Fred L. Hollis, 89
Marlborough – Fred L. Hollis, 89, died Tuesday May 19, 2009, at Marlborough Hospital after an illness.
He leaves his wife of 68 years, Ann E. Betty (Robbins) Hollis, and his children, Beverly A. Fiske; Fred L. Hollis Jr. and his wife, Carol; Linda A. Bryant and her husband, Bruce; James E. Hollis; Gary A. Hollis and his wife, Cindy; and Ellen L. Hollis and her companion, Bohdan Klucznyk. He also leaves his sister, Helen Powers; his sister-in-law, Selma M. Hollis; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and his former daughter-in-laws, Ann Marie Hollis and Brenda Hollis Calder. He was the father of the late Donald B. Hollis, who died in 2000, and brother of the late Alton Hollis, Dick Hollis and Phelma Guilbert.
Born in Randolph, the son of the late George M. and Edna (Rhodes) Hollis, he had lived in Marlborough for most of his life and was a graduate of Brockton High School. Before he joined the U.S. Army, he was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps of Mass and helped build the Waterbury Dam, which was a flood control project over the Winooski River in Vermont. He then served in the U.S. Army with Co. B 1277th Engineer Combat Battalion in Normandy, N. France, Rhineland, central Europe and the European African Eastern Theater, and his unit joined forces with Gen. Patton's third Army at St. Lo.
Mr. Hollis worked for over 50 years at the former Diamond Shoe Co. in Marlborough as supervisor of the maintenance department. Previously, he worked at the Hingham Shipyard. He was a member of the First Church in Marlborough (Congregational), as well as a former Cub Scout Master of Pack 38 of Marlborough, which met at the Freeman School. In addition, he was a member of the American Legion and the Happy Hollow Club, as well as a former Secretary, Treasurer and member of the Marlborough Eagles. He was an avid gardener and horseshoe player, and often hosted the Happy Hollow Horseshoe League at his home.
Funeral services were held May 22 from the First Church in Marlborough (Congregational), followed by burial with military honors at Evergreen Cemetery, Marlborough. The John P. Rowe Funeral Home of Marlborough assisted with arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Marlborough Eagles Diabetes Fund, c/o James Hollis, 56 Florence St., Marlborough, MA 01752.
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