Remembering the Hollands
The University of Connecticut community mourns the loss of a dedicated, hardworking couple
who passed away Thursday in a car accident on their way to work.
“It’s hard to be calling people to come from home in the middle of a snowstorm or hurricane,
but these were the people who always showed up. That’s the kind of employees they were,” said Mary
Ann Ives, a supervisor of Norman (Butch) and Holly Holland in the Facilities and Building Operations
Department at the University of Connecticut.
Despite being busy parents of three children, now 20, 18, and 11 years old, over the years of
service to the University they always braved the weather and made it to UConn in order to help the
“They were in this work for the students,” said Ives, “they never lost sight of that.”
The Holland couple, residents of Willimantic, who were killed in a car accident on Thursday
morning, spent the last ten years of their lives working as housekeepers for UConn’s Facilities and
Building Operations Department. Holly Holland worked first in Hale-Ellsworth and then switched to
Shippee Hall, where she worked for most of her career. Butch began work in North, but after a
promotion, moved to the West Residence Halls.
“He [Butch] was so friendly! I would see him in the hallway and he would say hi! It was really
nice to see a friendly face like his at 8 in the morning!” said Emillie Wright, a former resident of West
“They were really good people,” said Ives, “kind hearted. They were always very supportive of
their coworkers. Helping others out if they needed a ride to work and so on.”
In addition to being active members of the UConn community, the Hollands were very religious
and involved members of the Catholic Church and the Girl and Boy scouts, said Ives. They loved to go
camping in their time off.
The couple’s deaths have made a significant impact on their former department and the
University as a whole.
On Thursday afternoon, “we gathered as a department just to spend some time together,” Ives
The department recognizes the need to move on from the tragedy but they know that leaving
time to recover and cope is essential.
“We will not rush things,” Ives said. “We will leave time for everyone to heal.”
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