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Mr. Raymond Holland

October 7, 1929 — April 30, 2023

United States Army Veteran

CHESHIRE – Mr. Raymond Francis Holland, age 93, of Cheshire, CT, formerly of Waterbury and Woodbury, passed away on April 30, 2023, following a brief illness. He was the loving husband of Ruth (Warner) Holland for 66 wonderful years.

Ray was born on October 7, 1929, the son of the late William and Caroline (Gambola) Holland. He attended St. Thomas Grammar School and graduated from Crosby High School, class of 1944. After graduating, Ray proudly served his country in the US Army, stationed in Germany. Upon his return, he enrolled at UCONN on the GI bill and studied Mechanical Engineering. He met his future wife there and later graduated from the University of Hartford in 1964. Ray worked at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft for several years and then, along with three coworkers, started a very successful business, Lectro Engineering, located in Bristol, CT. Ray was an extremely ambitious man who worked all his life, starting in grammar school as a paper boy in downtown Waterbury. He was very handy and could fix, repair, and make anything. He enjoyed reading all kinds of books, especially historical books, and never missed a UCONN men’s or women’s basketball game. Ray was most happy when spending time with his family and enjoyed family camping and hiking trips to the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. After retirement, Ray and Ruth traveled extensively. Their trips included Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, Switzerland, Alaska and several trips across the beautiful United States, including our National Parks. Ray also delivered Meals on Wheels in Woodbury and was a devout and lifelong Catholic happily volunteering as a church usher in Woodbury. Ray will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know and love him.

To honor his legacy and cherish his memories, Ray leaves behind his wife, Ruth, three sons, Gary and Jacqueline (McGourty) of Snohomish, WA, Glenn and Kathleen of Cheshire, and Peter and Roseanne of West Hartford. He also leaves two grandchildren, Quinn and Kyle McGourty-Holland, and many cherished nieces and nephews. Ray was predeceased by four brothers, William, Charles, Robert, and Fred, and two sisters, Gladys Lamy and Marion Holland.

The Holland family would like to thank the staff of The Orchards at Southington for the excellent care and support they provided to Ray and his family. The family would also like to thank Trinity Terraces in Watertown and The Summit at Plantsville.

Funeral Services for Mr. Holland will be held on Monday, May 8, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Bridget’s Church, 175 Main Street, Cheshire. Those planning to attend are asked to meet directly at the church. There are no calling hours. Donations to Carolyn’s Place, 137 Grandview Ave., Waterbury, CT 06708, in Ray’s memory would be greatly appreciated by the Holland family. Casey’s Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 1987 East Main Street, Waterbury, is honored to be assisting the Holland family during this difficult time and would encourage you to take a moment to offer a message of condolence, words of comfort, or share a memory with the family. Please visit the funeral home’s tribute page at www.caseyfunerals.com to do so.
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