WILMINGTON, MA — Peter M. Holmes, Jr., age 88, of Wilmington, formerly of Burlington and Acton, Maine, passed away peacefully at the Winchester Hospital on July 2, 2019, with his family by his side.
Peter was born in Waltham, MA on June 8, 1931; he was the dear son of the late Peter M. Sr. and Anna (MacDermid) Holmes. Peter was raised and educated in Watertown; during his teenage years he worked as an auto mechanic for the family business, Holmes’ Jenny Service Station in Watertown.
In 1949, Peter joined the Army National Guard; in October of 1950 his unit was activated and he was sent to basic and engineer training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. In 1951, he was sent overseas to Korea with the 811 Engineer Company B as a heavy vehicle operator. Peter was involved in taking the first trailer truck loaded with a D-8 Caterpillar dozer over heartbreak ridge; he was told that it was too steep, but he went up anyway and his Sergeant went up to him, shook his hand and said “nice driving son, I didn’t think you would make it.” In 1951-1952, Peter was a heavy vehicle operator who was involved in building and maintaining emergency landing strips. Peter earned his rank as Corporal and was awarded the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars as well as the UN Service Medal. In October of 1952, Peter was honorably discharged and returned home to his family.
Peter was a hard worker, upon his return home, Peter along with his brother Wendell took over the family service station in Watertown; Peter Holmes Service Station. Peter had a great work ethic and a wonderful personality; his customers and friends were like family to him. The service station was like a meeting place, where friends would gather to talk and reminisce. He retired from the service station in 1985. Following retirement, Peter, found that he couldn’t sit still so he went to work as a bus driver for Lahey Clinic in Burlington, he then took a position at Olsen Cadillac where he was a shuttle driver and maintained the property and later went on to the Vacuum Barrier Company, in Woburn where he made many special friends.
On September 12, 1953, Peter, married the “love of his life” Doris Smith, whom he met at the Family Service Station. They married the same day as John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier. The couple settled in Burlington where they raised their three children, Matthew, Deborah and Donna. Peter was a wonderful husband and father; he would do just about anything for his family. In 1965, Peter and Doris bought a family cottage in Barrington, New Hampshire, where the family enjoyed many years boating, waterskiing, ice skating and snowmobiling; everyone always had a lot of fun when they were up at the lake. Later in life, 1986, Peter bought a lobster boat the “Donna Lee” and ran it for 20 years out of the Saugus River. He loved the ocean and being on the boat with his family.
Peter will be fondly remembered as a “great guy” who would do anything to help anyone. He was very devoted to his family and friends who will miss him dearly.
Peter was the beloved husband of Doris Holmes for nearly 60 years before her passing in 2013, he was the devoted father of Matthew Holmes and his wife Debra of Milford, Deborah Noonan and her late husband Daniel of Wilmington and Donna Holmes of Sanford, ME, grandfather of Eric Holmes and his wife Crystal, Leigh Holmes, and great-grandchildren Keira and Kylie, brother of the late Wendell Holmes. Peter is also survived by many dear friends.
At Peter’s request all Services will be private.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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