U.S. Air Force veteran, insurance agency owner, spouse of Harvard COA coordinator
Tim Holland. (Courtesy photo)
Timothy F. Holland, 75, formerly of Ayer, died Sunday, June 21, 2020, at his home in Fitchburg.
Tim was born in Boston, June 27, 1944, a son of Timothy F. and Marguerite (McGarity) Holland, and resided in Ayer for over 30 years. He was a graduate of Christopher Columbus High School in the North End neighborhood of Boston. He continued his education at Boston College where, in 1965, he received his bachelor’s degree in English.
From 1965 to 1970 he served his country in the U.S. Air Force, including 13 months in Pakistan, attaining the rank of captain. For 24 years Tim owned and operated Markham-Priest Insurance Agency in Ayer, retiring in 2008.
Following his retirement from the insurance business, Tim operated Tim’s Transport livery service from 2011 to 2019. He was a longtime member and past president of the Ayer-Shirley Lions Club and a member of the Honorable Order of the Blue Goose, the fraternal order of insurance-related professions. He was a former member of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce and served as a past president of the Ayer Chamber of Commerce. In 2009 he was awarded The Outstanding Citizen Award by the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce. For over 10 years he served as a member of the board of trustees of the Ayer Public Library. He was a longtime ticket holder and super fan of Boston College hockey and was an avid movie buff who owned an impressive library of film noir titles.
Tim leaves his wife of 54 years, Maria (Fanale) Holland; his son, Eric Holland and his wife, Mee Lian Choo of New York City; his daughter, Amy Harrington and her husband Joseph of Groton; his brother, Michael Holland of Winthrop and his wife Ann Marie; his sister, Sheila Jones of Medford; and two grandchildren, Jack Harrington and Charlie Harrington.
Funeral services will be held by invitation only (due to COVID-19) on Monday, June 29, at the Anderson Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road (Route. 2A), Ayer. For additional information or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.andersonfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers please consider making a contribution to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.