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Gerald William Holmberg Jr.
July 5, 1944 ~ September 20, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Gerald William Holmberg Jr, (Jerry, Bill) 79, of Center Tuftonboro NH, passed away on September 20, 2023, at 11:44 pm peacefully at his home with his life partner and faithful pup at his side.
Jerry was born on July 5, 1944, at Walter Reed Hospital Army Hospital in Washington DC. He was the son of Lt Col.Dr. Gerald W. Holmberg Sr. And Ruth Evelyn (Fair) Holmberg, brother to Sandra Fucigna Mcgrath of Bethesda MD.
As a child Jerry lived between Washington DC and Germany until his family settled in Nashua NH upon his father's retirement from the US Army. Jerry attended school in Nashua NH graduating from Nashua High in 1962. He attended 1 year at Franklin Pierce College before enlisting in the Army in 1963, he was in the 101st airborne, special forces medic, and a valued instructor at Fort Campble for the 101st.
Dad loved skiing, while in high school he joined a ski club and enjoyed competing in all 3 events, cross country, jumping and downhill. He was a Ski Meister as his grandchildren took on the love for skiing, they enjoyed stories of his days on the hills.
Dad loved to create, build, improve, he could look at a piece of land and see the completed project before a tree came down. After the army he worked for a local developer in Nashua learning what he could and then venturing out with his cousin Thomas Fair and starting their own company, Land Tree in Hollis NH, where they built numerous homes and developments before moving to the lakes region in 1984 where he and his partner continued what they loved to do building WinMiir Condominiums, Wolfeboro Inn and many more.
Jerry was always there for you and your family, the garage was always open for those who needed it, weather being someone who worked for him, one of our friends, or a neighbor in need, letting his employees take home tools or equipment to work on their own projects, and advocating for his local veteran friends helping them get the services they deserved.
Dad, grandpa, papa, grumpy, loved us all, but the true apples of his eyes were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom he was so enormously proud of. Be it sneaking papa's cookies while he pretended to sleep, driving 2 hours just to go trick, or treating, having one arm push up contests, and of course growling at the littles when they walked by. He loved each one of them more than anything else.
Dad taught us all so much, even over these last few years as his mind started to fail, we are still learning from the events. The start to 2023 was not the best for him, he suffered a heart attack at the beginning of February, had bypass surgery, a cancerous mass was found. Unfortunately, he just could not mentally and physically handle the 2 major surgeries so close together and ultimately just gave up
Dad is survived by, Jill Kennard, his partner of 20+ years, loving sister Sandra Fucigna McGrath, children Gerald W. Holmberg III and Lise Holmberg-Peters and her husband Joseph Peters, and their mother Denise D’Eri, grandchildren Steven, Kali, her husband Dustin Allen , and Maxwell Brennick, his wife Miranda Brennick Natalie and Ace Holmberg and their mother Amy Stockman, great grandchildren Beatrice and Colleen Allen, Maverick and Haylie Brennick, and great niece Gabriella Fucigna and numerous extended family members.
The family would like to thank Home Health Services of NH & ME, especially his aide Adrianna who put up with his cranky moods and got him smiling again, Granite VNA and Hospice for their guidance, support, and care, we could not have done this without you all. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
A graveside service and celebration of life will be held late spring 2024, once date is set, we will update his obituary on Lord Funeral Home’s website. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Ben Baldwin Scholarship Fund c/o First Congregational Church 115 S. Main St. Wolfeboro NH 03894.