John S. Holland

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SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass. - John S. Holland, 85, of South Yarmouth, died at EPOCH of Harwich Hospice in Harwich, on Jan. 15, 2014.

He was born on April 24, 1928, in Boston.

He was the son of the late Daniel J. and Katherine E. Holland. Raised in Jamaica Plain, he graduated from Boston Latin School, the Maryknoll Seminary, AB, 1943, and graduated, magna cum laude, from Boston College Law School in 1960. John served as a lieutenant in the Navy during the Korean War from 1952 to 1955.

John was a longterm resident of Bedford, N.H., and practiced law as a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association from 1960-1997. Throughout his entire legal career he practiced at Devine, Millimet & Branch, P.A.: where he served as managing partner from 1977-1987. During his legal career, he served as a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Council. John also served as chairman of the New Hampshire State Board of Education from 1979-1983, counsel to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and trustee of St. Anselm College from 1987-2001. He also served as a New Hampshire delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1968 and 1972.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patricia O. Holland of South Yarmouth; his sisters, Ann Holland of Needham and Eileen Sullivan of Wellesley; and brother, Vincent Holland of East Norrington, Pa. He was predeceased by his brothers, Daniel G. Holland and Francis J. Holland and a sister, Rita M. Keefe.

John is also survived by his five children, Maria Holland Law of Manchester, N.H., Christian Holland of Great Barrington, Martha Holland of Londonderry, N.H., Anne Myers and husband Joseph of Bethesda, Md., and Anthony Holland of Richmond, Va., and five grandchildren.

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SERVICES: A Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at 10 a.m. at The Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity on the campus of Boston College Law School, 885 Centre St., in Newton, Mass.

Memorial donations may be made to the VNA of Cape Cod Hospice, 434 Route 134, South Dennis, MA 02660.


Published in Union Leader on Jan. 30, 2014
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