Guest Book Entries for Tom in the Dallas Morning News

It has been a year since Tom died. The Dallas Morning News keeps a Guestbook for one year. I thought this might be a good place to save it…
September 08, 2013

One of the coolest guys I have ever met.

July 15, 2013

I was very sad to learn of Tom’s passing. We were band mates in Austin, Texas in the mid 70’s. I met him in Hawaii with Mo. I became an Oakland Raiders fan through Tom.
He had a good heart.

November 19, 2012

Words can’t or won’t suffice but I’m certain he is now in the higher frequencies of light. See you there soon, my friend.
October 07, 2012

What good times we had, Tommy: skateboarding, surfing, scuba diving with your dad, even San Rafael Military Academy’s drill team. How I’ll miss you. Jack

October 02, 2012

I have such great memories of playing cards to all hours with Tom in the Kaimalolo Place home, long blond hair framing his face, beautiful smile just like Bob. Always one to help fix your car, or lend a hand to help. He loved his rock-and-roll and played with all his heart to our delight. What great times we had as kids. Aloha oe Tommy.

September 25, 2012

Karin and family-
So sorry to hear about Tom. Lots of fond memories from RT and our youth spent together.

September 20, 2012

Lots of good times laughs with a good friend. You will be missed.
Jim Reeves
September 17, 2012

I think all of us in Ras Tanura had a crush on Tommie…. he was the cutest 5th grader…
So sorry for the sad news..
September 17, 2012

Words can not justify talking about Tom, he was the rock and the mortar of the family and always the “Go To Guy”. You will be missed.

September 16, 2012

We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy. The Jenneman Family

September 16, 2012

My best,closest & longest friend. I love you man.

September 15, 2012

One of my closest friend in our younger years. If I had been Richie Cunningham, Tom would have been “The Fonz”. Always the coolest dude in the bunch. I’m glad we cross paths along the way.. Thanks Tom.. wish you.. ernie..

September 15, 2012

I am sorry to hear about the loss of a loving family member, and a good friend to many others…Tom will be missed dearly.

September 15, 2012

I am sorry for your loss, of such a fine friend to many..and a very much loved one to your family.
September 15, 2012

It’s always a shame when we lose one of our Bratlings. Back to the RT beach and the dune at Half Moon Bay. Salaam.

September 15, 2012

One of the good guys! Glad I got to see him and catch up on things a while back. Condolences Karin and all family.

September 15, 2012

One of the original Ras Tanura surfers….go in peace Tom.

September 15, 2012

My memories will never be erased. I remember his beautiful smile, his long blond hair, and laughter. I am remembering from decades ago and are still with me. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

September 15, 2012

We will miss him dearly. I love you guys.

September 14, 2012

My deepest condolences.

September 14, 2012

God Bless you all. Hold fast to your memories. Tom was an exceptional man.

September 13, 2012

Kim and Alex,
My deepest condolences!
Tom was like a brother to me and I will miss him forever.

The Saga of the Danielsons

karolin2Finally, I am posting this Saga of the Danielsons.  I have been working on this family history for a long time and the post never seemed finished to me, but I’ve decided to leave it the way it is and hopefully move on to the next thing. This is the story of where my mother’s maiden name came from down through the generations. Of course the name was not always Danielson, as there were patronymics up until the 1800s, and because there were soldiers in the line of Danielsons, their names were often changed. This will all be explained in the post. Click here to read it.


I miss him. I just want to record his obituary here. As I think back it just seems impossible that he is no longer with us. Slowly the reality keeps sinking in deeper and deeper.

Thomas Phillip Holland

January 7, 1952 – September 7, 2012

In Loving Memory of Tom Holland

We are auctioneers without words.

It was hard to decide who would speak for him, our Tom. Not because we had nothing to say, but because it was too much, too close, too dear for us. We have lost one of the great men, one of the really good guys among us. Our friend, brother, son, husband, father, uncle, and mentor.

Tom was born in San Francisco, CA, fondly remembered his childhood in Mill Valley, CA, diving and little league as an ARAMCO brat in Saudi Arabia, and honing his musical talent in beautiful Hawaii.

In the “60s and ’70s, Tom toured Europe, Hawaii and the Mainland playing rock and roll.

In the ’70s and ’80s, Tom owned an import auto garage in Dallas, where he met his wife of 28 years, Kimberly.

In the ’90s and ’00s, opportunities in the sales of surplus computer equipment led to Tom forming Felix-Holland auction company. In 12 years Tom produced over 100 auctions, with some of the largest national distributors as clients. His sun-cured beef jerky closed many deals. He was also quite the chef.

Tom’s lifelong interest in the wonders of the universe and how things work make him a priceless and invaluable asset to those he knew, and to those who knew him.

His steady hands and coordination honed during his early years as a drummer solved many of our real world problems with broken things.

Always happiest outdoors, spending time with his family, friends, and his wolf dogs, Willie and Scout.

Written by Len, Kim and Alex.

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Peter’s Pics

Our cousin Peter sent me some beautiful pictures of his travels this summer to the places that our Swedish ancestors lived. I’m so pleased that he took the time to send them from Norway via a slow internet connection. Peter, I can’t thank you enough for the pictures and all the research you’ve done. This  first series of pictures starts with the island of Ängsö. At the bottom of each post you can click to go to the next photos in the series. I hope you all enjoy this…Click HERE to start your tour.

Lobster Expedition ~ Bob Holland

Do you ever dream of a trip to the remote islands of the South Pacific? My dad, Bob Holland, did just that and in this post his words from an old log written back in 1969 come alive. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed transcribing and researching it. Just click HERE to read the post…

Axel Reinhold Danielsson

This turned out to be one of the saddest family stories yet…poverty, premature death of children and parents, poor and destitute orphans…I’m sure every family experiences hardship sometime in their history.

I want to acknowledge our cousin Peter Zetterholm in Norway here for all his help. I could not have done this without him. Thank you so much, Peter.

Grab a kleenex and click here to read about Axel Reinhold Danielsson.

Sofia Charlotta Jansdotter from Ängsö

This is the relative  that all the posts about Ängsö have been leading up to. This is my morfar’s mor or my great grandmother who was born and raised on the lovely island of Ängsö. When Sofia Charlotta married she moved away from there and then my grandfather moved to Stockholm. I don’t even know if my mother or the Swedish relatives living in Sweden knew that she came from Ängsö.  Read the post here or find it on the right column under Danielson.  And please don’t forget to comment and let me know what you think. : )


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