James David Holmes

Julie’s father, James David Holmes, passed away last night in Napanee hospital.


Holmes, James David of Moscow Ontario

November 6, 1930 – May 4, 2013

Jim passed away in Lennox and Addington Hospital, Napanee, ON following a stubborn fight with an unbeatable infection. His quick mind, sensitive nature and wicked sense of humour live on. Jim left us reluctantly in the presence of his sweetheart, his wife of sixty years, Vera Holmes and his children. His body was done. His spirit, strong. The gifts of peace and serenity, received. “We cannot direct the wind, but we can trim our sails.”

Jim, together with Vera, raised a strong and talented family and the spirits of all those around them in Moscow, Ontario. They cultivated potatoes and the best friends and neighbours in the world.

Jim was born in Oungre, Saskatchewan. He moved to Ontario in 1941 and to Moscow with his parents in 1949. Jim became a radio operator when he joined the Royal Canadian Navy, September 1951 and during his 5 year service he attended Queen Elizabeth II coronation and was stationed for 13 months on Padloping Island in the Arctic. He married ‘Vee’ on Valentine’s Day, 1953 on board the HMCS Magnificent in Halifax Harbour. Jim and Vera, with their growing family, settled in Moscow in 1959. Hard work, loyalty and his good nature stood him well from his hire at the Terylene Plant (Milhaven Fibres) in 1950 to early retirement from the (now) Celanese Plant. Upon “retirement” in June, 1989 Jim was hired by Hawthorne Security as a guard for the plant, where he worked until August 1999. He embraced email blogging, keeping close to “kids” near and far, who looked forward each morning to his comments on the weather, the world or the potato plant count. He thrived on grandchildren, family gatherings ‘round the kitchen table, rummoli, cribbage, songs and laughter, the morning coffee club and Vera’s love and attention.

Jim was predeceased by his parents Janet (Jean) Emily Holmes (Casselman), Vera’s mother-in-law for 59 years, and Ferdinand David Rankin Holmes and his brother and sister in law, Leslie Jonathan “Jack” and Ethel Holmes (Dusang), brothers-in-law Phillip O’Grady, Wendell Oliver Holmes, Michael Gratz, Bert Mullen and great niece Rebecca Witherspoon.

Much loved and sorely missed by his siblings, Ronald (Mary) Holmes of Coquitlam BC and Janet Ferguson of Carleton Place, ON and siblings-in-law Elsie Clark, Doreen Gratz (Steve Dudzinski), Hazel Mullen and Herbert Holmes (Lynne).

Sad beyond words to have to say goodbye are his children Corrie (Brenda) Holmes, Julie (Brad) Emond, Susan (Ron) Tollett, Krista (Jim) Storey, Quentin (Kelly) Holmes.

Cherished Grandfather of Joel and Robin, Jaime, Jordan, Kristin and Emily, Jacob, Randi and Sean, Adam and Harrison, Isaac and Peyton,.

Great Grandfather of Kylie, Melodie and Lukah

Deeply missed by many, many nieces and nephews from coast to coast that dearly loved their Uncle Jim.

Funeral arrangements to follow.

8 thoughts on “James David Holmes

  1. Karen and Nathan

    Sending our Love and Prayers during the loss of your Dad. We also know you have amazing memories of a wonderful Father which warms our hearts.
    Karen and Nathan

  2. Danny

    Saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. May he rest in peace. Thinking of you all.

  3. Cousin Barge

    Such a loving tribute to a kind and gentle man.
    I loved him and I will miss him.
    His great smile and great laugh, are forever etched in my memory, (and him driving the Green Torino for some reason).
    Love to all of your family.

  4. Lola Wright

    A beautiful tribute and such a perfect photo to depict the spirit of such a wonderful man. He is so alive in all of you and that truly is a blessing. Missing you in Grande Prairie but happy you are where you need to be!

    Hugs from here!

    Frank and Lola

  5. Brenda

    Sad news about Uncle Jim – so sorry… His gentle demeanor and wonderful sense of humour will be missed, Love Brenda

  6. Karen McGriskin

    We did not have the privilege of meeting James but feel we know him through the wonderful tribute you’ve scripted! Sorry for your loss Julie and Brad our hearts are with you both and your family.

    Karen and Will

  7. tanya hicks

    Sorry for your loss . Jim was my father’s first cousin.

    My grandma Margaret Hicks and his mother Jean Holms were sisters.

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