Gilmer G. Holland Jr.

Published 10:16 pm Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Gil Holland received his last call on Friday, June 7, 2019. It was the sort of call you can’t refuse. It was a call from which he won’t be returning. Gil would like you to know his work here is done. The call is a reunion with his parents and friends that have gone before him.

Gilmer G. (“GG”) Holland Jr. of Sagamore Hills, Ohio, peacefully passed away on Friday, June 7, 2019. He was born on Aug. 22, 1932, in Holland. He was the son of the late Dr. Gilmer G. and Grace Holland (Bailey). Gil is survived by his loving wife, Marianne Holland (Allen), to whom he was married for 61 years, and his devoted sister, Jane Prince (Holland). Also surviving are his daughters, Rebecca, Elizabeth Holland-Koch; his son, Gil; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Gil honored his country as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and served in the Korean War. He graduated from Virginia Tech (VPI), where he met Marianne, in 1953. He retired from Harshaw Chemical, Nordonia Hill School District and as a welcoming greeter at Chick-fil-A in Macedonia. Gil attended the United Methodist Church of Macedonia. He loved baseball, tending to his garden and was known as “The Bird Man of Sagamore Hills.” Most importantly, he loved spending time with his loving family.

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Please join his family for a celebration of life and visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Ferfolia Funeral Home. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, at United Methodist Church of Macedonia, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. immediately before the service.

The family would like to thank American House/Vista Springs in Macedonia and The Hospice of the Western Reserve in Medina for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 8667 Shephard Road, Macedonia, OH 44056 or United Methodist Church of Macedonia, 1280 East Aurora Road, Macedonia, OH 44056.