AUBURN AND HAMPDEN - Robert H. Holt, 82, passed away Oct. 6, 2012, surrounded by his loving family, after a long illness at his home in Hampden. Robert was born April 17, 1930, in Auburn, to the late Sherman J. and Mildred (Carver) Holt.
Robert grew up in Auburn and graduated from Edward Little High School, class of 1948. In 1952, he joined the Auburn Fire Department, where he served 39 years before retiring in 1991. Robert was dedicated to the community he served and was ready to work on any function of the fire department, where a fire fighter was needed. On July 3, 1950, Robert married Alice Emma Capen and started their family of three, Nancy, Debra and Marc. After retirement, Robert and Emma moved to Sacramento, Calif., and lived for seven years. They then moved back to Sabattus, where they were active members of Holy Family Church. Robert and Emma worked at church fairs making lobster sandwiches and working in the field. In 2004, they moved to Hampden to be closer to their daughter, Debra and family. In Hampden, Robert was an active member, volunteer and vice president of Hampden Senior Citizen's, went to exercise class twice a week, attended the weekly senior meals at Roe Village, as well as at the weekly Kiwanis senior meal. Robert will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend.
Robert is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Alice Emma Holt; three children and their spouses, Nancy Ann Heroux and husband, Raymond, of Citrus Heights, Calif., Debra Lou Tardif and husband, Dana, of Hampden, and Marc Gene Holt and wife, Phyllis, of Hartford; five grandsons, Michael, Scott and Sean Tardif, and Jas and Jonathan Holt; five stepgrandchildren, Kim, Craig, Laurie, Jenifer and Julie; great-grandchildren, Allayna, Charlotte, Darcy, Daphne, Brooke, Levi, Katelynn and Zepplin; great-stepgrandchildren, Dameon, Mathew, Ryan, Jacob, Andrew, Alexander, Nathan, Grace and Jillian; and brother, Richard W. Holt of Petaluma, Calif. Robert was predeceased by his parents; son, Donald Robert Holt, in 1952; and sister-in-law, Barbara Holt.
Family and friends are invited to visit 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, 70 Western Ave., Hampden. Interment will be immediately after the funeral at Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, Ohio Street, Bangor. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hampden Neighborhood Food Cupboard, P.O. Box 9, Hampden, ME 04444. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through www.hampdgengilpatrick.com