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Linwood Meredith “Murdock” Holland

Linwood Meredith “Murdock” Holland of Rumbley passed away at PRMC Friday, February 24, 2017 after a brief fight with cancer.  He was surrounded by the people that loved him most; son David Holland, daughter Paula Fisher and her husband Lance, grandchildren Leah Hammond, Boone Tunney and Hunter Holland, Brother-in-law Harry Hall and his wife Cathy, sister Hattie Miller and nephew Mike Miller and Elaine Holland.

Born June 15, 1929 he was the son of the late Aubrey and Ida Holland of Rumbley, MD.  Murdock was preceded in death by his wife Margaret “Claudia” Holland, daughter Nancy Tunney, son-in law Bob Tunney, brothers Dulaney Holland, Aubrey “Tom” Holland, Roy Holland, Paul Holland, and Grandville Holland and sisters Gertrude Holland, Emma Holland and Doris Malamed.  He is survived by sons David Holland of Rumbley and Claude Holland and his wife Lori of Salisbury, daughter Paula Fisher and her husband Lance of Salisbury, grandchildren David Holland, Jr., Leah Hammond, Boone Tunney,Christopher Holland, Cody Holland and Hunter Holland, great-grandchildren David Holland III, Aubrey Holland, Olivia Holland and Kara Holland, sisters Hattie Miller of Princess Anne and Hazel Kroth of Topeka, KS.  He is also survived by countless special nieces, nephews and cousins.  He also leaves behind his closest friend, side kick and buddy Roger Whalen – together they could fix the unfixable.  He had several special neighbors that could be considered family including Bruce & Lucinda Wakefield, Tim & Joanne Lentz and Paula Compton.

After high school, Murdock worked on the water until joining the Army, 101st Airborne Infantry Division, serving in the Korean War.  When he returned from the war, he began a 41 year career at Dresser Wayne in Salisbury and continued to work on the water throughout his life.  After retirement he supervised a crew for his son David’s landscaping business Yardwork’s for 15 years.  After slowing down a little, he was a fantastic handyman and jack of all trades at H & H Furniture in Pocomoke.  He was a member of the Fairmount Volunteer Fire Department, Christ United Methodist Church and a 60 plus year member of the American Legion Post 94.  Murdock was a pillar in the community and was always there to lend a hand to anyone that needed it.  He never met a stranger and to know him was to love him, despite his reputation for having few words to say.  Being a patriot, he took it upon himself a duty to decorate the entrance to Rumbley with American Flags for patriotic holidays.

Murdock had a love for buying and selling antiques, being the first to hit up a yard sale and even dive in a dumpster or two to find treasures.  He had a deep love for Rumbley and living a simple life on the water.  When the gnats weren’t biting you could find him out back on his favorite point, with a fishing pole in his hand.  He never used curse words, but could often be heard saying the word “Mercy”, which could be a good or bad thing.  In recent years, one of his favorite activities was Sunday Dinner with his close family.  Those Sunday afternoons will be missed beyond measure.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 11:00 at Hinman Funeral Home, 11673 Somerset Ave., Princess Anne, Md. where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Reverend Nolan Ford will officiate.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to the Fairmount Volunteer Fire Department, 27407 Fairmount Road, Westover, MD 21871.

 

6 comments to Linwood Meredith “Murdock” Holland

  • Joe, Sandi & Shane

    Mr. Murdock was a wonderful gentleman. The nicest person you could ever have the pleasure of knowing! Our thoughts & prayers are with the family.

  • Nancy Bloxom

    What a beautiful tribute. Prayers to the family. Nancy

  • Glenn & Chris

    I had great respect for Murdock. His soft spoken voice and his kindness made him a mans man. He was also very honest and worked hard all his life. There is a code of honor among men and it is: ” You cannot measure a man by his weight in gold, but only by his Faith, Character, Honor, and commitment to his family and friends” and I feel Mr Murdock had these qualities. He will be greatly missed.

  • TRACY POLLITT

    I HAVE KNOWN MR. MURDOCK MY ENTIRE LIFE. HE WAS A VERY KIND, GENTLE MAN AND A TRUE FRIEND TO MY FATHER. I HAVE LOTS OF MEMORIES OF HIM BUT THE BEST ONES ARE WHEN FAIRMOUNT HAD A HUGE SNOW STORM IN 1978. YOU COULDNT EVEN MOVE IN FAIRMOUNT, I DONT THINK I DROVE FOR A WEEK. BUT THE DAY AFTER THE STORM, WHEN ALL THE WEATHERMEN WERE TELLING EVERYONE TO STAY OFF THE ROADS, THERE WERE TWO THAT MOTHER NATURE WOULDNT STOP, ELMER AND MURDOCK. THEY HAD TO GET TO DRESSER TO WORK AND INDEED THEY DID! I HONESTLY THINK THEY WERE PROBABLY THE ONLY TWO ON SOMERSET COUNTY ROADWAYS THAT DAY, OTHER THAN SNOW WORKERS. MR MURDOCK WAS ALSO KNOWN FOR SITTING IN HIS CHAIR DRESSED UP ON HALLOWEEN NITE AND SCARING THE PANTS OFF YOU WHEN YOU WENT UP TO GET CANDY. SO MANY MEMORIES OF THIS MAN. MY WISH FOR THIS FAMILY IS THAT I WISH WE COULD HAVE STAYED CHILDREN A LITTLE LONGER TO ENJOY THE DAYS WHEN OUR PARENTS WERE YOUNGER, STRONGER AND HEALTHIER. KNOW THAT YOUR FATHER, GRANDFATHER, BROTHER ETC. IS UP IN HEAVEN IN A BETTER PLACE, SEEING SO MANY FACES THAT ARE SO KNOWN TO HIM AND WAITING FOR THE REST. LOVE AND HUGS TO ALL OF YOU.

  • Sue Ellen Nolan-Greeby

    Murdock was a blessing to everyone who knew him. Calling him friend was a privlege and made my part time residency in Rumbley a more pleasant experience. When we die the only thing we take to heaven with us is our love, but we leave some behind too, with the memories left with our loved ones. Murdock left many of us with some great memories to cherish until we see him again. My deepest sympathy to family, friends and loved ones.

  • Gary & Pam Catlin

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. We all know he is in a better place!

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