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Life Legacy of James Joseph Holson
"Jimmy" Holson has always been an incredible athlete and philanthropist. For the past two years, he battled several cancers and was an extraordinary fighter until the very end. He surprised his doctors and nurses by his tenacity to live despite his difficult journey, and in his last months, he selflessly participated in clinical trials in order to help save others. Jimmy spent his final days surrounded by his loving parents and siblings, then passed peacefully in his sleep on April 7th as his children slept next to him. He was 61 years old.
Jimmy had a larger than life presence and was better known to his friends as "Hollywood." Born in Washington, DC, he grew up as the oldest boy of 14 sisters and brothers in Camp Springs, MD, where he attended St. Phillips The Apostle Catholic School and Bishop McNamara High School. Always a stellar competitor, he excelled in varsity football, and then continued playing sports throughout his life. He was a standout in Fast Pitch Softball where his teams won the ASA's World Tournament three times and he was also inducted into the Greater Washington Hall of Fame with his father in 2012. Jimmy traveled the country for years with some of his best friends playing in the USTFL football league as well as taking vacation golf and fishing trips. For fun, he enjoyed playing league basketball as well as ice hockey. Jimmy was a huge fan of the Redskins, Capitols, Wizards, Nationals, and Maryland basketball and enjoyed attending live games with his family and friends.
The passion to play was just as intense as his love to coach. Jimmy was a major contributor to the PAL youth baseball organization. He worked with over 100 children, including his own son, and dedicated much of his time to bettering the program. The Maryland Masters and his sister's J&J Contractor's Women's Softball teams also benefited from his sponsorship. Jimmy's charitable contributions were never ending, whether it was running his holiday food and clothing drives for the DC homeless, or providing construction work for the elderly and less fortunate. He was a founding member of the Chris Delinski Memorial Foundation in honor of his late sister that started at his home in Accokeek, MD, in 1985. Always an avid volunteer, a memorable moment was when he contributed to the Make A Wish Foundation by building a barn stall for a young girl with cancer who's dying wish was to leave a gift for her horse.
As a teenager, Jimmy grew up working for his father's roofing business, J & J Contractors, Inc. He eventually took over operations and had successfully maintained his family's legacy that boasts over 60 years of notable work. The company's largest client has always been the Archdiocese of Washington, which Jimmy has ardently maintained due to his strong passion in his Catholic faith. He also prided himself on his local business that offered true, honest craftsmanship to his loyal family customer base in the DC metro area.
Jimmy will not only be remembered for his love of sports, charity, and business, he will also forever be celebrated for his huge heart. He was a devoted father, son, brother, and friend. Always ready to entertain, Jimmy would frequently host events where he could be surrounded by the large family and friends that he loved. Noteworthy events included his annual Superbowl Party, 4th of July Party, Accokeek Halloween Party, and any random party at his Edgewater home. His waterfront doors were wide open to his family and friends where they could enjoy jet skiing, crabbing, boating, cocktail sunsets, and always a great time.
He is survived by his son, James "Jimmy" C. Holson, of Annapolis, MD; his daughter, Lindsay Van Leer, of Key West, FL; his father, James "Bootie" E. Holson, and mother, Patricia Hill Holson, of Bethany Beach, DE; his sisters, Cathy Waltersdorff, Barbie Lloyd, Vicki Farri, Maureen Taylor, Ann Horak, Paula Caulk, and Jeannine Schaefer, of Dunkirk, MD; his sister, Joan Emrick, of Ocean View, DE; his brother, Michael Holson, of Grasonville, MD; his brothers, Pat Holson and Mark Holson, of Chesapeake Beach, MD; preceded in death by his sisters Christi Delinski and Bonnie Watson; his goddaughter, Nicole Shaw of Charlottesville, VA; over 40 nieces and nephews; and over 35 great-nieces and great-nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of James J. Holson may be made to the Chris Delinski Memorial Cancer Fund. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Hospice of the Chesapeake who graciously cared for Jimmy in his last days of life.