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KINGSTON, N.H.: Edward Burton Holt, 89, died unexpectedly on March 24, 2016 at his home in Kingston, N.H. He was born on June 22, 1926 in Marshfield, Vt., son of the late Christine Lois (Mardin) Calacci and Richard Wallce Holt.

Mr. Holt attended school in Marshfield and Barre, Vt. and graduated from Littleton High School in Littleton, N.H. He married Helen J. Moeller on October 20, 1945 and shortly thereafter joined the Army Air Forces where he became a pilot and served during the occupation of Germany in World War II. After the military, Mr. Holt’s professional flying career began with Northeast Airlines and eventually Delta Airlines. During the 1980s he moved to Newnan, Ga. where he had the honor of flying the first transatlantic flight in Lockheed L-1011, a highlight of his career. He retired in 1986 after more than 30 years in aviation. Mr. Holt was an avid hunter, fisherman, outdoorsman and family man.

Mr. Holt was Past Master of The Moose River Masonic Lodge in Concord, Vt., Past District Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Vt., Past Master of Gideon Masonic Lodge in Kingston, N.H. He was a 33 Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Portsmouth, N.H., a member of the Bektash Shrine in Concord, N.H., the York Rite, and the Knights Templar in Portsmouth. He was a Past Worthy Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of NH Order of the Eastern Star, Past Patron of Corinthian-Queen Esther Chapter OES, member of Adah Chapter, Order of The Eastern Star in Concord, Vt.. and was also a member of the Airline Pilot’s Association.

Family members include his wife of 70 years, Helen J. Holt of Kingston, NH; his children, Sharon Holt-Kidney of Dover, N.H., Juanita C. Holt-Walters of Gallup Mills, Vt., John E. Holt of Victory, Vt., Rachel Holt-Murray of South Hampton, N.H.; his grandchildren include, Lt. Col. Maurice Holt-Kidney, Cpt. Harrison E. Walters, Celeste Holt-Walters, Jean Holt, Christie Won, Melissa Towne, Austin E. Murray and Matthew A. Murray. He is also survived by his siblings, Beverly Cox, Shirley Holt, Rosemary Sullivan, Kay Parton, Elaine Holt, Joann O’Brien; several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Lloyd Holt, Dalton Holt and Lorraine Ballou.

Calling hours were held on Thursday, March 31, 2016, from with a Masonic service and an Order of the Eastern Star service, at the Brewitt Funeral Home, 14 Pine St., Exeter, N.H. Funeral services were held on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church, Salem, N.H. Burial with military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery in Lunenburg, Vt. later this spring. A special thanks to the caregivers at Senior Class Adult Day Services (formerly Sarah Care) in Hampstead, N.H. for their loving care for Mr. Holt. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston, 53 Blossom Rd., Boston, MA 02114. For more information, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
Published on  April 7, 2016
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