James Lee Holding
August 9, 1950 – July 2, 2018
James Lee Holding, D.C., 67, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, July 2, 2018. Born 8/9/50 in Palatine, Il, James obtained his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO.
James made his home in Bowie, MD, and opened Holding Chiropractic Clinic in 1982. His speciality in Sports Medicine, which stemmed from a sports injury in his youth, allowed him the privilege to treat some of the premiere athletes in the DC area through his many years of practice, including many players on the Washington Capital´s roster. From this grew a life-long fandom of the team. Now that he has finally seen his beloved Caps hoist Lord Stanley´s Cup, he will be resting peacefully.
James, a widower, is survived by his three children, Sonny, Johnna, and Rocco Holding, his daughter-in-law, Carolina Holding, and his two grandchildren, Antonio and Sebastian.
Robert E. Evan's funeral home in Bowie, MD will be handling arrangements and the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Rita and James Holding Memorial Scholarship at the Bowie Hockey Club, P.O. Box 2205, Bowie, MD, 20718.
- Memorial Service Friday, July 20, 2018
James Lee Holding
July 21, 2018
My dear Sonny, Johnna and Rocco,
Words cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of your father and my dear friend, James.
As you know, we met in 1980 when your father was a student at Logan Chiropractic College and your beautiful mom, Rita, and I were coworkers and “sister” friends at Shenandoah Valley Elementary School. What great fun we always had!
In addition to being a hockey fan, your dad also enjoyed baseball. James liked my St Louis Cardinals, but he LOVED his Chicago Cubs . As often as we could we watched the Cards/Cubs games together via texting. These games will never be the same for me without the friendly rivalry we enjoyed.
On July 19th I sat in my hotel room missing James and watching our beloved Cards and Cubs at it once again. In the 4th inning I was feeling pretty good with my Cards in the lead 2 to 1. Then, in the 5th inning the Cubs exploded with 5 runs and went on to win the game 9 to 6. And so, my friend James, that one was for you!
Love you forever!
July 20, 2018
My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Dr. Holding. All week I’ve been trying to pick my favorite memory to share so I finally decided I’d go with my very first memory of Dr. Holding.
When I went in for my interview at HCC, I could tell Dr. Holding was a little leery of hiring me. I was fresh out of high school with a baby face & no medical experience at all. He even told me later “I saw you sitting there and I thought-She’s a kid! No one is going to take her seriously” lol. But for some reason, with some persuasion from Jess, he decided to hire me (I think I wowed him with all the background research I had done on his practice & career as a chiropractor lol). I remember when I went in for my final interview & official hiring he challenged me. In so many words he basically encouraged me to never be intimidated by challenges & to not let any obstacle get in the way of reaching my goals. He had so much faith in me & what I could accomplish & I’ll never forget that. While working at HCC Dr. Holding helped me to go from receptionist, to a chiropractic assistant to eventually an office manager. He even supported me when I left HCC to move to another country to do volunteer work. He was a tough boss, but in a good way. He was passionate about his work & passionate about people. I can truly say that working for Dr. Holding & working with his staff for five years gave me so much experience & training, not just career wise, but in life. It was truly a privilege to work alongside great staff members like Jessica, Kim, Rochelle, Michelle, Betty & many others & it was an awesome experience to meet the many patients he had over the years.
Johnna, Sonny, Rocky, your dad was great guy and loved you all dearly. He would talk about you guys all the time. Please know that I’m keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers & I pray that these little memories from the many lives that he touched bring you comfort, peace & little happiness (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).
Suzee Bolokowicz (Fischer)
July 20, 2018
To me, Janes will always be Jimmy Holding. He was a great friend to me during my High School years. We re-connected via Facebook & I was looking forward to seeing him at the upcoming Class Reunion. Always such a nice guy. He will be missed!
Dr's Chris and Donna McLaughlin
July 19, 2018
The words we can say will never do justice for James, we have known him for over 45 years, are parents were great friends, and so many great stories and memories but the loss will effect us for ever. A Wonderful man, friend, father and Chiropractor. Our condolence to the family of James, and know our prayers are with you.
July 19, 2018
Cheers to you Dr. James
My memories of you in our beloved class at Logan College and all the laughter will be cherished. You were a great man, father and Chiropractor. May you rest in peace and enjoy the great above with a toast to those who went before you.
