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Breathing life into Skaneateles Courtyard

Gary Robinson, who taught Holland in sixth grade, coached him as the #1 singles tennis player in Skaneateles from seventh through 12th grade, and hired him to work at Rosalie's Cucina (where he became the youngest and most popular waiter), said the courtyard is a fitting dedication "to one of the finest young men I have ever known."

Robinson said he thanks the Greggs for "keeping Herm's memory alive, especially at school." (Until he went to college, Holland was known as "Herm" a childhood nick name).

George Sturiale, a high school English teacher, said he remembers Holland "as a mature, respectful, straightforward young man with a positive attitude and sincere desire to learn and to grow."

Math teacher Mike Baier remembers "Herm" as an "awesome kid" who was one of the strongest math students he ever taught. In addition, he said, "the fact that he was also so interested and dedicated to his responsibilities made him a joy to teach."

At Skaneateles Middle School, "Herm" is also remembered as someone who stood out. "He was always a terrific kid," said Sharon O'Connell, librarian. "Kids loved him; we loved him. His death was a great loss."

The Greggs said they chose the high school courtyard project as a memorial because it is a student-led project that their son would have appreciated. The environment was important to him, as it is to his family.

It will also be fitting for people to be able to "find him" at Skaneateles High School. "He was a friend to everyone in his class. I don't think he had a single bad day when he went through this high school," said his father, who graduated from SCS in 1968. His mother, Patience Brewster, is from the class of 1970. The couple's daughter, Marietta, is from the class of 1999.

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