David Henry Holcomb

February 13, 2018

David Henry Holcomb, 86, of Manchester, loving husband of Elaine (Duncan) Holcomb for over 59 years, passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 13, 2018 with family by his side at Manchester Memorial Hospital. David was born in Hartford on January 13, 1932, son of the late Henry Edward Holcomb and Ruth E. (Weiant) Holcomb. He was raised in Bloomfield and attended local schools. While growing up, David and his brothers helped on the family's Valley View Farm in Bloomfield. When his parents retired and moved to New Hampshire, David helped them in purchasing a farm on Pleasant Lake in Elkins, where he and his whole family were active in developing what is now Rocky Point Cottages. This location has always been close to David's heart and has become the vacation and gathering place for generations of family and friends. David was a United States Army Veteran, proudly serving his country during the Korean War. He worked as a Senior Lab Technician for UTC Research Center in East Hartford for many years. He was a member of the former Hiram Masonic Lodge in Bloomfield, and the Army & Navy Club in Manchester. Known as a very talented repairman, David could fix almost anything. Often, he was asked by his neighbors to repair something or to lend a tool, and he was always happy to help. In addition to his wife, he leaves behind two daughters, Heidi Lyman of Manchester and Linda Mitchell of Andover, NH; his son Bruce Holcomb of Coventry; his granddaughter Shannon Soler and her husband Jason of Patchogue, NY; his sister Darleen Walther and her husband Thomas of Palm Coast, FL; his brother Roger Holcomb of Windsor Locks; two cousins and several nieces, nephews, and their families. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Ted Holcomb, and his sister, Eleanor Powell. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 10-11am at South United Methodist Church, 1226 Main St. in Manchester with a memorial service at 11am. A private burial will be held at East Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or to the American Lung Association, 1200 Hosford St., Suite 101, Hudson, WI 54016. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit www.holmeswatkins.com