Read the obituary for Julie Dimperio Holowach

The 63-year-old was killed Monday in a shark attack off Maine's Bailey Island.

Julie Dimperio Holowach. —Provided

Friends and relatives of the woman killed this week in Maine’s first recorded fatal shark attack are remembering the 63-year-old for her passion for running, traveling, and getting involved in her community.

Julie Dimperio Holowach died Monday when she was attacked by a great white shark while swimming about 20 yards off the shore of Bailey Island in Harpswell, Maine. The 63-year-old was a seasonal resident of Harpswell, spending the summer months in Maine with her husband, Al, and winters in Naples, Florida, according to her obituary. 

“She loved all things botanical, daily tending to her gardens in Maine and volunteering at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine, and the Naples Botanical Gardens in Naples, Florida,” her loved ones wrote in her obituary. “She was President of Kipling Bags and served on the board of directors for Sea Bags of Portland. Julie enjoyed running, twice running the New York City Marathon, she also ran in the New York City half marathon, the Cape Cod half marathon and participated in the South Beach Nautica Triathlon. She enjoyed golfing with family and friends, travelling, and organized a wine and golf group in Maine.”

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Friends and relatives are invited to visiting hours on Friday in Brunswick, but the memorial service will be held privately due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full obituary for Dimperio Holowach, shared by Brackett Funeral Home, below: 

Julie Ann Holowach 63, died Monday, July 27, in Harpswell, ME. Julie was born November 20, 1956 in the Bronx, NY, to Frank and Shirley (King) Dimperio. She grew up in the Bronx, graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She was married to Aleck M. Holowach in Ardsley, NY, on November 26, 1994. Julie and Al lived in Naples, FL, during the winter months and Harpswell in the summer. She loved all things botanical, daily tending to her gardens in Maine and volunteering at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, ME, and the Naples Botanical Gardens in Naples, FL. She was President of Kipling Bags and served on the board of directors for Sea Bags of Portland. Julie enjoyed running, twice running the New York City Marathon, she also ran in the New York City half marathon, the Cape Cod half marathon and participated in the South Beach Nautica Triathlon. She enjoyed golfing with family and friends, travelling, and organized a wine and golf group in Maine. She was a member of the Orr’s and Bailey Island Yacht Club and volunteered cooking meals at Harpswell Aging Home.

She is survived by her husband, Aleck M. Holowach of Naples, FL, and Harpswell, ME, and her children: Dean Holowach, Alexandra Holowach, Brian and Jill (wife) Holowach, Scott and Monique (wife) Holowach, Andrew and Terri (wife) Holowach; as well as grandchildren and her sister and brother-in-law, Carol (Dimperio) and Frank Durso.

Friends and relatives may visit from 4 to 6 PM Friday, July 31 at Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St. in Brunswick. With respect to the COVID-19 restrictions, a Memorial Service will be private. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a memorial contribution to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay, ME 04537 or to the Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL 34112.

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