James E. Holden

James E. Holden - Rochester, NY - Rochester Cremation

Rochester, NY:  March 28, 2021 at Age 96

James is predeceased by his beloved wife Marion. He is survived by sons: Michael (David Merritt), Craig (Angela); Mark (Terry); Jim (Sharon) and by his daughter Wendy (Chris) Pettine. He was blessed with 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Jim had a long career in Rochester with ITEK Corp. (formerly Photostat Co.). After retiring he found the musical stage; singing and dancing with many Rochester performing arts groups that put on fundraising shows for local schools and organizations. He lived his last 10 years at The Villages at Unity where he was a beloved member of the chorus. Jim had a life-long love of singing, was a skilled artist, and a trained drum player.

Jim was a proud Army veteran, having served his country with distinction during World War II. He was a member of Merrill’s Marauders, who were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and also the Congressional Gold Medal. In addition, Jim was a recipient of the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

If so interested, donations can be made to Honor Flight Rochester in Jim’s memory.

A  “Celebration of life” Inurnment, Thursday, July 22nd at 10 am, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Lake Avenue Entrance,St Francis Columbarium.  Alternate calling hours will be held on Thursday, July 22nd 6-8pm at Thomas Grasso Lodge, Greece Canal Park.

10 Condolences

  1. Marty (Sold) McVay on April 2, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    I’m so sorry to read of your dad’s passing. I hope that we can re-connect in July.

    • Michael on April 7, 2021 at 2:37 pm

      That would be so nice, it’s been forever. We’ve changed date so please check back. It will be posted later. Hi to your family.

  2. Joe Morrissey on April 3, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing, Working with him at Itek was a joy. He was a beautiful man.

  3. Karen DeRoo Azzolina on April 3, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Dear Holden Family , sorry to read of your dad’s passing . My parents always enjoyed their visits together . I can only imagine they are having a big family reunion in Heaven ! My deepest sympathies , Karen DeRoo Azzolina

    • Michael H on April 7, 2021 at 2:41 pm

      Thank you, Karen. So good of you to leave message. Please give best to all the family, maybe we’ll see you in July. Please check back for corrected info. I used to enjoy seeing you all at St John’s after church.

      • Karen Azzolina on April 8, 2021 at 2:12 pm

        Thanks for responding Michael and yes hopefully I can attend your dad’s service . Again prayers for all of you .

  4. Patricia Burchill on April 7, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    To Wendy and family,
    We will miss Jim dearly and the thought of him will surely bring a smile. He was a talented, humble and wonderful man.
    Sending hugs of comfort and prayers for your healing. An extra tight hug to you Wendy. I’ve never seen a more dedicated and loving daughter ever. There wasn’t a day during my time working at the Village at Unity when you weren’t there for your father. I will definitely miss seeing you walking thru the door every night.
    RIP Jim and thank your for your service. 🇺🇸
    Patricia Burchill

  5. Wendy Pettine on April 12, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Pat, you were always so helpful and friendly. And thanks to everyone at the Villages, you have all been so lovely, gracious, and helpful! I consider it a blessing to have been able to visit with and help Dad so much. I know he enjoyed living there, especially the music and art programs. He absolutely loved singing with the chorus!
    Pat, I hope we see you as part of the Honor Guard if possible! He was so very proud of his military service, as you know.

    • Shae on April 24, 2021 at 6:18 pm

      Hi Mrs Wendy, I am so sorry for you guys loss. My supervisor actually just told me the other day. Every week I was asking about him and wanted to know how he was doing. When I got the news I googled his name because I wanted to pay my respects to Mr James. He was such a great person and so funny. Although I’ve only known Mr. James for a few months I am so grateful to have crossed paths with him. He was truly indeed a angel on earth. ❤️ God bless!

      • Wendy Pettine on July 5, 2021 at 6:25 pm

        Thank you for your very kind words. I sent a card to HCR, hoping they would share it with you all. You are actually the Angels on Earth, and we are so appreciative for all the loving care you provided our Dad. I always felt at Peace when you were working, knowing Dad was in the best of hands.
        We appreciate you taking the time to contact us. I’m so glad you did! And keep watching that Lawrence Welk show!

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