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Marathon Memorial Chapel
Wednesday March 31st, 2021
10:30am - 11:30am

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Mass of Christian Burial

St. Stephen's Catholic Church
Wednesday March 31st, 2021

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William F. Holland

William Francis "Bill" Holland returned to the Lord on March 24, 2021.  We are deeply grateful for our wonderful family, friends and community for the support and laughs that greatly comforted Bill.

Born April 13, 1949 in Hancock, NY to John and Lois (Williams) Holland, Bill graduated from Susquehanna Community High School in 1967.  He served his country as a sergeant in the Air Force from 1968 to 1972 prior to focusing on his passion as a dairy farmer.  Bill began his career in farming in Thompson and then Pleasant Mount, PA.  In 1981 he started farming in Marathon, NY.  Bill was a member of St. Stephen’s Church and Tractors of Yesteryears.     

Bill loved working the land, hunting, and watching his kids and grandkids play sports alongside his high school sweetheart and love of his life, wife Sandra L. (Collins).  Bill leaves behind his sons William (Kathleen) and James (Rose Ann), and daughter Rebecca (Michael New).  Known as Papa, “Buddies Forever,” he was idolized by his grandchildren:  Daniel and Olivia (Bill and Kathy); Eilie and Conor (Jim and Rose Ann); Cassandra, Annabelle, Savoy, Parker and Francis (Rebecca and Mike). 

He is also survived by his mother, Lois Sanford; brother Steve and wife Fawn Holland; sister Kathy and husband Jim Woodmansee; sister Susan and husband Wayne McCormick;  and Jude Todd (brother Jack Holland predeceased in 2017); Linda Collins and Donna Byrne; Marguerite (Collins) and John Byrne; Tom and Barbara Collins.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Marathon, NY, on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. with Reverend Paul Alciati, celebrant.  Burial will be in Marathon Cemetery at a later date.  The family will be present to receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Bill’s memory to a charity of your choice: to the Marathon Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 131, Marathon, NY 13803, or to the Marathon Central School Scholarship Fund, 24 Albro Road, Marathon, NY 13803.

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I am sorry to hear Bill passed away. I remember him and Dad holding court out in the driveway for hours talking about farming. The digs back and forth were priceless.

Mark Hunt Mar 29 2021 12:00 AM

We wish to extend our sincerest sympathy to Sandy, Bill Jr., Jim, Becky and the entire Holland family on Bill senior's passing. For some forty years we grew to know Bill as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, as well as, a wonderful neighbor. While farming is an all-consuming career, Bill was always willing to lend a hand to others whenever the need arose. We also learned that Bill seemed the happiest when he could share the yield of his garden or update us on his children and grandchildren. Bill will be deeply missed.

Marie and Michael Joseph, Jr. Mar 28 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Bill was a great friend to many. He will be missed. -Dianna (Power) Stanton

Dianna Power Stanton Mar 28 2021 12:00 AM

Steve Holland and Family: I was so sorry to learn of your Brother's passing. I know you were very close and please accept my sincerest condolences and best wishes.

Ben Gardiner Mar 28 2021 12:00 AM

"Mr. Bill" is what our grandkids called him when he worked for the Town of Lapeer. A man with a marvelous smile is how we shall remember him. Our hearts go out to Sandy and the family and we are thinking of you at this very hard time. Skip has a doctor's appointment the day of the service but would like to attend the cemetery service if it will be open to all. Cliff and Ginny Glezen

Cliff & Ginny Glezen Mar 27 2021 12:00 AM

Billy and the family lived across the street from us in starrucca and the kids were all playing with the gang. We had a wonderful town life with kids from 5 to 18 playing all kinds of games

Larene barton Mar 26 2021 12:00 AM

Please accept our sincerest sympathies. Although we did not know Bill, we do know his sister Kathy. What can you say when a loved one passes? He is with God and the ones left to suffer are those behind. We are so sorry for your loss. Mike and Jean Kosko

Jean Kosko Mar 26 2021 12:00 AM

I saw Bill a few years ago at the Harford Fair pulling his tractor. I told him how much I admired him for becoming a farmer without inheriting one. I also wanted to become a dairy farmer but did not even try. To accomplish what he did when established paid for operations were going out of business left and right was amazing. I used to stay overnight with him on the farm in Starucca. The Williams farm I think. It pleased him when I told him of my respect because he knew that I was someone who could know what he had accomplished. He even told me of some of his struggles.He left the world a better place than he found it.

Ed Criddle Mar 26 2021 12:00 AM