June 20, 1924 – December 13, 2013
It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, dad, and grandpa Sid Holmes of Nelson, BC on Friday, December 13, 2013.
Sid was a very gentle man with a kind and generous spirit. He enjoyed hiking, gardening, reading, playing cards and dabbling in the stock market. His true passion, however, was spending time with his family.
He was born in Spalding, Lincolnshire, England on June 20, 1924 to Joseph and Clara Holmes. In 1929, the family moved to Canada and settled in Plum Coulee, MB. After the passing of his mother in 1936, they moved to the Slocan Valley, BC. In 1941, his father returned to England and Sid stayed and lived with the Warner family until enlisting in the RCAF in 1942. He went overseas in 1944 and served in England, France, and Germany before returning to Nelson at the end of the war. He worked at the CPR, Nelson Daily News, and subsequently Canada Post, where he worked for 31 years until his retirement in 1985.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 62 years, Hazel (nee McCormick); son Dale Holmes of Nelson; daughters Judy Taylor (Barrie) of Nelson; Karen Low (Melton) of Calgary; Shelley Holmes (Peter Lau) of New Westminster; grandchildren Brian Low and Jenni Low of Calgary; step-grandchildren Matt Taylor of Penticton and Sean Taylor of Vancouver; and grand-puppy and best pal Tessa Taylor.
At Sid’s request there will be no service. Cremation to follow, with internment at Nelson Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, 3 View Street, Nelson, BC V1L 2V1 (www.klhf.org).
The family would like to acknowledge the compassion and support provided by the Fire Department, Ambulance Paramedics, City Police, Coroner, Victim Services and Thompson Funeral Services. To our dear friends, a special thank you for your kind thoughts and for being there for us during this very difficult time…it is truly appreciated.
Sid has left a big hole in the hearts of everyone who had the joy of knowing him.
Arrangements are entrusted to Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. On line condolences may be made to www.thompsonfs.ca