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Joseph Francis Holland
Age: 32
Occupation: Broker
Worked for: Carr Futures
Originally from: Yonkers, NY
Resided in: Glen Rock, NJ
School: Bronx High School of Science
College: Manhattan College
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Copyright 2001 Bergen Record Corporation
The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
September 29, 2001 Saturday All Editions
SOURCE: The Record

Before his son was born, Joseph Francis Holland III would direct his singing toward his wife's growing belly.

"You are the sunshine of my life," went the lyrics to his favorite song. "That's why I'll always be around . . . " Ten days after his first child was born, Holland, 32, was killed in the attack on the World Trade Center. His family buried him after a funeral Sept. 21. "He was thrilled to be a father," said Ellen Mahoney, Holland's mother-in-law. "That was his future. " "He did the whole talking-to-the-baby thing," Kathy Holland said of her husband's involvement in her pregnancy. He also went to Lamaze classes with his wife to be ready for the big day.

After Joseph Francis Holland IV was born Sept. 1, Holland took a week off from his job as a broker with Carr Futures to stay home with his wife and new son.

When he returned to work Sept. 10, Holland proudly handed out cigars at the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Joseph and Kathy Holland, who met in 1992, had moved to a blue, raised ranch home in Glen Rock from Manhattan's East Side two years ago.

They took up golf -- including a trip to Hilton Head, S.C., this spring -- and were settling into the rhythms of life in the suburbs.

Holland was described as the person in the group who would make everyone else laugh with his sharp insight and quick wit. "You could be having dinner or arranging flowers or whatever and he would find something funny to say," Mahoney said.

A native of the Bronx, Holland graduated from Bronx High School of Science and Manhattan College, after which he went to work on the exchange.

Focused and successful in his work, Holland was also an avid sports fan. He liked the Dallas Cowboys and held season tickets for his favorite baseball team, the Yankees. He had recently purchased a miniature Yankees cap for his newborn son.

He also leaves behind a mother and a sister in Yonkers, N.Y., and a father, brother, and sister in Florida.

Kathy Holland hasn't thought about how she will describe him to their son, who, at less than a month old resembles his father more than his mother. But she's fairly certain little Joseph heard his dad's voice when he sang to him before he was born.

"You are the apple of my eye," continues the song, by Stevie Wonder. "Forever you'll stay in my heart. "
-- Irish Tribute (Friend)
08 Oct 2001

It is now December 21st and Christmas is just around the corner, and Joseph you'll never be for-gotten. Your Son little Joe was christen 12/8/01
and we came to find out that you were christen the same day only in 1968. All these little things remind us that your in a better place watching over us and especially your son
and our Grandson. With all our love.
-- Carol & Jim O'Toole (Friend {Mom & Stepdad})
21 Dec 2001

Joe you will always be in our hearts and mind.
-- Your cousin Pat (Cousin {})
06 Sep 2004

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