David Cortez Holiday Jr. was born to the late David Cortez Holiday Sr. and Gina Louise Ann Montague on December 19, 1983 at Brookdale hospital in Brooklyn, NY.
David completed his formative education in Brooklyn. He attended P.S. 274 elementary school, then was accepted into I.S. 383 Philipa Schuyler Middle School for the Gifted and Talented. He completed middle school at I.S. 162 and attended Grover Cleveland HS. After high school, David joined the US National Guard at age 17. He received his GED in 2006.
David aka Holly aka Duke (nicknamed by his father) grew up on Jefferson Ave in Brooklyn, where he lived with his parents, siblings, and Nana, whom he loved dearly and cared for until her passing. He was baptized at Holy Sacred Baptist church by the late Rev. John Christopher, which he attended regularly as a child with his grandmother Rosa. David was a jovial and comedic child who loved to joke around and play pranks on his unsuspecting sisters. David was very protective of his mother and sisters, especially after his father’s untimely passing at a very young age. As a young child, David was his father’s shadow and they would often dress alike (if David Sr. wore a red sweater, David Jr. wore an identical one). David was a true “mama’s boy”; they loved each other deeply and spent lots of time together. At family events, usually when you saw Gina, you saw David. At age 13, David began working summer internships with Collective Source, Inc. He worked in various places over the years including as a paralegal assistant at Clarke & Bourne law firm. David was a loving stepfather to Aaliyah & Xavier and went above & beyond for them. David’s favorite hobbies included BMX bikes, basketball, rollerblading, video games, and he often spent time in the studio recording rap music (YouTube: Holidae – Hippe S**t) and learning studio engineering. David was a free spirit who unapologetically lived life on his own terms. He was happiest when he was with his chosen tribe of family and friends. He was intelligent, funny, loyal, creative, and wise beyond his years.
David transitioned on October 21, 2023 at Columbia Presbyterian hospital in Manhattan, NY. He will be laid to rest with his father.
David is preceded in death by his father David Holiday Sr.; great-grandmother (Nana) Eleanor Bowser, grandmothers Rosa Holiday & Freida Montague; grandfathers Johnny Holiday & Eugene Montague; uncles Leonard Bowser and Gene Montague; and niece Nora Melton.
David is survived by his mother Gina Holiday; sisters Takenya Holiday, Dyani Melton, Chanise Holiday; children Aaliyah & Xavier Nelson; nieces and nephews Josiah Moore, Preston Moore, Zara Boateng, Tyson Boateng, Mari Melton, Makai Melton; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who all love and will miss him dearly.