About 2019 Honorary Mayor Candidate Tim Holick
I became a Middleborough resident when I was 3 years old. I went on to graduate at Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical School in 1977. I married my wife, Nancy, in 1988, and we had our daughter, Gina, in 1989 who expanded our family, which including Nancy’s daughter, Julie, to four. I now have two grandsons, Jack and Jay (11 & 12), through Julie. We learn so much through the eyes of our children and grandchildren.
I am the owner of Wood Palace Kitchens, Inc. on Mill Street in Middleborough. At Bristol Plymouth, I studied to be a cabinet maker/ carpenter. My first job was framing homes, condos, and office buildings for Marione Builders out of Easton. In 1979, I planned to start a business out of my backyard. That’s how and where Wood Palace Kitchens was born. Wood Palace Kitchens is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with plans for many events. Wood Palace Kitchens serves many of the builders in this area, along with many retail and remodeling clients. Dream First is a concept and a book that I wrote years back that helps people through the process and the many choices that clients face.
I am active in the community with area schools, Burt Wood School of Performing Arts, and numerous charities. I have been a past Director on the Board of Director of the Cranberry Chamber of Commerce and am still a member there, along with being a member of the Metro South and Taunton Chambers. I am the current Chair of the Bristol Plymouth Technical High School Committee for Raynham, on which I have served for the last five years. Also I was a mentor for the Taunton School to Work program for five years. I played semi-pro football for the Middleboro Cobras back in the late 1970s and am a Club Seat member at Gillette Stadium and the New England Patriots. I host a radio show, Food-A-Holick on WVBF 1530 AM on Fridays from 11 to noon.
Candidates much choose an “Honorary Deputy Mayor” running-mate, a deceased person from Middleborough’s past, and campaign with this person. Tim chose Louise Holick (1925-2011), and submitted this biography:
I chose my mother, Louise (DiMeo) Holick as my Deputy Mayor running-mate. She grew up on a farm in Bridgewater where her family grew raspberries and produce. She married Walter Holick and they raised 5 children (I was the middle child). My parents moved to Middleborough when I was 3 years old. We lived on Center Street near Central Cemetery. In 1972, my dad died of a heart attack at the age of 48, when I was 13. My twin younger brothers, 8 years old at the time, and I were the three children living at home. My older brother Mike and my older sister Judy had both married and moved away married. To support her remaining family, Mom got a job at Alden Shoe and she was a Skiver for many years.
My mother was a big influence in my life. The strength that she showed in times of adversity after my dad passed in 1972 was extraordinary. Many women would have quit or given her children away, but mom was a rock. I learned adversity at a very young age and the model that my mother set was easy to follow. Kind, hardworking and smart were traits that she carried all of her life. I am lucky to have her in my life. Her whole life was about her kids and the perfection of her craft.
Louise passed at the age of 86 and was buried at Saint Thomas Aquinas Cemetery in Bridgewater, alongside her husband Walter.
Candidates must also choose a “Supported Cause or Organization”, an entity which improves Middleborough’s future, and campaign with this entity as well. Tim chose to promote the "Make-A-Wish MA&RI”, & he explains why:
Wood Palace Kitchens and I have been supporting Make-A-Wish for years. We began a campaign in 2007 and have been running it ever since. We donate $2.00 per cabinet sold by Wood Palace Kitchens each year.
Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. According to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 500 children in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are newly diagnosed with critical illnesses each year. Our vision is to grant the wish of every medically eligible child. Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island began its joy-filled journey in 1987 when a little girl named Colleen, who had Niemann-Pick disease, made a simple wish for a family trip to York Beach in Maine. Since granting this first wish, our organization has made dreams come true for over 8,000 children in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Every wish experience begins with a referral.