Richard A. Holtz
Richard A. Holtz
  • October 14, 1939 - August 12, 2017
  • Clearwater, Florida

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Dr. Richard A. Holtz, 77 years old, passed away on August 12, 2017 in Clearwater, Florida. Richard was an accomplished and well respected Board Certified Vascular and Thoracic Surgeon who touched countless lives through his practice in Largo, Florida.

Richard was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He was the son of Albert Holtz, an accomplished Chemist, and Lillian Selkowitz, a Physical Therapist. While growing up, he was active in his school's extracurricular activities and volunteered as a fireman. He met his wonderful wife of 45 years, Judy Kaleda, in a New Jersey hospital while attending medical school at the Chicago College of Osteopathy. Throughout his medical training and career, he belonged to several medical organizations and associations. As a family man, he earned his pilot’s license, enjoyed photography, was a certified scuba diver, and enjoyed traveling with his family. After retirement and with the passing of his wife in 2010, he began volunteering at Morton Plant Hospital with the Day Surgery Department.

Richard was an adored father, a treasured grandfather, and a loyal friend who deeply loved his family and friends and was beloved by many. He will truly be missed but will live on in the hearts of the many that love and remember him. Richard is survived by his three children: Kimberly Uhle, Karen Jimenez, Tim Holtz, and their spouses and children, and his brother Dr. Jerry Holtz and his family.

A memorial service will be held on August 27, 2017 at 2:00 at the Serenity Funeral Home in Largo, FL. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you honor Richard's life with memorial contributions made to the American Heart Association or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.