Richard F. “Dick” Holland, Sr.

January 10, 2019

Richard F. “Dick” Holland, Sr.
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

WWII

Richard F. Holland, Sr. – of Woburn, and Tewksbury, January 10th. Beloved husband of the late Mary E. (Stringer) Holland. Devoted father of Richard F. “Dutchie” Holland, his wife Patsy of Woburn, Ellen R. Kee, her husband Gene of Tewksbury, Tim P. Holland, his wife Louise of Essex,  Andrew G. Holland of Salem and the late Christopher and Gene Holland. Dear brother of the late Pauline Collier, Rosemary Sullivan, Ann Shaughnessy, Catherine Hart, John, George, Paul and Bobby Holland. Loving grandfather of nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, January 17th at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment in St. Patrick Cemetery, Stoneham. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 3-7 p.m.  At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Dick’s honor to The Fuller House of Stoneham, 32 Franklin St., Stoneham, MA 02180.

Richard F. “Dick” Holland, Sr. passed away Thursday, January 10th, after a brief illness.  The beloved husband of the late Mary E. Stringer Holland, he was ninety-six years of age.

Born in Medford, Dick was a son of the late Dennis and Rose (Hackett) Holland.  He was raised and educated in Malden, and a graduate of the Medford Vocational School, graduating with the Class of 1940.  While in High School, Dick belonged to the Sacred Heart Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps.  It was there that he met Mary Stringer, and began their life-long relationship, marrying in 1945.

After graduation from high school, Dick enlisted in the United States Navy, earning his flight wings at Pensacola, Florida.  During World War II, he served on the aircraft carrier Manilla Bay, in the South Pacific, flying the Avenger.

In 1945, Dick returned home as a decorated Navy Combat Pilot and married his sweetheart Mary.  Together they made their home in Malden while he continued his service in the Naval Reserve, as a pilot and flight instructor. He was also a charter member of the Norman Prince Organization Drum and Bugle Corps, where he continued his love and talent for playing the drum.

Dick began his career at General Electric, while attending New England School of Anatomy and Embalming, in Kenmore Square.  After receiving his license, he began working with his father-in-law at the Stringer Funeral Home, which was located in Wakefield.

Moving to Melrose, Dick began a new career at Quincy Cold Storage, eventually transferring to the Gloucester Division, later becoming Vice President of the operation.  He moved his family to Magnolia and became actively involved with St. Ann’s Marching Band.  The absolute highlight of this dedicated work was that the St. Ann’s Marching Band went on to the Rose Bowl Parade in California on New Years Day, 1966. 

After leaving Quincy Cold Storage, Dick and Mary moved to Rowley where they opened the Rowley Hardware and Woodworking facility, which showcased his wonderful woodworking talents and creativity.

When Dick and Mary retired, they wintered in Barefoot Bay, Florida and summered with their daughter and son-in-law, in Tewksbury, for fifteen years.  Upon leaving Barefoot Bay, Dick and Mary resided at New Horizon’s here in Woburn, until sadly, Mary passed away.

Dick returned to Tewksbury where he resided in Senior Housing on Carnation Drive until the fine age of ninety-five. And from there, he spent his final years amongst the wonderful, loving staff of the Fuller House, in Stoneham.

Devoted father of Richard F. “Dutchie” Holland, his wife Patsy of Woburn, Ellen R. Kee, her husband Gene of Tewksbury, Tim P. Holland, his wife Louise of Essex,  Andrew G. Holland of Salem and the late Christopher and Gene Holland. Dear brother of the late Pauline Collier, Rosemary Sullivan, Ann Shaughnessy, Catherine Hart, John, George, Paul and Bobby Holland. Loving grandfather of nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, January 17th at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment in St. Patrick Cemetery, Stoneham. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Dick’s honor to The Fuller House of Stoneham, 32 Franklin St., Stoneham, MA 02180.

 

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, January 17th at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment in St. Patrick Cemetery, Stoneham. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Dick’s honor to The Fuller House of Stoneham, 32 Franklin St., Stoneham, MA 02180.

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  1. Dianne Connor Carbone

    An amazing man. Such a gentleman, sweet, tough, and loving. So wonderful watching him with his grandchildren and great grandchildren with all his magic tricks. Served his country with great pride that was passed down to his children and grandchildren. A son and Four grandchildren who have worn our countries uniform with great pride that was instilled by him. an honor to have known him.
    Dianne Connor Carbone

  2. Having cared for Richard at the Fuller House was a privilege. Such a kind and mannered man. We will miss his smile and the twinkle in his blue eyes Rest well my dear friend.

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