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Robert Dunlap Holland Jr.

November 18, 1926January 20, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert Dunlap Holland, Jr. of Annandale, Virginia on January 20, 2016 at the age of 89. He is survived by Barbara, his loving wife of 59 years; his daughter Anne and son-in-law Rich of Springfield, Virginia; his son Chris, daughter-in-law Lisa and stepson Cody Doss of Jupiter, Florida; his sister Phyllis Eggleston of Norfolk, Virginia and many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

Dad, mostly known to his family and friends as “Bob,” was born in Norfolk, Virginia on November 18, 1926 to Gladys Matthews Holland and Robert Dunlap Holland. He was raised in Norfolk and graduated from Maury High School in 1944. Upon graduation, Dad went to Emory and Henry College as part of the navy’s V-12 program. When the V-12 program was cancelled at Emory and Henry he attended the University of Virginia participating in the Naval ROTC program. In 1949, he graduated from “The University” earning his degree in Commerce and a reserve commission in the US Navy. With the onset of the Korean War, he requested active duty and was sent to Korea, where he participated in the invasion of Inchon. Upon returning to the United States, Dad was sent to Camp Lejeune and trained as a gun fire liaison officer.

Upon leaving active duty, Dad relocated to Annapolis, Maryland and managed a small loan office. In 1954, Dad met his future wife, Barbara on a blind date at Ladies Night at Kiwanis Club. They married in 1956. In 1960, Mom and Dad relocated their family to Annandale, Virginia where he began his career with Old Dominion Bank, which later became First Virginia Bank. He retired from First Virginia Bank with 32 years of service. Dad was extremely proud of to be a part of the First Virginia Family and his Navy service. In addition to his banking career, he continued in the Naval Reserve until retirement.

For much of his life, Dad was an avid boater and fisherman. He spent many hours around the water. Through the years, Dad and Mom enjoyed traveling. They had many adventures exploring the United States and foreign countries together, and with family and friends. He was most proud of having had the opportunity to visit six of the seven continents. Dad was also an avid photographer -- they have hundreds of photo memories!

Dad was a loving and devoted husband and father. He was extremely proud of his family and truly enjoyed spending time with family and friends over the years. He always looked forward to the stories, games, camaraderie and laughter. If he could be with us, Dad would wish that all his family and friends take good care of themselves and each other, keep thinking good thoughts, share laughs and stories, and always remember to tell family and friends how much they mean to you. May we celebrate his life by honoring those wishes.

A Visitation (beginning at 1:00) and a Celebration of Life (beginning at 2:30) will be held at Demaine Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA 22151 on January 30, 2016. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a date as yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dad’s name may be made to Fisher House Foundation or Homes for our Troops.

Arrangements under the direction of Demaine Funeral Home, Springfield, VA.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

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Elizabeth Hines

January 29, 2016

I feel fortunate to have come to know your family through my friendship with Anne. I know Bob as "Daddy", and have thoroughly enjoyed the stories Anne has shared with me over the years. My sympathies go out to the entire Holland family at the loss of such a special man. Sending my love and wishing you peace.

Janice Howell

January 29, 2016

Bob was a very nice and memorable person and it has been such a pleasure to spend time with him. I will miss seeing him especially during the holidays at Ann and Rich's. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Andy Sentipal

January 29, 2016

Anne, So sorry to hear about your Dad. I remember him as a very classy man. Thinking of your parents reminded me of the times we used to go to their home for dinner. Those were some good times to remember and they always treated us like gold.

Briley Howell

January 29, 2016

Janice and I always enjoyed sharing Christmas Eve with Bob at the McFarlands. I particularly enjoyed talking boats with him, realizing that he and Barbara made several trips to Florida while Captaining his Uncle's Burger Yacht. As such, Bob will be missed very much. Briley Howell

January 29, 2016

Bob was a wonderful husband, father and friend. We will all miss him. My love goes out to Aunt Sister, Anne and Chris.

Gary Hopkins

Carol Hahn

January 29, 2016

I will always remember Bob as a very sweet man. Ann was lucky to have such a fine dad. I will miss seeing him on our visits to Rich & Ann's and on our next Williamsburg Illumination get together. My sympathies to Barbara and the family.

Michael Spence

January 29, 2016

Bob was the best of friends who was as genuine as they come. I will miss our Friday night Cheesecake escapades and the great stories he always shared that I never tired of. I'm a better person having known Bob and I will miss him greatly.

Ron Starry

January 29, 2016

I am so sorry that Bob has pasted. I always enjoyed his stories about the history of Virginia and things he had done in the past. One thing I will always remember is his story about the Mattaponi Indians and the correct pronunciation of the tribe. Every time I drive over the Matta, Po, and the Ni Rivers, I think of Bob. He was an interesting and pleasant fellow to be around. I wish we could have had him a little longer. I'm sure we'll met again. Ron Starry.

Patricia Acuff

January 28, 2016

So sorry to hear of your loss. I know your Dad will be greatly missed.
James and Tricia Acuff

Cherie Hardy

January 28, 2016

I am so blessed to have known such an incredible man. Your entire family has touched my life for forever. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I love you.

FROM THE FAMILY