Char­lie Holland wins hon­orary bor­ough race in a land­slide

Re­cep­tion next week for pop­u­lar town fig­ure

The Day - - OBITUARIES - By JOE WOJTAS Day Staff Writer [email protected]­

Ston­ing­ton — “Char­lie Holland wins in a land­slide!”

That was the an­nounce­ment this week, as the re­sults were an­nounced of the feel-good ef­fort to unof­fi­cially elect Char­lie Holland as the hon­orary mayor of the bor­ough.

Ac­cord­ing to res­i­dent Al­bert Kausch, who or­ga­nized the ef­fort, more than 2,000 peo­ple cast bal­lots in boxes around town and they all voted for Holland.

A re­cep­tion has been planned for Dec. 15 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Por­tuguese Holy Ghost So­ci­ety in the bor­ough to rec­og­nize Holland as the unof­fi­cial mayor.

“We think that in this time of di­vi­sive pol­i­tics this of­fers some re­lief to rec­og­nize a great mem­ber of our com­mu­nity. I think this has been a great ex­pe­ri­ence for the town, ev­ery­one has been talk­ing about it, and I would en­cour­age other town­ships to do the same,” Kausch said in an email.

The 93-year-old Holland, who was born in Paw­catuck and lives on Main Street in the bor­ough, where he re­mains a pop­u­lar fig­ure, has led the Char­lie Holland Band for decades. He and his band still per­form and many peo­ple re­mem­ber his pop­u­lar Sun­day jazz brunches at the for­mer Skip­per’s Dock restau­rant in the bor­ough.

Holland grew up in Paw­catuck and at­tended lo­cal schools. Dur­ing World War II he served as a tail gun­ner with the Army Air Corps and flew on 18 B-17 mis­sions over Ger­many, Holland, France and Bel­gium. Af­ter his dis­charge in March 1946, he at­tended Syra­cuse Univer­sity in New York, where he stud­ied English lit­er­a­ture, and he com­pleted his de­gree at URI. For many years he worked for Chrysler.

A self-taught pian­ist, he formed the Char­lie Holland Band while in high school. Two of his band­mates also are in their 90s.

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