Holman, Richard

October 23rd, 2009

holman-richardRichard A. Holman, age 65, of Wilmington, died peacefully, Friday, October 23, 2009, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading, with his family at his side.

Born on February 3, 1944, in Melrose, MA, Richard was the dear son of the late Robert and Cecile (Fredette) Holman. Richard is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Angela (Penta) Holman of Wilmington, he was the devoted father of Robert S. Holman & his wife Christine of Burlington and Debbie C. Marchese & her husband Victor of Wilmington, loving “Grampy” of Evan & Elise Holman and “Manty” of Celia Marchese, dear brother of Frances Vincent of Granby, CT and Marion Rector of Thomaston, ME.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 11:00am at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington.

Donations in Richard’s name may be made to Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading  MA 01867.


21 Entries in Guest Book for “Holman, Richard”

  1. Mr and Mrs James Sheehan says:

    Dear Angela, Robert and Debbie,

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss. It is never easy to say goodbye to a loved one. Please know you are not alone in your grieving process. As dear friends of Debbie and her family we are here if you need us. Our thought and prayers are with all of you and may Richard finally rest in peace.

    Jay and Ellen Sheehan

  2. Buster and Joyce Williamson says:

    To Angela and the family of our long time friend, Dick. We are so deeply saddened to have learned of Dick’s passing. We will miss him reminding
    us of the “good old days” and the laughter it brought, especially from him.
    Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    With our love and sympathy,

    Buster and Joyce

  3. Debbie Holman Marchese says:

    Dad… are my hero and my best friend. You fought such an amazing fight and I am so proud of you Daddy!!! You are free from pain now and you are able to be with your family that you have missed for so long. My whole life I have heard “you are just like your Dad” and I take that as such a compliment. There was not a single person that you have met that didnt instantly take your charm. I will always be your baby girl…….and this is not good-bye…this is see you later!!!!!!!! I love you so much!!!!!.

  4. robert and barbara howe unitt2208 at whispering pines says:

    dear angela, we just heard this morning, sunday, oct. 25, about the passing away of your husband. we want to send our sincere sympathy to you and your family in your loss. sincerely, in friendship and understanding, mr. and mrs. robert howe

  5. Mark and Kathy Closson says:

    Dear Debbie – We were very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. As your neighbors, we have fond memories of seeing your Dad and Mom enjoying time with you, Vic and Celia in the backyard! Please let us know if you or your Mom need anything, your family is in our thoughts.

    Warmly, Mark and Kathy Closson



  7. Mary Madden says:

    Angie, Debbie, Bobby and family,
    Dick put up a good fight, he wasn’t willing to give up on himself or his family! He was very strong and determined and now I hope that you can follow his example and be strong for yourselves and each other. We were all blessed to have Dick in our lives and all of the wonderful memories will comfort each of us during this very difficult time. As Debbie said, this is not goodbye it is so long for now….


  8. The Fusco Family says:

    To the Holman and Marchese family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all through this hard and difficult time. I miss the days when you lived on Marcia Rd. and the house would be pit stop for the girls when Debbie, I and the girls took our walk that would take 3 hours. Debbie, your dad, always made me smile, with this stories and the way he always tried to get shy Samantha to speak. My children never got to meet their grandfathers as both has passed but they truly loved Manty his loving name that Celia gave him. Maybe he will pick up golfing with my dad sometime soon up there.

    Maggie, Rob, Samantha and Madison (Max too)

  9. Kathy,Sean and Marce says:

    Dear Sweet Angela,Vic,Deb, Bobby and Family, My Heart is so sad for your loss. My prayers are with the family. I will remember all the good times we had out in your back yard with the dogs. So many memories that no one can take from us. Love you all, Call if you need anything.
    Kathy Murphy

  10. Michael & Carole Vincent says:

    Dear Angela and family,

    Although we live far away and only saw you folks occasionally, what struck us most about Dick is that he was always very gracious and in good humor. We know of the difficult time he was going through having a close relative pass of the same disease just about the same time last year.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all through this most difficult time.
    With our love and sympathy,
    Mike & Carole Vincent & Family

  11. The Beck Family says:

    To the Holman and Marchese Family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. If there is anything we can do please let us know. We are only a few houses away and can be there in a flash as you already know. Love to you all!!


    Theresa, Bobby, Victoria and Heather

  12. The Bourrell Family says:

    Debbie Marchese and Family,

    We are very sorry for your loss,our thought and prayes are with you and your family. Your dad is now at rest.In deepest sympothy.

    The Bourrell Family

  13. Janet Sjostedt says:

    Deb and Family, I was so sad to her about your dad. I know how much he meant to you. Time will heal your broken heart. Peace to everyone.

    Janet Sjostedt

  14. Hope Stamps says:

    Dear Mrs. Holman, Bobbie, and Debbie,

    Sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. You will have tons of great memories to share with each other over the years and what a great reunion it will be when you all meet up “there” later.

