David Holden was born Jan 24, 1939 and raised in Brooklyn NY, the youngest of three children, he attended Lincoln High School where he worked to get a football scholarship to Bethany College and later went on to earn a Masters at the University of Southern California. He lived in Long Beach, California where he designed radar for ships and acquired his beloved Austin Healy convertible. A New Yorker, he decided to move to Long Island to raise his family. He worked as a mortgage broker and started his own business. Living on Long Island he became interested in sailing and being part of the Thirsty Thursday races on Long Island Sound out of Knickerbocker Yacht Club in Port Washington. He was an avid skier and owned a vacation home near Mount Snow, Vermont where he spent time for many years.
David was always very active, from lifeguarding as a young man, to hitting the gym, playing tennis and jogging. He loved to go to the beach and walk on the boardwalk. He always brought his New York bagels when visiting his daughter and grandchildren and eventually moved to Newton, Massachusetts about 2 years ago to be closer to family. He quickly became a vibrant member of the Evans Park community, where he was a regular at the weekly social happy hours, making new friends and enjoying his Grey Goose. He was able to ski with his family until the age of 78!
He always made the best of every situation and had a wonderful sense of humor. He loved to socialize and tell jokes, his bright blue eyes and smile were things you could not ignore after spending some time with David. He commonly told his friends, clients and family, his doctor told him to “start with drinks and dessert” as you never know what may happen. This is something we will remember him by and will plan to hold a memorial service gathering later this summer to toast his memory.
David passed away peacefully on May, 27, 2020 after being diagnosed with cancer in April. He leaves behind a loving daughter, Lauren Greenhow and her husband, Sean Greenhow, and 2 grandchildren, Emily and Samantha. He is also survived by his elder brother Ron Rattiner, who lives with his wife in Arizona. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the Jewish Family and Children’s Service, 1430 Main Street, Waltham, Massachusetts.
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