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John J. Holmes Jr., 96

January 29, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — John James Holmes Jr., 96, of North Adams, Mass., died Monday, January 29, 2018, at Williamstown Commons.

He was born in North Adams, Mass., on October 31, 1921, son of John James and Lena (Morris) Holmes. He attended local schools including the Drury High School. John was a veteran of World War II and served in the US Army Air Corps in New Guinea, Okinawa and the Philippines.

John first worked at Cornish Wire Co. After the war, he began working with Betti Oil Company and later worked with Hayden Oil. He was last employed by Ted Pierce Oil Co. until his retirement.

John loved to sing and also enjoyed walking and jazz music. He was a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Jeannette C. (Lanoue) Holmes, whom he married on June 14, 1947; one daughter, Jacqueline A. Geoffrion and her husband, Louis, of Adams, Mass.; one son, James C. Holmes of North Adams; three granddaughters, Jessica Lynn Tatro and her husband, Ejay, Stephany Onorato and her husband, Greg, and Allyson Holmes; three great-grandchildren, Rylee Tatro, Reed Tatro and Macy Onorato; and nieces and nephews.  

Two sisters and one brother are deceased, including Constance Perham, Helen Hinkell and Robert Holmes.

Funeral notice: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for John Holmes will be celebrated Friday, February 2, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church.  Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery.  

There are no calling hours.  Memorial donations may be made to PopCares in care of Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, Central Chapel, 74 Marshall St., North Adams, MA 01247.

Recollections & Sympathy For the Family
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I am so sorry to see this. My father, Ted Pierce, who passed last year, would've been very sad to see this. Mr. Holmes was a very nice person. My thoughts and prayers to his family.
from: Erin Pierce Myerson: 02-19-2018

So sorry to hear abut your loss . Mr.Holmes was a wonderful man.. Sending prayers to the Family .. I love you Jeanette. .
from: Rhianon Hayeson: 02-07-2018

Mrs. Holmes, Jackie and Jim, so sorry to hear of your loss. He was one of the nicest Dad's in the neighborhood.
from: Sandy (O'Neill)Bourdonon: 02-05-2018

Sorry for your loss
from: Tony Saccoon: 02-05-2018

So very sorry for your loss..sincerely John and Carol Greenbush
from: Carol Greenbushon: 02-03-2018

Our Condolences. May God give you strength and peace.
from: John, Karen, & JD Bedardon: 02-01-2018

Oh my, I could say Mr. Holmes was like a second father.
I'm so sorry to hear the news, many many times on that porch.
from: Bob Scotton: 01-30-2018

To the Family, It is with great sorrow that we have learned of the passing of John. We have known John for a little over a year through our visits at Williamstown Commons. He was truly a remarkable man as he would sing to us and my Mom while we visited her. He will be deeply missed and may God Bless.

Jim Morocco
Carolyn Larabee
Samantha Sheldon
from: Jim Moroccoon: 01-30-2018

Sorry for your loss. He was a great man. May he eat all the butterfingers that he can everyday! He will be missed by all.
from: Paula O'Neil & Familyon: 01-30-2018

Jim I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing.I remember going to school with you. My thoughts and prayers are with you
from: Mathew Cantonion: 01-30-2018

Jeannette, and Family, Sorry about Jim passing.
Francis Mastroianni
Bobo's son
from: on: 01-30-2018

Jim as not only a fine man but a great neighbor for all of North Street - The world needs more people like him today
from: Dennis J. D'Arcangeloon: 01-30-2018

Jim, So sorry for your loss. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family
from: Carol Greenbushon: 01-30-2018

Jessica and family, our sympathies to you all.
from: Kate Harringtonon: 01-30-2018

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