He had a good heart.
So sorry to hear about Tom. Lots of fond memories from RT and our youth spent together.
So sorry for the sad news..
My deepest condolences!
Tom was like a brother to me and I will miss him forever.
Finally, 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.
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.
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…
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.
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. : )