1946 – 2014

RUMFORD — Robert D. Holmes II, 67, of Erchles Street, Rumford, died Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Rumford Hospital.

He was born in Uelzen, Germany, on July 28, 1946, and was the son of Philip and Gisela (Neumann) Holmes. He attended schools in Eastport and graduated from Stephens High School, Class of 1965. He received his associate degree in business administration from Westbrook College.

During the Vietnam War he was a sergeant in the Air Force where he was in the medical corps.

Bob served as a patrolman for the Portland Police Department and then as Chief of Police in Dixfield for two years prior to entering the Postal Service where he was a clerk in Mexico for many years.

Bob was a 30 year member of the Free Masons; past master of Blazing Star Lodge No. 30 in Rumford and Wilton Lodge No. 156 in Wilton and presently serving as senior warden of Wilton Lodge. He was a 32nd degree member of Scottish Rite Bodies; a member of Mt. Zircon Chapter No. 142, O.E.S. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially four-wheeling and working on his 1946 Dodge Pickup which he called “Kermit” with his son.

He was married in Cape Elizabeth on Nov. 8, 1973, to the former Nancy M. Bearor who survives of Rumford. Other survivors include his mother, Gisela Holmes of Rumford; son, Robert Holmes III and wife, Jami, of Wilton; daughter, Julie Holmes of Boothbay Harbor; stepdaughter, Kristin Hallowell and husband, Scott, of Calais; five grandchildren; brother, George Holmes of Rockland;and sister, Karin Arsenault and husband, David, of Kennebunk.

He was predeceased by his father, Philip.

Friends are invited to sign the family guest book and share their thoughts, condolences and memories online at www.meaderandson.com.

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