SOUTH POMFRET — A graveside service for Robert J. Holden, who passed away Oct. 15, after a long struggle with heart failure, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. in the Silver Lake Cemetery in Barnard. Rev. Margaret Flad, pastor of the North Pomfret Congregational Church will officiate.
Born in Highgate on February 22, 1922, son of Mr. William Holden and Blanch (Fales) Holden, Robert lived in many areas of northwestern and as far south as Rochester as a young man.
He joined the Army and was later honorably discharged for injuries suffered in training.
He went on to work as a machinist at Cone Automatic in Windsor and later at Fellows Gearshaper in Springfield, Vermont. He often held a second job as carpenter working for C.T. Maxham, Max Boynton, and Flanders and Patch. For a time he was caretaker of the Talbot House when it was owned by MIT.
He married Georgena Conrad in 1945, and purchased the house he helped build in South Pomfret.
Robert played guitar, harmonica, and dabbled with the keyboard. He wrote poetry, songs and parodies. He was often asked to write songs for special occasions.
For a time he was a member of Teago Grange #324, and reveled in the position of Lecturer, presenting programs and participating in New England Lecturers’ Conference. Robert and Georgena were also square dancers and enjoyed traveling around the state for square dance gatherings.
Robert was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his son, Kendal, a sister-in-law, Murriel Snelling, brother and sister-in-law Harris and Sue Conrad, and many nieces and nephews, and two grandchildren: Michael Holden and Kim Moreno.
He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, William, and two sisters; Bertha Kija, and Rotha Hazzard, and his wife of 62 years, Georgena.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the VNA and Hospice and the caregivers who assisted him through his final years. Their loving care allowed him to stay in the home he so loved.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock. Condolences may be offered by visiting cabotfh.com