Thomas F. Holt Sr.

June 11, 1921February 21, 2013

Thomas F. Holt Sr. died on February 21, 2013 in Boston. He was 91 years old. Mr. Holt was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Albert E. Holt and Catherine Leonard Holt and brother of the late Albert E. Holt, Jr., William F. Holt and Kathleen Holt Howell. . A graduate of LaSalle Academy class of 1941, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard serving in the Pacific where he was wounded when his ship was attacked by enemy aircraft. For his service to his country, Mr. Holt was awarded The Purple Heart.

In 1947, Mr. Holt married Dorothy Brennan Holt, his wife of more than 62 years. Mrs. Holt died in 2009. One of the last of a dwindling generation, Mr. Holt was not only a warm and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, but also a successful entrepreneur. Mr. Holt was the founder and owner of Dutchland Farm, one of New England’s early convenience store chains which grew to number 60 stores employing more than 100 people at its peak. Presiding over four generations, Mr. Holt enjoyed summers in Narragansett, RI with his family and many friends.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Jane Holt of Boston, four grandchildren, Catherine Holt Kolodij, Martha Holt Castle, Thomas F. Holt III and Andrew C. Holt and their spouses. He also leaves behind the enduring legacy of his six great grandchildren, Charlotte, Hollis and Ruby Kolodij, Tobin Holt Castle, Thomas F. Holt IV, and Adelaide Dorothy Holt and extended family members, Joana Jesus, Nathaniel Lopes and many nieces and nephews.

Family will be receiving guests from 9:30-10am at the Boston Harborside Home, 580 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02109 on Saturday, Feb. 23, followed by a funeral Mass at St. Cecilia Church, 18 Belvidere St., Boston, at 11AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to LaSalle Academy, 612 Academy Avenue, Providence, RI 02908.


  • Visitation Saturday, February 23, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 23, 2013

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Jean Marie McGee

February 24, 2013

Tom, Jame, Catherine, Martha, Tom & Andrew. I am so sorry and saddened to hear of the loss of Tom. He is a legend and will be deeply missed. My sympathies also to Joana who cared for Tom with love and compassion. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Tom and Ellen Howell

February 24, 2013

Very sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Tom. Truly a kind, caring man who was happiest sharing his life with family and friends. We have so many fond memories of him.

Costas Strekouras

February 23, 2013

Please accept my sincerest condolences on Tom's passing. I remember him as a fine gentleman and respected business associate.

Costas Strekouras
(International Importing Co.)

Albert Howell

February 22, 2013

Sad to hear of Uncle Tom's passing. I will always cherish the memory of a gentle and kind person, and his great love Aunt Dot.

William Whiteside

February 22, 2013

Family of Thomas Holt,

My prayers are with you at this time.
There's not too many of us left from the Class of 41.

Bill Whiteside 41

Erin McHugh

February 22, 2013

Sad to hear this Tom and Jane. I see Tom so much in his Dad's face, though, and that's how memories are passed on. You are in my prayers.



Gladys Gregory

February 22, 2013

So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I am his cousin - daughter of Gladys and Herman Leonard.

Sandy Berbeco

February 22, 2013

I am sorry for your losses. I remember both Dorothy and Tom as warm and welcoming/ with lots of energy and love.