In Memory

David Holt

David Holt

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07/22/18 05:43 PM #1    

Robert Condon

Dave was a good friend throughout my high school years.  We spent a good deal of time enjoying the practical aspects of chemistry, riding in his family jeep out to the beach at Nahant and exploring the durability of his car's standard transmission by shifting gears without using the clutch.

 His Mom was a very understanding person, who had ample opportunity to put us all in jail for some of our escapades.  I will miss him


07/23/18 08:42 AM #2    

Clarke Thompson

I remember homemade bottle rockets in the Center School yard (cardboard tubes from pants hangers packed with slatpeter and sugar, taped to soda straws with lady finger firecrackers; ingenious!) and David driving his homemade motorbike (24" frame, 20" wheels, Briggs and Stratton engine and insufficient brakes) into a wall at the end of Arlington St. I think he broke both arms.

Tragedy seemed to stalk this family but I do recall that his mom Harriet was a very classy lady. I attended Dave's internment at Forest Hill and remember how touched she was to see me and how she was a tower of strength in spite of her pain. She had too much practice at grief.

07/23/18 07:38 PM #3    

Maureen Ginty (Lonsdale)

I have known the family for many years. Had many good times at thier Lynnfield home and up skiing with them in Waterville Valley. David loved practical jokes and had a sence of humor.He and his brother Marc played several on me at their house in Waterville Valley, New Hapshire. David and friends were at the first reunion, he joined my husband Ross and I. Harriet is indeed a very brave lady having many losses in the family. I have very fond memories of David & the Holt family. 


07/24/18 05:17 PM #4    

Nancy Markham (Markham Bugbee)

Dear friends,  i somehow missed the notice of David ‘s passing.  When and how did we lose him?  Gratefully, Nancy 


08/02/18 09:05 AM #5    

Clarke Thompson

Just to answer the question of "when?" I found Dave's stone at Forest Hill. He died November 11, 1997.


08/03/18 12:10 PM #6    

Robert Condon

Thanks Clark for the information about David.  Seems some folks fade away without a trace with little recognition, because friends move on and away from where they experienced the best times of their youth.

08/03/18 12:31 PM #7    

Nancy Markham (Markham Bugbee)

Thank you, Clarke. David was so young 😞

08/21/19 11:03 AM #8    

Don Jay

David was a great friend of mine during our school years. Yes we did build a lot of bottle rockets from salt peter and sulfa we used to buy at the local pharmacy. lol

We also spent winters skiing up in the old Water Ville Valley, We would always stay at the Holts cottage with the Savage family. There was Snows Inn and a tiny mountain with a T-Bar and a rope tow, Waterville Valley had not been built



Donny Jay

08/22/19 08:00 AM #9    

Cynthia Wills (Harriman)

I remember Dave fondly too: Making and bottling root beer in his basement (lots of bottles exploded); blasting The Doors' greatest hits from the back door of the Holt's cabin at Waterville after a long day of skiing Snow's Mountain (in the days before the Inn burned down in 1967); the flavor of sen-sen; riding bikes to Lynnfield High in the days when riding bikes was decidedly uncool. But then, that was the decidedly cool thing about Dave: he did his own Dave thing, without any evident concern for what was or wasn't cool.  Rest in peace, my brother Dave.

I found this old trail map of Snow's Mountain. Imagine: Adult lift tickets $4.50 a day!



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