Key West, Fla. — Donald past away March 19, 2013 in Key West Fla., after a long and fulfilling life. He was born in Gloucester on August 11, 1918, the son of Gardner W. and Annabelle (Burns) Holmes.
As a young boy he attended Saint Ann School and Gloucester High School. He was a lettered member of the track team of 1936. After his marriage to Gladys Bergstrom in 1938, he moved to Rockport. During World War II, he served in the Massachusetts State Guard, and then the Coast Guard/Merchant Marine. He served on several ships in the North Atlantic, English Channel, and the Pacific Ocean. After his discharge, he returned to Rockport until he retired from 31 years at the General Electric Co. Donald was truly a world traveler. He and his wife enjoyed family camping trips, and traveling all throughout North America. As a member of the Airstream Trailer Club,(WBCCI), He was one of the longest term members since 1961. The Holmes' enjoyed square dancing throughout New England and Florida. He loved opera and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Donald enjoyed his retirement at Venture Out Resort on Cudjoe Key, Fla. He lived there for over 40 years. He had many wonderful friends, who enjoyed his stories (the man could talk on any region of the world or about any highway).
Donald was preceded by his wife of 62 years; a brother, Gardner (Tucky) Holmes; and son, Phillip W. Holmes. He is survived by two sisters, Phyllis Curcuru of Gloucester, and Lorraine Rose of Buford, Ga. He leaves three sons, James P. Holmes of Jefferson, N.H., William T. Holmes and his wife, Paige of Gloucester, and Kenneth H.Holmes and his wife, Sarah of Cudjoe Key Fla.; and daughter, Donna Creley and husband, Roy of Rumney, N.H.; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind a friend Marguerite Goodine of Burlington,Vt.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral arrangements for Rockport will be announced in May.