Thomas K. Holland
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Thomas Keating Holland died peacefully on May 5, 2013.
Tom was born in Lansing, Michigan on July 29, 1924, to Martin and Esther Holland. He served in the U.S. Army from June, 1943 to April, 1946, on duty in the European Theater of Operations with the 3118th Signal Service Group. His unit was assigned to General Eisenhower's Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force and was present at the German surrender and in Nuremberg during the trials. After the war, he attended the University of Michigan, where he played football on the university's 150-pound team. In 1949 he spent several months bicycling through Europe. Tom earned a B.Sc. in 1949 and an M.Sc. in 1950. He then moved to Wilmington to take a job with duPont and spent most of his career at the Chambers Works facility, traveling to Nigeria, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Sweden for the company. Tom retired from duPont in 1985.
Tom married Sabina V. Truskowski in 1956, and they moved immediately to a house in Indian Field, where he lived for over 56 years. They raised three children in that house; a fourth, Martin Walter, died in infancy. He was an active member of Holy Rosary Parish and involved in many civic activities such as being a delegate to several state Republican conventions and as a trusted campaign official for several local candidates. After his retirement, Tom worked at the Better Business Bureau and volunteered for the Darley Society, Friends of the Claymont Library, and other local organizations. Those who knew Tom will always remember his integrity, his intellectual curiosity, and his great love of life and family.
Tom is survived by his children, Thomas Keating Holland, Jr. (Maryann Haggerty) of Washington, D.C., Sabina Holland (Gregory Price) of Morristown, N.J., and Hillary Holland of Kennett Square, Pa., as well as two grandchildren, T. Keating Davis and Aldys C. Davis. A third grandchild, Andrew B. Davis, died in infancy. Tom was preceded in death by his wife Sabina, who died in December, 2012, and by both of his brothers, James and Martin, and a sister, Cynthia, who died in childhood. Tom will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 13th at 10:30 am at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church, 10 Old Church Rd., Greenville, DE. Family and friends may visit on Monday from 9:00 to 10:00am at the Doherty Funeral Home, 1900 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, DE. Burial will be in St. Joseph on the Brandywine Cemetery.
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Published in The News Journal from May 8 to May 12, 2013