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Philip Holden’s star has risen to the sky. He completed his journey on November 13, 2017, at the age of 86 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. Born on June 5, 1931, to Gertrude and Ernest Holden, he grew up in Beverly and Essex. Graduating from Brown University as an electrical engineer, he brought power and light to many, especially his loving wife of 48 years, Alice Holden of Boxford, and his daughter, Megan Holden of New Mexico. He is also survived by his sister, Suzanne Gordon and her husband, Ben of Redding, Conn. His strong work ethic led to a successful 37-year career with Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation building fossil, nuclear, and hydroelectric power plants. Prior to joining Stone & Webster, he served in the Army Chemical Corps as plant engineer. The Essex Boy Scouts benefited from Phil’s knowledge and capability. His Boxford home was his pride and joy where he enjoyed outdoor work, woodworking, jogging, his friends, family, and dogs. Travel, good food, good wine, and good company made his eyes shine. May his star shine brightly.
Donations may be made in Phil’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association. The Celebration of Phil’s Life will be held on Wednesday, November 29, at Toscana’s Ristorante, 3 Bourbon St., Peabody, from 12 to 4 p.m. Buffet lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. The Conte - Giamberardino Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant St., Georgetown, MA, has been entrusted to Phil's care. For additional information, please visit www.cgfuneralhomegeorgetown.com.
Published on  November 21, 2017
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