Thomas Edward Holmes, 78, passed away on January 27th, 2021.
Thomas was born on February 4th, 1942 to Robert and Dorothy Holmes in Mishawaka, IN. He grew up in the shadows of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. He went on to join the military and served for one tour in Vietnam from 1967-1969, attaining the rank of NCO 1st Lieutenant, Army Corp of Engineers. He earned the Bronze Star during his time of service and was honorably discharged.
In 1974 he wed Lauren (Meskimen) Holmes, together they had three children, Kendra, Robert and Katharine. He spent the majority of his life in the state of Texas where he enjoyed working in real estate, mainly with multi-family and commercial property over the years. Tom never knew a stranger and was keen to start a conversation with anyone who cared to talk. He was an avid runner and was seen daily on the jogging trail around Town Lake in Austin, TX. Following a stroke in 2010 he moved to Raleigh, NC to be closer to his adult children. While dementia robbed him of his memories and independence in his later years, he always enjoyed the time he was able to spend with his family, especially his twelve grandchildren.
Thomas is predeceased by his parents and his brother, Robert. He is survived by his sisters, Patricia and her husband William Omberg and Barbara and her husband Denny Griffin; his three children, Kendra (husband, David) Calabria, Robert (wife, Angela) Holmes II and Katharine (husband, Paul) Wapner; and his grandchildren Connor, Andrew, and Benton Calabria; Isabel, Ian, Caroline, Cooper, Felix, and Fulton Holmes; Tessa, Hattie, and Penelope Wapner.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Girls on the Run (https://www.gotrtriangle.org/fundraiser/GetMoving) or Catholic Parish Outreach, a meal provider for the needy (https://www.cporaleigh.org/donor.html).
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