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William Gerald Holland Obituary

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William Gerald Holland

Lindenhurst, New York

December 3, 1932 - July 9, 2024

William Gerald Holland Obituary

On Tuesday, July 9, 2024, William “Bill” Gerald Holland of West Babylon, NY, a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and uncle, passed away at the age of 91. Born to Irish immigrants, William and Alice, in Brooklyn, NY, Bill was the second of seven children. He went on to attend St. Francis Xavier Seminary Preparatory H.S. (Miramar) in Massachusetts, where he played football, competed in the hurdles, and became a skilled ice skater. He enlisted in the United States Army, serving his country as a corporal in the Korean War. Upon returning home, he studied English at St. John’s University on the G.I. Bill, and became the first person in his immediate family to graduate from college.


He met the love of his life, Kathleen Coen, at a Cresthaven Country Club dance, where he recalled, “I saw her from across the room in a red dress and I knew I had to meet her, so I asked her to dance.” Bill and Kathy got married in 1961 and kept dancing for the next 42 years of their lives. Together they raised their children in Valley Stream, took in foster children, drove around the country, walked around the neighborhood, and spent time at the beach. Throughout his life, Bill enjoyed time by, in, and on the water.


Bill worked hard as a civil servant - an assessor for the New York City Department of Finance, where he made many acquaintances and friends, including his future son-in-law Joe, and saw his daughter Alice join the Department.


In retirement, Bill had somewhat of a renaissance. He learned how to fly small aircraft and became a prolific playwright, whose work was put on throughout Manhattan across three decades. He had a masterful way of drawing from his experiences with his family and in the Korean War, while weaving in perfectly-timed moments of humor, to create poignant, thought-provoking, and sometimes extremely funny plays. Broadway World described his work as “genius,” “beautifully written,” and “incredibly unique and admirable to all playwrights ever hoping to write the next great story.” In addition to his plays, he also wrote a young adult novel, which his son Jack edited and published.


While he had a quiet demeanor and was the king of the Irish Goodbye, those who knew Bill could see the twinkle in his eye, and if you were lucky enough to sit close to him, you would be treated to his witty, dry, and wry observations and Irish sense of humor. This sense of humor naturally led to his success as a playwright and his likable aura among his large family, of whom many affectionately knew him as “Uncle Billy”.


Bill spent the latter years of his life in West Babylon, living in the downstairs apartment from his daughter Elizabeth and his grandsons Shane and Gavin, where he enjoyed spending time with his family in the backyard.


Bill is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Kathleen, his sisters Mary, Rosaleen, Sheila, and Patricia, his brother Dennis, his sisters-in-law Alice and Rita, his brothers-in-law Lou, George, Jack, Tom, Charles and Robert, his nephews Francis and Gerald, and his nieces Regina, Theresa, Katherine, Cecilia, and Jackie. He is survived by his sister Frances, his children (and their spouses) Alice (Joseph), Jack (Kimmi), Elizabeth, and Anthony, his grandchildren, including Frank (partner Lucy), Gavin, and Shane, and over two dozen nieces and nephews who all could elicit his infamous body-shaking chuckle. The family would like to acknowledge and thank all of the important people in his life, including Bob & Marion Dillon, Tami Christianson, Santos Lopez, Mark Cirnigliaro, Alexa Kelly, and Brian Richardson.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of William Gerald Holland hosted by Lindenhurst Funeral Home.

On Tuesday, July 9, 2024, William “Bill” Gerald Holland of West Babylon, NY, a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and uncle, passed away at the age of 91. Born to Irish immigrants, William and Alice, in Brooklyn, NY, Bill was the second of seven children. He went on to attend St. Francis Xavier Seminary Preparatory H.S. (Miramar) in Massachusetts, where he played football, competed in the hurdles, and became a skilled ice skater. He enlisted in the United States Army, serving his country as a corporal in the Korean War. Upon returning home, he studied English at St. John’s University on the G.I. Bill, and became the first person in his immediate family to graduate from college.


He met the love of his life, Kathleen Coen, at a Cresthaven Country Club dance, where he recalled, “I saw her from across the room in a red dress and I knew I had to meet her, so I asked her to dance.” Bill and Kathy got married in 1961 and kept dancing for the next 42 years of their lives. Together they raised their children in Valley Stream, took in foster children, drove around the country, walked around the neighborhood, and spent time at the beach. Throughout his life, Bill enjoyed time by, in, and on the water.


Bill worked hard as a civil servant - an assessor for the New York City Department of Finance, where he made many acquaintances and friends, including his future son-in-law Joe, and saw his daughter Alice join the Department.


In retirement, Bill had somewhat of a renaissance. He learned how to fly small aircraft and became a prolific playwright, whose work was put on throughout Manhattan across three decades. He had a masterful way of drawing from his experiences with his family and in the Korean War, while weaving in perfectly-timed moments of humor, to create poignant, thought-provoking, and sometimes extremely funny plays. Broadway World described his work as “genius,” “beautifully written,” and “incredibly unique and admirable to all playwrights ever hoping to write the next great story.” In addition to his plays, he also wrote a young adult novel, which his son Jack edited and published.


While he had a quiet demeanor and was the king of the Irish Goodbye, those who knew Bill could see the twinkle in his eye, and if you were lucky enough to sit close to him, you would be treated to his witty, dry, and wry observations and Irish sense of humor. This sense of humor naturally led to his success as a playwright and his likable aura among his large family, of whom many affectionately knew him as “Uncle Billy”.


Bill spent the latter years of his life in West Babylon, living in the downstairs apartment from his daughter Elizabeth and his grandsons Shane and Gavin, where he enjoyed spending time with his family in the backyard.


Bill is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Kathleen, his sisters Mary, Rosaleen, Sheila, and Patricia, his brother Dennis, his sisters-in-law Alice and Rita, his brothers-in-law Lou, George, Jack, Tom, Charles and Robert, his nephews Francis and Gerald, and his nieces Regina, Theresa, Katherine, Cecilia, and Jackie. He is survived by his sister Frances, his children (and their spouses) Alice (Joseph), Jack (Kimmi), Elizabeth, and Anthony, his grandchildren, including Frank (partner Lucy), Gavin, and Shane, and over two dozen nieces and nephews who all could elicit his infamous body-shaking chuckle. The family would like to acknowledge and thank all of the important people in his life, including Bob & Marion Dillon, Tami Christianson, Santos Lopez, Mark Cirnigliaro, Alexa Kelly, and Brian Richardson.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of William Gerald Holland hosted by Lindenhurst Funeral Home.

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