James Edward Holland

James Edward Holland

James Edward Holland died peacefully October 20, 2012.

Born in Lansing, Michigan on December 31, 1925 to Martin and Esther Holland, Jim served in the U.S. Navy from November, 1943 through June, 1947 and then on recall duty from April, 1951 to April 1953. He was also a navy reservist, retiring as Lt. Commander in December, 1985. He earned a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of Michigan in 1948 and went to work at the U.S. Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C. In 1953 he spent five months bicycling through Europe before he went to work for Leeds & Northrup in Philadelphia. It is through the American Youth Hostel Assoc. in Philadelphia that he met Trudy Haller who he married on October 9, 1954.

Jim and Trudy moved to Wilmington Delaware in 1955 where Jim worked for DuPont Chambers Works as an instrument engineer until his retirement in 1984.

He was an active member of St. Helena's Parish for 57 years and also volunteered his time to Birthright, the Delaware Institute of Art Education and the New Castle County Irish Society. He possessed great enthusiasm for history, Irish dancing, and traveling. In recent years he dedicated his life to caring for his wife of 58 years.

Jim is survived by his wife, Trudy of Bellefonte, his children, Andrea Holland (Jim Sears) of Glenwood Springs, CO, Brennan Holland (Penny) of Shaftsbury, VT, Claire LeClair (John) of Anchorage, AK, brother Tom Holland (Sabina), and two grandchildren.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Helena's at 10 am October 31 followed by a reception at the Masci Hall. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to St. Helena's Church or to the .


Funeral Home

Brandywine Valley Funeral Care
412 Philadelphia Pike Wilmington, DE 19809
(302) 764-2900

Published in The News Journal from Oct. 27 to Oct. 29, 2012