Larry Dean Holder, age 54, of Mystic, Conn.,passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at his home.
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He was born at The Westerly Hospital in Rhode Island on the first day of July 1958 to William Percy and Mildred George Holder. Larry joined his two brothers Michael and John and lived on Stanton Street in Pawcatuck, Conn.
He graduated from Stonington High School and, in 1976, worked at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Conn. In 1987, he received his bachelor's degree from Central Connecticut State University and, in 1998, his MBA in hospitality from Johnson & Wales College in Rhode Island. Larry worked for his tribe at the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in the Museum and Research Center as a financial analyst.
Larry was an avid traveler, and at the age of 48, he decided to retire and tour the world. He was an avid rock music fan and would spend weeks in Europe attending concerts almost every night he was there. He loved life, people and running. You would see him running the streets in Mystic with his longtime friend Grace Lewis. Larry had many friends and although he was sort of shy you would always see his award-winning smile. It is that brilliant, shy smile that will always be remembered.
He was predeceased by the late Mildred (George) Holder and father William Percy Holder.
Larry is survived by his two brothers, John Holder and wife Suzan, of Stonington; Michael Holder and wife Lauren, of Mashantucket; three nieces, Stephanie Patrick and husband Brad, Kristen Holder and Kathryn Holder; four nephews, Bryan Holder, Christopher Holder, Alexander Holder and Dylan Holder; and two great nephews, Liam and Andrew Patrick.
His family will greet relatives and friends at the Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., in historic downtown Mystic on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, from 5 to 7 p.m. A graveside memorial service will be held Thursday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at Elm Grove Cemetery, 197 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, Conn.
For information, directions, or to share a message of remembrance/condolence, please visit www.dinotofuneral.com .
Published in The Westerly Sun from July 9 to July 10, 2012