E. Allen Holbrook
E. Allen Holbrook
  • June 9, 1919 - August 13, 2017
  • Richmond, New Hampshire

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The final wishes of Elmer Allen Holbrook, Jr. were answered when he went to be with the Lord on his wife, Nancy's birthday, passing away on August 13, 2017 at the age of 98, in his ancestral home built in 1780, in Richmond, NH.

Elmer, also known to his family and friends as Allen, came into the world on June 9, 1919 in Washington, DC, to his parents, Edith Laura (Brookfield) and Elmer Allen Holbrook, Sr.

Allen's beloved family farm was leased from Allen's father by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department to establish a trout raising hatchery. Thus the name of the road became known as the Fish Hatchery Road. The State abandoned the successful operation in 1983 when they secured the larger federal hatchery in Berlin, NH as a replacement.

Over the years, his family spent their summer months at the farm in Richmond. In Allen's earlier years, while summering in Richmond, he attended Camp Wiyaka for 11 years.

Allen graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. While in college, he tried out with the Pittsburg Pirates MLB team as a shortstop. However, a knee injury prevented him from actually signing with the Pirates.

Following graduation, he immediately went to work for ten years with the United States Steel Corp in Youngstown, Ohio, becoming a maintenance foreman. He then spent five years with Pittsburgh Screw and Bolt as a plant superintendent.

Moving to Oakland, CA, Allen worked for 26 years with Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation. Over this time, he built up operations in Argentina and Australia. In his later years, Allen became the Corporate Vice-President, and also President of International Operations.

Allen played most sports in school and kept pace with all of the sport teams wherever he lived. Keeping his mind active, Allen read two newspapers a day and a book a month. He also kept the telephone company busy with his many phone calls statewide and to many foreign locations, as he preferred to hear a friendly voice rather than rely on the computer and email. He also enjoyed patronizing casinos across the country in his later years.

With the passing of his high school sweetheart and wife of 67 years, Nancy May (Robling) Holbrook in 2008, Allen made a permanent home on the farm in Richmond.

He will be greatly missed by many friends around the world, but especially by his younger sister, Ruth Graeff of Peterborough, NH; his many nieces, nephews, cousins and god children; and his two special friends whom kept in constant contact with him so he could live full-time at his home, Linda Christo and Jean Schneider.

Allen will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Nancy, in the Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park, PA on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 11:00AM.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 11:00AM in the Richmond Community United Methodist Church, 11 Fitzwilliam Road, Richmond, NH. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

For those who wish, donations may be made in Mr. Holbrook's memory to Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services, PO Box 564, Keene, NH 03431-0564, or to the Richmond Community United Methodist Church, 11 Fitzwilliam Road, Richmond, NH 03470.