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James Ernest Holmes
Celebration of Life

The Mill Restaurant
990 Ontario St., Cobourg

Saturday April 13
1:00pm - 4:00pm

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James Ernest Holmes

July 29, 1949 - November 3, 2023

It is with profound sadness we announce that another Angel left this earth suddenly in Peterborough on Friday November 3rd. Our beloved Jim was the best of all of us. Smart, funny, extremely goofy, a fierce friend, a champion of everything family, and a huge lover of Christmas.
He was pre-deceased by his parents William & Margaret Holmes and older brother Michael. Remembered with love and greatly mourned by his beautiful life partner Diane Chapman, step-daughter Janet, his siblings Janet McFarland (Mike), Richard Holmes (Greta), Maryellen Borndahl (Murray), Kathie King (Mark), Haly Holmes (Stephen Stretten), Mark Holmes (Sherry), his many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and valued friends. Jim will be missed by his faithful dog Max.

Everyone is welcome to a celebration of Jim’s life on Saturday April 13th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm at The Mill Restaurant, 990 Ontario Street, Cobourg. Donations to the Northumberland Humane Society and Diabetes Canada would be appreciated.

He shall be forever missed.

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Kathleen Angus - April 15, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Diabetes Canada

Betty Anne Gill - April 13, 2024

Betty Anne Gill November. 2023 Donation A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity. Northumberlandv Humane Society

Cheri Blezard - November 28, 2023

I am so sorry to hear about Jim. He was such a good person. I am so glad the family have each other for comfort in this time. God bless you all.

Lynne Wright - November 27, 2023

Jim will be missed by so many friends along with family. His energy, casual manner, and sense of humour will always be remembered. In our hearts he will “live on”. Lynne Wright

Bryan and Cindy Marjoram - November 21, 2023

Dear Haly, Kathie, Mark, and the entire Holmes family, We were saddened to hear about Jim's passing. He enjoyed life on his own terms. Treasure those special memories of your brother and keep them close to your heart. Sincere condolences to all. James Ernest Holmes July 29, 1949 - November 3, 2023 ~ REST IN PEACE ~

Joan Kirkpatrick - November 14, 2023

To the Holmes Family, We are sorry to see that Jim has passed away. Keep the memories that you have close to you. Now a day life is to short. Our deepest condolence to all. The CORE Sisters. Barb Dymond, Joan Kirkpatrick.

Judy Munro - November 12, 2023 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Humane Society

Chris Chapman and Sherri Black - November 10, 2023

Jim's dry wit and culinary expertise will be sadly missed at family gatherings on Chapman Island going forward. Our sincere condolences to all.

Barry & Sandy Rowden - November 10, 2023 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Diabetes Canada

Barry & Sandy - November 10, 2023

We haven't seem Jim in many years but whenever we hear his name it puts a smile on our face & brings back so many very happy memories from when we used to live in Port Hope & get together. We loved Jim's wonderful sense of humour, kind heart, love of music & honest friendship. May peace be with you Jim. Our most heartfelt condolences to Janet and all the family. Sincerely, Barry & Sandy Rowden

Steven Misner - November 9, 2023

So sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. I always enjoyed Jim’s experience, outlook and our conversations. My condolences and thoughts to Jim’s family, friends, and loved ones.

Maria and John Cooper - November 9, 2023

Our sincere condolences to your family on the loss of Jim. May memories of Jim continue to be a blessing in the years to come.

Jules Cugalj - November 8, 2023

Sending all my love nd strength to my dearest friend Janet - I just know your Dad is up there getting all his decorations ready for an extra special Christmas. Sending love and light to you, and all the Holmes family, during this challenging time.

Sonia Ghrairi - November 7, 2023

Rick (Greta), and your siblings, my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your brother. My thoughts are with you.

Maureen Sguigna (nee O’Sullivan) - November 7, 2023

I grew up in C’ford and the Holmes family was part of our social it was certainly a surprise to find ourselves living on the same floor in a London apt building with someone I had grown up with. Jim and Diane were very popular with everyone they met…and little Max certainly ruled . We are so sorry for your loss…he was a kind and friendly man …I wish we had known him better. Our deepest sympathies to all the family and especially Diane. Maureen Sguigna and the 10th floor residents at 940 Springbank Drive ,London….RIP…

Ward & Penny Beebe - November 7, 2023

Our sincere condolences to the entire Holmes family.

Jan and Garry Gordon - November 7, 2023

Haly & Steve, Mark & Sherry, Rick & Greta and the entire Holmes family - our most heartfelt condolences go out to you on the loss of your beloved brother. May your many happy memories of Jim help ease your way through this sad time. Thinking of you.

Paul Sherwin - November 7, 2023

Kathie and sorry to hear of your brother's passing. My condolences to you and your family.

mike finley - November 7, 2023 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Diabetes Canada

Tish and Frank Godfrey - November 7, 2023

So very sorry to hear about Jim's passing. His smile and chuckle are the things I rememberost out about him. Condolences to all the Holmes clan, we have lost a good one !

Barb Hall - November 7, 2023

I am so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to Steve, Haly and to all of the family. May Jim Rest In Peace. Barb & Tom Hall

George Condie - November 7, 2023

Sorry to hear of your loss,, my condolences to your family .

Brenda Varney - November 6, 2023 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Northumberland Humane Society

Lois Anne johns - November 6, 2023

I'm so sorry for your loss. Jim was such a wonderful guy. He was a great friend of my brothers and we all loved him. Yes, funny, kind and a great friend. He will be truly missed. Lois-Anne and Lois (Oulahen) Simpson.

Krakenberg Kathy - November 6, 2023

I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

Roddy Turpin - November 6, 2023

My sympathy to the Holmes Family and his brothers and sisters

Ralph and Susan (Clement) Buttar - November 6, 2023

To all of the Holmes Family.....please accept our most deepest sympathy in the loss of Jim. Our thoughts are with all of you.

Ian & Phyllis Brown - November 6, 2023

Sorry for your loss. We have very fond and happy memories of Jim when he lived in Roseneath. He was a very funny guy and a good friend

Carol Ann Heffernan - November 6, 2023

Richard, Greta and all of Jim’s family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Sincerely, Tom & Carol Ann

Kathleen Gordon - November 6, 2023

Dear Holmes Family Mark & I are very saddened to hear of the loss of dear Jim. He was a great guy, super funny, easy going, and loving. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time God Bless Kathy & Mark

Larry & Sue Bowman - November 6, 2023

Sending condolences to the entire Holmes family at this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you.

Raeanne Deschamps - November 6, 2023

I will always see you in the first snowfall. Hear you in the music you loved and smile in the memories we made. Love and miss you.

Haly Holmes - November 6, 2023

You've always been my best friend and protector big brother. I love you all there is. ❤️