Auburn - James Bryan Holmes, 81, of Greene, ME, formerly of Duxbury and Chelmsford, MA, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s, at Hospice House of Androscoggin in Auburn. James was born June 29, 1935 to Golden B. and Dorothy P. (Donald) Holmes in Oswego, NY. He was a graduate of Buckfield High School, and received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. He married his beloved wife, Janice Pulsifer of Turner in 1957. She passed away in 2016. James prided himself on being an Eagle Scout, a Mason and a Shriner, a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, a longtime owner of the small business Almor, and a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed working in his gardens while searching for Native American artifacts, collecting books and minerals, metal detecting for historical objects, music, theatre, and driving his ATV and John Deere around his property. James highly valued intelligence, and used his quick wit to engage in debates and elaborate practical jokes with his family. An avid “rockhound” and history buff, he most enjoyed sharing his extensive expertise of these areas with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. James is survived by his daughters; Wendy Holmes and Lynda (Donald) Peterson; his grandchildren; Heather Smith, Adam (Holly) Peterson, Alyssa (Daniel) McGonagle and Robert Peterson; and great-grandchildren; Brendan and Connor Smith, Kara, Leah, Jesse, and Tabitha Peterson, and Faith, James, and Liberty McGonagle. He was predeceased by his wife, Janice. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him. Messages of condolence may be sent to: www.finleyfuneralhome.com
Holmes – James Bryan, 81, of Greene, Maine, formerly of Duxbury and Chelmsford, MA, passed away, Saturday, April 01, 2017 in Auburn, Maine. Funeral service with full military honors will be held 2PM, Saturday, April 8th at BRAGDON~FINLEY FUNERAL HOME, 707 Main Street, Monmouth, Maine. Visitation will be held from 1-2 PM prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Interment in the spring at River Grove Cemetery, River Road, Leeds, Maine. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C Scarborough, ME 04074
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