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Mr. John Hartley Holdsworth
December 05, 2019


Carlisle, MA –
John Hartley Holdsworth, 62, of Carlisle, MA and Naples, ME, and formally of Andover, MA, died at home with his wife by his side on December 5, 2019 following his valiant and gracious battle with metastatic prostate cancer.

He was born on June 20, 1957 and grew up in Andover, MA, graduating Andover High School in 1977. The son of the late Gordon H. Sr. and Patricia A. (Smith) Holdsworth, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Steven Holdsworth.

He is survived by his beloved wife Patti Conlon Holdsworth of more than 21 years; adored stepson, Eric M. Kelling, his wife Nikki Imbergamo-Kelling and cherished grandson, Bodhi John Kelling of Stoneham, MA; dear brother, Gordon “Chip” Holdsworth, Jr. and his wife Kathy of Methuen, MA; three nieces, Kim Nardiff and her husband Sean of Salem, NH, Kristin Masini and her husband Chip of Connecticut, Allison Holdsworth of Alabama; a nephew, Mark Holdsworth and his wife Cathy of Texas; a grand-niece, several grand-nephews and cousins; as well as many friends and extended family members.

John Hartley worked in the construction & property management industry for over 32 years and was a certified Massachusetts Construction Supervisor and Home Improvement Contractor. Prior to joining S.B.L.I. in Woburn, MA where he was employed as the Facilities Manager for 8 years, he operated his own property management and construction companies. He had also been employed by TD Bank North, formally Andover Bank, for several years.

John Hartley will be remembered for his knowledge and love of cars. Owning classic automobiles, he enjoyed working on them himself and cruising in New England with his wife. He treasured spending time in Maine and New Hampshire: fishing the Androscoggin River in Errol, NH, boating on Long Lake in Naples, ME, golfing on the several courses around the lakes region, and snowmobiling around the Connecticut Lakes in NH; sharing so many memorable experiences with friends and family. He could be counted on for a good story about past events with others, remembering the most minute details. He liked attending auctions and antiquing, and was known for his vinyl album collection and as an avid Red Sox, Patriots and Bruin fan. He touched many lives, collecting countless friendships, with his thoughtfulness, kindness, gentleness, sense of humor and overall positive attitude, especially through his illness. He leaves vast memories with, and will be missed by, all who knew him.

Calling hours will be held at Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home, 390 North Main Street, Andover, MA 01810 on Sunday, January 5, 2020 from 1 to 5PM. Immediately following, a Life to Celebrate Gathering will be held at Andiamo Restaurant, 18 Boston Road, Chelmsford, MA. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that gifts in John’s memory be given to a charity of their choice or to The MGH Fund, For additional information, please visit

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Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home
390 North Main Street
Andover, MA 01810