My condolences to your friends and family who grieve.
With great love and respect,.
Gayle Thompson, D.C.
July 18, 2018
What a great guy. For over 30 years he improved my quality of life through his expert chiropractic care. Over that time, I enjoyed our many conversations about music, sports, family, and so many other topics - yes, we even discussed joints. He was genuine and cared about you more than just as a patient and knew so much about so many subjects. He’ll surely be missed by many.
July 13, 2018
What a wonderful guy... gone way too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
July 13, 2018
What a wonderful guy... gone way too soon! My prayers and thoughts are with his family.
July 13, 2018
What a wonderful guy! I knew him from our children attending Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School and I was also a patient of his years ago. So sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts are with his family.
July 12, 2018
I have known Dr. Holding for over 40 years. He would always have words of wisdom, as well as corny jokes. He was part of our family and always will be. You will be greatly missed.
My prayers and sympathy to his family.
Susan Seaman Sertic
July 11, 2018
Sometimes the stories a family hears after they have lost their loved one is the best insight into who that person was. So, I feel that I have to add “our” story. When I was a senior in high school (I attended Arlington High School…the town just east of Palatine), I became pregnant by my “high school sweetheart” (Palatine class of ‘67). We broke up… and many of my friends from Palatine helped me during that time…in fact five of them drove me to Northwest Community Hospital on New Year’s Day 1968 when it was obvious that my baby was coming. Jimmy was one of those people. I relinquished my daughter born that day for adoption. What many people don’t know…several weeks before my baby was due, Jimmy had “figured it all out.” He sat me down and explained that he would marry me, I could have my baby…and all would be fine. Who does that as a 17 year old teenage boy? The answer…a person who was generous and loving beyond his years…someone who at a tender teenage age knew how to reach out and show compassion. I never forgot…I hope he knew that. GRATITUDE.
July 10, 2018
I was so heart broken when I heard the news. A dear colleague referred me to Dr Holding in 2003 when a college student decided to use my car as his brake.... Dr. Holding went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable, he was so knowledgeable I didn’t know what he was saying. Lol. He was wise beyond his years! He helped me recover immensely from my many car accidents. (None my fault) he stood up for me against the lawyers, he listened and encouraged me personally; he even took away my headaches...literally!
He was a Doctoer and friend that had “my back!” I will miss him greatly!!
To his family and his amazing staff : you are in my prayers daily for the Lord to comfort, to sustain, and to give you HIS peace.
July 10, 2018
You were more than a doctor, you were a friend. You always greeted me with a smile and a joke. You shared your stories and listened to mine. You shared your knowledge which has helped me over the years. You instilled a sense of trust. Its hard to believe you are gone. Thank you for everything!
To your family, please rejoice in what a wonderful doctor, father and husband he was. He was kind, thoughtful, trust worthy and knowledgeable. I know he loved all of you through how he talked about you. May he rest in peace with the legacy he left behind.
July 8, 2018
To Sonny, Johnna & Rocco
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your father. Our memories of James span many years. He is easily remembered for his kind, gentle personality and always with an uplifting word or something funny to bring a smile. There are many wonderful things to say about knowing your father but mostly what comes to mind is how much love and pride he felt for his children, and in more recent years, his grandchildren, as well. Our family is thinking of his family at this difficult time.
With love, Judye, Jim, Kyle, Brooke & Ashley
July 7, 2018
May the family cherish all memories! As I would sign off as "Me". Me remembers your kindness and generosity as a friend and doctor would take one to the moon. I continue to shake my head at what you thought were jokes. I pray that you are resting in peace. Your friend, "Me" AKA Karen Nicholson.
July 6, 2018
Sonny, Johnna, Rocco,
I can't find the words to tell you how sorry I am for the lost of your dad. When I received the call Monday morning from Johnna (in Spain), I knew that something had happened to my DJ. Your dad was a remarkable father, doctor, and my dearest DJ. For more then 10 years, we had a special bond that was envied by others. He was the perfect definition of "love" and had enough to share unselfishly. He loved each of you unconditionally, as well as his patients, and his love for me. He also could tell corny jokes when I least expected them. Thank God for the infinite memories I will always cherish about him, and I will continue to keep each of you in my prayers especially during this difficult time. I find solace in knowing that he is at rest and will always be with us.