Curtis J. Holt’s Sons was established in 1930 by Wallace S. Holt. A storefront operation in the North End soon shifted to the family’s home on Rockland Avenue. It was then that the longtime partnership with his brother, Randolph C. Holt had developed. In 1935, a third brother, Howard M. Holt, joined them. In 1943, the present location was purchased. It is the original Victorian mansion of Frederick Harris, of the Harris and Mowry Department Store. Dedicated to serving their community, the primarily protestant firm grew stronger and more firmly embedded in the city’s landscape.
In 1956, Wallace’s son, Howard R. Holt, entered the family business and helped to develop the reputation it still enjoys today. Facing the challenges of social and industrial growth in the area, Howard devoted over 45 years to creating the standards of excellence that transcended the social barriers and elevated the firm to the unique position of leading ecumenical funeral home of Woonsocket.
In 1987, Cynthia Noble joined the firm and in 1992 purchased the business from the Holt family. Over 30 years, the Holt Funeral Home has grown in numerous ways. In 1996, there was an expansion of the facility, which included a large viewing room in order to meet the needs of the increased number of families served. In 2004, Cindi married Jim Gallagher and together they worked tirelessly to maintain the same standards of excellence that the Holt Funeral Home is known for.
As volume of business continued to increase, the Holt Funeral Home required additional Funeral Directors and staff to provide our community, a compassionate, young and energetic team. In 2015, Cindi developed an Aftercare program, establishing a complete and well rounded, full service funeral home. Today, as an owner-operated firm, it appears the transitions were seamless.