In Memoriam : William Holman
William George Holman - age: 80
(May 22, 1937 to November 11, 2017)
Memorial Mass Saturday, December 2, 2017, 11:00 AM at Nativity Catholic Church followed by Military Honors by the Marine Corp.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Chaminade-Madonna Tuition Assistance Program, 500 E. Chaminade Drive, Hollywood, FL 33021 or Nativity Foundation, 5200 Johnson Street, Hollywood, FL 33021 or the Marine Corp. Toys for Tots program in Memory of William G. Holman at www.toysfortots.org
William George Holman, 80, of Hollywood, FL, born May 22, 1937 from Ft. Thomas, KY, passed away November 11, 2017.
William “Bill” attended St. Thomas High School in Ft. Thomas, KY where he was a star basketball player, elected class president and crowned the Snow Ball King in 1955. After graduating college at University of Cincinnati in 1960, Bill joined the Marines as a reservist in Parris Island, SC. Known as a “looker”, one of the hallmarks of his military service was to escort Miss North Carolina during her bid for Miss America, in full dress blues. Bill was honorably discharged as an E5 Sergeant after eight years of service and remained a lifelong loyal Marine and patriot.
Bill began his career as a Buyer and Operations Manager with Federated Department Stores in Cincinnati, Ohio at Shillito’s. An early adopter of technology with a sharp mind, Bill was recruited by IBM to develop and install SABRE systems at Federated. Bill relocated his young family from Cincinnati to Hollywood, FL in 1970 and continued his career in technology at IBM, Honeywell, and the Burger King Corporation. Bill concluded his career at Racal Corp. as a Director of Marketing and Product Development. A lifelong tinkerer and handy man, Bill in his post-retirement years worked for the Broward County Parks and Port Everglades.
Bill’s spirit of generosity extended to others as an active parishioner and usher at Nativity Catholic Church. Bill also served as a volunteer leader for the Girl Scouts and CYO. He was renowned for his fundraising prowess in the turkey booth during the annual Nativity Bazaar.
Bill was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed boating and fishing with friends and relatives. He loved catching small fish with big fish stories. Bill’s other favorite hobbies were carpentry, including building a wooden speedboat with his father, cooking, especially breakfast and barbecue, and restoring his beloved 1967 Barracuda.
Bill’s greatest source of pride and enjoyment in life was to be surrounded his family. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Virginia, sons William and James (Tiffani), daughters Virginia Grant, Kathryn (James) Fantozzi, MaryLynne Holman (Christopher) Pappano and Elizabeth Anne Holman, brother Edward, sisters Margaret (Ralph) Quitter and Mary (Charles) Nau, grandchildren Jennifer Kirkus, Victoria, Alexandra and Andrew Grant, Michael and Danielle Saxe, Zachary and Cameron Holman.
Karl Sexton - November 18, 2017 Contact this person
My deepest condolences to the Holman family on Bill’s passing. It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen any of you. But I do have fond memories of those breakfasts he used to cook! A strong and generous man was he. Always remember the good times. Sincerely,
Miguel Chedrauy - November 19, 2017 Contact this person
I will miss my conversations with Mr Bill. My nickname for him was “big guy” he always showed interest about my family and my job. He loved his family and was always cooking something in the kitchen. Rest In Peace big guy we will miss you!
Glenn Wiltshire - November 26, 2017 Contact this person
Our thoughts and prayers to the Holman family as they grieve Bill's passing. I had the pleasure of working with Bill as one of our employees at Port Everglades. He was always ready to do what was needed to get the job done, and we missed him after he retired. May he rest in peace.
Paul Sexton - December 2, 2017 Contact this person
Lots of memories come flooding back When I think of growing up on Fillmore st. in Hollywood during the seventies. Mr. Holman is one of the constants. Whether it was going fishing in the Everglades, baseball at Rotary Park or running in and out of his house with his children who were my best friends, he was always extremely generous and thoughtful. My sincerest condolences to my friends, the Holman Family. R I P Mr. Holman.