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HOLMES, James Richard

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James Richard Holmes on September 4, 2014 at the age of 79. He is survived by the love of his life Margaret de Vries, son Rick, wife Kerrie and his three grandsons Blair, Carson, and Reid, and two sisters Marion and Doreen. He was so loved by Margaret’s 5 children and 12 grandchildren.

Jim had a real love of animals and enjoyed nature and all its beauty. He moved to Kelowna in 1976 and enjoyed the wonderful views of mountains and lakes.

Jim served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1958 to 1975 in many areas of the world, and received the United Nations Emergency Forces Medal and the Canadian Forces Decoration. He became a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in 2000 where he spent many wonderful Friday nights of dinner and dancing. This is where he met and fell in love with Margaret. They loved dancing together cheek to cheek and visiting with their many friends. He will be greatly missed by his extended family and many friends at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26.

 We love you Jim. You will be forever in our hearts!

Friends and family are invited to a memorial service on Monday September 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm followed by a reception at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.

In lieu of flowers, Jim would welcome donations to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation. For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”


Monday September 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for HOLMES, James Richard is scheduled for Monday September 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Lillian Arneson says:

    My heart joins yours in sorrow and remembrance of Jim. To him I was little “sis”. As a young girl I was very impressed when I met him for the first time after he and Pauline were posted in Edmonton. This tall fellow in his navy dress uniform was my new brother. Thanks Jim for all those summer holidays and adventures you used to take us on. Thanks for your kindness to me. Jim, you were a good, kind and teasing brother. You are missed.

  • Rick holmes says:

    Dad, words can’t express our loss at this time my family and I are in mourning however a smile can be brought by the fact that u spent your later years with marg I’m so happy you had her to love and share life with. As your son I will miss you greatly dad the memories we shared will always be close to heart May god now bless you marg and family heaven is a better place now love always rick

    • Gerda Weingartner says:

      I just found out and I’m sadden by this news. Jim was like a big Brother to me and a kind, caring, helpful family Friend. The Children called him Uncle Jim. We spend many fun visits and outings together over the many years….Jim announced that he met a great Woman and was very happy. I seen Jim at Safeway and he introduced Margaret, a elegant beautiful Lady I could see a sweet couple in Love. was nice to see…
      I moved and lost contact.
      The great memories of a wonderful, caring Friend will always remain.
      My deepest condolences to Margaret and all the Family.
      You will be sadly missed.

  • Penny and Marvyn Baker says:

    Dear Margaret,
    We are truly saddened by the sudden passing of Jim. We always enjoyed our Friday night visits at The Legion’s Dinner/Dance with the two of you at our shared table of friends. Jim was a true gentleman to all. The two of you were so cute holding hands and dancing close. We will miss him.
    Our love goes out to you.

    Marvyn and Penny

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