Richard J. Holt

Born: Mon., Mar. 7, 1932
Died: Thu., Nov. 29, 2012


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Dec. 02, 2012
Location: Rand-Harper-Pickering

Funeral Mass

10:30 AM Mon., Dec. 03, 2012

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WESTBOROUGH- Richard J. “Dick” Holt, 80, of Westborough, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 29, 2012.

Dick was born in Marlborough, the son of Ernest and Eva (Fortin) Holt. He received his Bachelor and Master’s of Science degrees from Boston College and he was also a PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow at Harvard, which he left to co-found Weston Geophysical Engineering, Inc. at Weston Observatory. He served as President of the Research division until 1995 when he retired. He then co-founded NDT Engineering Company where he was active as a consultant in non-destructive testing. Dick was a communicant of St. Luke the Evangelist Church.

Dick is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nita (deBairos) Holt; three sons, Peter of Salem, Matthew of Westborough and Christopher of Sacramento; three grandchildren, Matthew of Hixson, TN, Ksenia of Cambridge, and Ethan of Salem, many nieces and nephews and wonderful friends. Besides his parents he was pre-deceased by his two brothers, Ernest and Russell and his infant daughter, Nancy Louise.

His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, December 3, at 10:30 A.M. in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westborough. Burial will be private.

Calling hours at the Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough, are Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 4 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Bridge of Central Mass., 4 Mann St., Worcester, MA 01602

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Becky Buxton Latimer
   Posted Sat December 01, 2012
I would like to express my condolences to the family. This was a very special man.

Dick, ("Uncle Dickie" as I have always thought of him) was an inspiration to me from very early childhood. He always answered ALL of my thousands of questions on science and nature. His patience with me (a little child underfoot) and his clear, thoughtful explanations conveyed the excitement he had for Geophysics. He is the reason that I went into the field so many years later. "Uncle Dickie" you DID change my life and likely many more. God Bless! Becky

Roger Clapp
   Posted Sun December 02, 2012
My memory of Mr. Holt is that of a content and distinguished man. Sitting under a lamp in the comfort of a big chair, reading...always reading something, at his home in Westboro. He would look up from his book over the tops of his glasses at Mathew and I, both 17, and would inevitably start with, "Now, Mathew..."
Matt and I knew the ending to that sermon verbatim as we heard it most Saturday nights.
It is with fond memories that I know Mrs. Holt, Peter, Mathew and Christopher will fill their thoughts with and it is through faith that I know they will find their strength.

Craig Kolloff
   Posted Mon December 03, 2012
It has been my great pleasure to work with Dick and Nita on their investments for well over 30 years. Some clients become friends and this friend will be missed. I will especially miss his intellect and insite. Very few men have had the life experinces he has had. For myself and our group please accept our condolence for the loss of a very special man.

Wendy Perez
   Posted Tue January 29, 2013

I doubt you would remember me but I worked at Weston Geophysical in 1986 and knew you and Dick then. You used to make lovely cards with pressed flowers. Dick was such a wonderful person to work for, so sweet and so appreciative of us. He loved you so very much... he would share some stories of life with Nita. I am so sorry to have learned of his passing, and want you to know that in spite of all the years that have passed, I have never forgotten either one of you. God bless you and your family, Nita. Wendy Perez f/k/a Pullen

Matthew Holt
   Posted Sun November 30, 2014
i miss you dad, i'm sorry i wasn't a better son

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