BATH — David C. Holt, of Bath, formerly of Brunswick and Topsham, passed away peacefully on Dec. 3, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer with his loving family at his side.
David was born in Newburyport, MA, on April 8, 1937, to Daniel and Rose (Colby) Holt. He was raised in Georgetown, MA, and attended Georgetown Schools. He was a graduate with the class of 1955 at Perley High School, Georgetown. David, or Tubb as he was affectionately called, was proud of his late game heroics in the 1954 high school basketball tournament, sinking a half court shot as time expired to send Perley High to the State Finals in the Boston Garden.
As the son of Depressionera parents David was industrious at a very young age. At age 12 he would hitchhike from Georgetown to Salisbury and set up bowling pins for 1 cent per frame at a local bowling alley. He remembered after working two 16- hour days and sleeping in the attic in between, he brought home more money than his parents that week.
After graduating high school Dave joined the Navy with his good friend Bill Prescott in June of 1955. Dave served as a Damage Controlman on the USS Salisbury Sound (AV13) and later on the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CVA41). After the Navy Dave put his charismatic personality and natural selling ability to good use joining Electrolux as a door-to-door salesman. For the next 45 years he had an extremely successful career, a continuous top performer who won incentive trips around the world. He won numerous sales awards during his career and many more lasting friendships.
Dave loved the simple things in life. Mowing the lawn on a sunny day, monitoring the weather, bird watching, betting on the horses, playing cards and taking scenic drives. He loved to swim and was known to swim from Small Point to Popham and back in the same day. He taught all of his children to swim at an early age and they share his love of the water.
Dave had an infectious smile and a contagious laugh and was known for his practical jokes. You couldn’t spend time around him without laughing and having fun. He had the natural ability to put people at ease. He was the life of the party and relished the role, the first one on the dance floor and the last to leave. He was mischievous and fun loving, you could see the playful boy dancing in his eyes even in his final days.
In his later years he devoted much of his time and energy to his grandchildren, an immense source of pride for him. He never missed an appearance at an athletic event, school play, award ceremony, even as his health declined. Dave loved a good game of cribbage and his door was always open for friends and family to stop in and visit. Dave loved a great meal and passed his love of food on to his family.
Dave was a devout Christian with strong faith, always signing cards and notes with scripture. He would want his number of days on earth known, it was 27,998. Dave found a second home with Pastor Dan Coffin and the fellowship of parishioners at Small Point Baptist Church. Dave was an extremely generous man to those he knew and loved.
Dave was predeceased by his parents, Daniel Holt and Rose Holt Choquette, beloved wife Christina (Tino) Holt, son Daniel Nicol and brother Daniel Holt. He is survived by his beloved sister Bonolyn (Sissy) Page and husband Robert of Georgetown, MA. Brother Greg Choquette of Hamden, ME. Four children, Colby Holt and wife Kim of Jacksonville, FL. Tamara Holt of Bath, ME. Carol Perkins of Otisfield, ME and David and Cori Holt of Durham, ME. Six grandchildren, Casey Holt of Jacksonville, FL, Savannah Rice of Bath, ME, David and Logan Holt of Durham, ME, Mathew and Twila Perkins of Oxford, ME. Dave loved his nieces and nephews, Kevin and Cathy Holt, Brenda Holt and Mike Stinson, Brian Page, Wendy Page and Wes Rutledge, Jesse Choquette and Michael Holt.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m. at Small Point Baptist Church, 1754 Main Road, Phippsburgh, ME. All friends and associates are welcome to attend. Condolences can be expressed online at kincerfuneralhome.com.