey, baseball and football. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934 and worked as a logger in Maine. Prior to World War II he was employed by Bethlehem Steel, and later joined the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 17. He began working for MIT Lincoln Labs in 1959, and retired from there after an affiliation of twenty years.

He built his home on Woburn’s West Side in 1954, and raised his family there.

Throughout his life he delighted in attending Irish-American dances with his wife Viola. The family enjoyed many visits to Nova Scotia to visit with Mrs. Holland’s family over the years.

Later in his life, Mr. Holland took great pleasure in spending time with his grandchildren and later his great-grandchildren. He loved golfing and biking, and frequently traveled to Florida to pursue his passion for golf.

A member of St. Barbara’s Church since its beginning, Mr. Holland served as an usher there for many years. He was also a founding member of the Knights of Columbus Council 77 in Woburn.

Surviving are three sons: Joseph and his wife Rose of Woburn, Robert and his wife Gail of Port Charlotte, Florida, and Kenneth and his wife Judy of Townsend. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and his cousins Marcella Stone and Anne Holland, both of Allston.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, February 3rd at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Burial will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Mr. Holland’s memory to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451.

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  1. Papa,

    We will miss you dearly. You have certainly taught me to be strong, hard working, self sufficient and oh yes, stubborn. 🙂

    Love,
    Jill, Steven and Liam

  2. Dad,

    You provided love, shelter, guidence, and support to Mother, and us children. You worked long and hard year after year and now it is your time to rest.

    Your loving son,
    Kenny.

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