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Trevor Anthony Christopher Holtham

September 12, 1944 ~ February 21, 2020 (age 75)

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A Life of Love and Dreams Fulfilled

 

Born on Sept 15, 1944, in Jamaica, West Indies, Trevor Anthony Christopher Holtham died peacefully in his sleep at Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital, New York City on February 21, 2020.  He spent his childhood in Jamaica in the care of his loving grandmother and at age five he emigrated to the United States to be reunited with his mother, Trina Barracks in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Despite an undiagnosed learning disability, he read voraciously and studied world events, educating himself in world history and politics. After high school, he joined the Army, serving in Korea before being stationed in California. As a teenager in Brooklyn, Trevor was an integral part of Doo-Wop Culture, playing the flute and jamming with the Last Poets, a forerunner of American Hip-Hop. He married his high school sweetheart, Esther Louise Scriven. They lived in California before returning to New York City, and parented two children, Trevor Jemal Holtham and Jason Rashaan Holtham.

 

After honorable military service, Trevor joined United Parcel Service, but eventually left to embark on his lifelong love of medicine and science, studying to be an X-ray technician, joining the staff of Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. He retired after more than twenty-five years of outstanding service.  Trevor grew professionally as technology advanced, working as a technician, to then operating the CAT scan, to advanced MRIs, rising to the top of his field.

 

Intensely drawn to nature, Trevor loved horticulture, and particularly orchids.  His love of nature extended to a deep appreciation of art and especially photography. Trevor continued to nurture these appreciations while working full-time and raising his two sons, an accomplishment that he often said was among the most important and defining periods of his life. 

 

Generosity of spirit and action was a core element of Trevor’s life and he played an integral role in supporting his sister, Valerie in fulfilling her dream of becoming a lawyer, as well as nurturing, mentoring, and guiding countless others.

 

Meeting his life partner and second wife, Gwyndolyn Holtham, he fulfilled his dream of buying an idyllic property in his native Jamaica where he could grow orchids and hibiscus. It was there that he spent some of the happiest days of his life.  Over more than twenty-five years, Trevor and Gwen cultivated deep relationships not only with the land but also with the local community in Jamaica, becoming respected and loved members of the Billy’s Bay community. With a zest for life, Trevor and Gwen traveled Europe and extensively throughout the U.S., though they always returned to their beloved Jamaican property.

 

Perhaps what Trevor is best known for was his fierce and nearly obsessive consumption of U.S. politics and history.  He read the New York Times cover to cover, monitored the political landscape with relish, and enjoyed a good conversation.

 

The quintessential New Yorker, Trevor served for many years as a board member of his Manhattan coop apartment.

 

In his more than twenty-year retirement, Trevor’s deepest happiness came from relationships, especially with his wife, children, and grandchildren.   The anchor of the family, Trevor and Gwen hosted nearly every family holiday gathering, and Trevor relished cooking every dish.

 

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Gwyndolyn, father Aston, sons Trevor Jemal and Jason Rashaan, stepsons David and Robert, brothers Lewis Lloyd and Milton, sisters Valerie,  Lesa-Kaye, and Melany, and five grandchildren: Callie, Maisie, Joseph, Lulu, and Maya.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Flippable (http://flippable.org/) which focuses on flipping states from "red" to "blue."

 

A life celebration is planned in New York City for the early Spring 2020, with details to follow. His cremated ashes will be returned to Jamaica, at the ocean and beach he loved, under the shade of the lignum vitae.


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