    Hope, Eurie, Quinn, and Shannon Stamps

  15. The McCarron Family says:

    Debbie, Angie and Bobby;
    My heart is breaking at the loss of such a wonderful man. He was such a great Dad; always trying to do whatever he had to do for his family. (even if that meant taking a job in Connecticut for a while!). He was such a great Grampy/Manty to all the kids, always taking an interest in what they loved; taking the time to play with them, talk to them, and just be there for them. I will always remember his voice, whenever he saw me, saying “Hi Sher!” or “Hows my little Sheryl doing?” (he and Debs Grandmother insisted that my name was Sheryl, not Sherry!). So many good memories to think about. The world is definitely not the same without his smiling face in it. You just couldn’t be around him and be in a bad mood! He was always smiling, always telling stories, and always took an interest in everyone elses lives and their stories as well. May you all remember all the good times, and try not to dwell on the bad. He is with his Mom and Dad now, and I am sure they are so happy to be all together. Kevin is jealous because he is sure he has found Dale Earnhart and is swapping racing stories with him! May you find the strength and courage to get through this difficult time. Be strong, help each other, and call on good friends whenever you need us. We are ALWAYS here for all of you! Love you all!
    Sherry, Kevin, Olivia, KJ and Mia

  16. Peggy Chaisson says:

    I met Dick and his wonderful family through his love of German Shepherd dogs. Always the gentleman, he loved to talk about his dogs and his family. My deepest sympathy to the Holman & Marchese families, he’ll truly be missed. Love, Peggy

  17. Jean Ryle says:

    It was a pleasure knowing and caring for Dick . Even in the face of adversity, he was always upbeat and positive. The world is indeed a darker place without his shining smile. My condolences on your loss. My thoughts are with all of you.

  18. Kathy,Sean and Marce says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all, I was so sad to hear of Dicks Passing. I will always have the times we spent out in your backyard with the dogs. Yelling up to the window while he was on the computer. I will miss him so much. Love Kathy

  19. Wayne Huber says:

    Aunty, Debbie & Bobby

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Uncle Dick was a very special man in my life and he has taught me so much. As we heal, let us remember all the happy memories we have shared with him. Uncle Dick will be missed dearly.

    Love, Wayne

  20. Kristen Pemberton says:

    Dear Debbie, Your father was such an extraordinary person who touched so many of those whom he came in contact with. He will be greatly missed and I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  21. Mickey Zahlaway says:

    My Friend Dickie,
    The first time I met Dickie was when he had started a model car business in part of a gas station at the end of my street. I think it was the summer of 1962.Along with the gas station there were a number of small stores. One being a pizza place known as “Mario’s” where , like in “Happy Days”, kids with cars hung out. I think I was around 14 years old, not old enough to drive yet but looking forward to that day. Always the promoter, Dickie was having a contest to see who could build the best looking hot rod from the models he was selling. You had to buy one of his models to enter the contest. I entered but I don’t think I won. Dickie had a number of “cool” cars during his teen years and at that time I think it was a black 1952 Chevy with a sun visor and louvers in the hood. I was duly impressed. As I got older we became friends along with the fact that I already knew Angela, who’s family came to the neighborhood for the summer and eventually moved there full time. Dick and I have been friends ever since. I have been trying to think of what to say regarding my best pal Dickie on this saddest of sad days. I guess what would best describe Dick would be the word “excess”. Dickie grabbed life and all it’s excesses. He was an excessive optimist, always looking at the glass as half full. He was excessive in his love of family, friends, dogs and country music. He was excessive in his work ethic AND in his relax ethic. In the military a person who comes up through the ranks is called a “Mustanger”. They are usually well respected by both their contemporaries and their subordinates because they have earned their position by walking the walk and not just talking the talk. Dick was a Mustanger. I convinced Dickie to take his GED while he was working at Woody’s gas station. From then on he excelled , through hard work and went on to have a successful career at a number of the major companies culminating with being in charge of training at Prime Computer. Teaching also gave Dick another thing he enjoyed , travel. Dickie being Dickie inspired his team, but in unconventional ways. They always met their mark led by Dick’s non- coercive managerial style. Whether he was behind the parts counter at Reading Auto parts or running a corporate department he related to all with respect and friendliness. I have so many things I would like to say, over forty years of memories. But for now I’ll just say I’ll miss my friend. We didn’t have to see each other all the time but when we got together we would pick up where we left off. When you lose a friend that you have known for so long you lose some of yourself. Who am I going to listen to country and western music with now, or reminiscence with about Mario’s or talk about our escapades at some country bar, or spending the night stuck in the snow in his Pontiac Grand Pre with “Hobo”. It is with the heaviest of hearts that I put all these thoughts down knowing I won’t be seeing Dickie again in this life. Goodbye old buddy see you on the other side.
    Love, Mickey

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