Randall Holden

Obituary of Randall D Holden

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Randall Dodd Holden, 71, died Thursday, January 28th, 2021 at Inspira Hospital in Vineland, NJ. Born on December 14, 1949 in Brooklyn, NY to Florence Owen Dodd and Edward Packard Holden III. He survived his loving companion Mary Engleman. Leaving to hold his memory are his daughters Roberta Holden, Bettina Di Grazia, Mary Affourtit, his sons Thomas Engleman and Brian Affourtit and Mads George, his grandchildren Austin, Lexi, Alex, Ethan, Preston, Simon, Ella and Noah. As well as his brother Sanford Holden. Randy attended Montclair High School. He then attended Lakemont Academy in Lakemont, NY, graduating the class of 1968. But before finishing his education he found a family and adoration with the Boy Scouts of America. Randy grew up with a passion for living his best life, he led by example. He developed a love for anything nature. He grew fond of sailing in the ocean, rafting down the river and spent most of his younger years in the water in between scouting events. He worked for over 30 years in the automotive industry finally retiring from Toyota as a Certified Master Technician. Randy always strived to become the best at whatever he was doing and loved giving back to his scouting community. Beginning as a cub scout in 1957 he quickly rose through the program, striving to achieve new ranks along his way. He crossed the bridge into Boy Scouts in 1961 a scouter from Pack/Troop#7 in Upper Montclair, NJ. There he earned his Eagle Scout Award and God and Country in 1965. As the Order of the Arrow lodge advisor and a member of the Properties Committee he coordinated and ran a highly successful Beaver Day Program with his daughters by his side at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation for 11 years and it was then he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award in 1990. Throughout his life he attended or served as a leader or staff member for numerous National Jamborees, Philmont Treks, National Order of the Arrow Conferences and the World Fair in 1964-65. Randy and Mary devoted their time volunteering as Camp Masters at Camp Glen Gray in Mahwah, NJ . For 60 years he attended Camp Glen Gray always on or leading a work crew. He is a member of the Old Guard and always volunteering on the camps master crew. He was most known for installing and removing the docks at the waterfront every Spring and Fall for the summer camp program. Between seasons and his time at camp, Randy spent most of his days teaching, organizing and displaying scouting memorabilia. He was a member of the crew for the Century Scouting Foundation's Mysterium Compass Vault Museum at the 2010 National Jamboree, the single largest display of scouting memorabilia in the world. It was then that he was able to create and help establish a scouting museum in Millville, NJ. He was an honorable trustee and historian for The Henry P. Hansen Museum Garden State Council, BSA and The New Jersey Scout Museum in Morganville, NJ not affiliated with BSA. He remained active in the collecting hobby and sharing his knowledge of both Boy and Girl Scout memorabilia with other museums and hobbyists. In both these museums he shared his knowledge with BSA facts and history curating the museum artifacts, scout patch designs and displays. Randy loved to travel, experiencing every corner of our country. He was always one of the first on his way to the National Jamborees, setting up tables to display patch collections at Trade-O Rees or the first of friends to ride the nearest roller coaster. He has such passion for living his best life. He lived his life like he rode the roller coasters, hands up, smile ear to ear, hair blown back by the wind screaming Yaaaa- Hoooo what a ride!! If what we know to be true of our beloved Randy he is up in heaven completing his patch collection with all the impossible pieces he was unable to obtain on Earth singing along to the music of Neil Diamond or Alabama. A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. Randy was an exemplary individual to the scouting program and everyone that knew him. He will be greatly missed at the upcoming Jamborees, Trade-O Ree, within the walls of the museum and throughout every acre in camp. We are keeping his services to his immediate loved ones at this time. Due to the pandemic the famiy wishes to keep all that loved Randy healthy and safe. There will be a memorial service in the near future, where we will leave Randy to eternal rest and rename the waterfront in his memory. Times and dates TBD and will be announced accordingly. Arrangements are under the direction of Newbaker Funeral Home, 200 Route 94, Blairstown, NJ 07825. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Camp Glen Gray in memorial of Randy Holden, 200 Midvale Mountain Road, Mahway, NJ 07430.
Friday
5
February

Funeral Service

Friday, February 5, 2021
Newbaker Funeral Home
200 Rt. 94
Blairstown, New Jersey, United States
Friday
5
February

Visitation at Funeral Home

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday, February 5, 2021
Newbaker Funeral Home
200 Rt. 94
Blairstown, New Jersey, United States

Final Resting Place

H.G. Smith Crematory
2120 North 5th Street
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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