Bradford, MA — David S. Hollis, 68, of Bradford died peacefully on Saturday, April 27 in Boston. Born on June 6, 1944, in Worcester, Mass., he was the son of William and Charlotte (Nourse) Hollis.
Dave worked at Lucent Technologies, Inc. for 35 years where he was kind and helpful to his coworkers, of whom he was so fond. He was always willing to walk miles through the plant to assist a coworker with a project. He took pride and satisfaction tending his large vegetable garden, chopping firewood and his many projects at home.
As a naturalist Dave found lifelong joy in the great outdoors; hunting in Vermont, hiking in the White Mountains, fishing the waters of Back Lake, New Hampshire, clamming, and all the while ensuring the safety of his fellow sportsmen with his fire safety practices. Most recently, he loved his walks on Plum Island.
Dave loved history – particularly the Civil War period. He greatly admired Abraham Lincoln and the writings of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. A natural teacher, he shared his passion freely with family and friends.
He was known for his generosity and hospitality, inspired by his grandmother, Billie. He was eager to offer strategies about planting, dish out advice about the food he loved to cook, and enjoy the warmth of the fire he could never stop stoking. He would often help plow out a driveway or mow a lawn for a neighbor, accepting only their thanks in return. Everyone knew his cheerful smile, friendly wave and his signature orange hat – ever ready for a walk in the woods.
Dave loved his family and friends and was dearly loved in return. He is survived by his mother, Charlotte Hollis; his beloved wife, Nancy (Perham); his daughters, Margery and her husband Kane Pelletier; Laura and her fiancè Andrew Riley; and his son John; grandchildren Grace and David; sisters Linda Burgess and her husband Jack; Sharon Hollis and her husband, Glenn Richards; his uncle Kenneth R. Nourse; nieces, nephews and friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: A private graveside service was held in Plymouth Notch Cemetery, Plymouth, Vt., on May 1, 2013, officiated by the Reverend Canon Lee Alison Crawford, Church of Our Savior Episcopal, Killington. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Cancer Institute Gift Fund at http://obf.cancer.gov/contribute/giftfund.htm. To leave condolences, please visit www.fsrobertsandson.com.