Richard Holmes

Obituary of Richard J. Holmes

ROME – Richard J. Holmes, age 71, of Rome, NY, passed away unexpectedly on May 8, 2020 in the privacy and comfort of his home. He was born in Rome on March 23, 1949, the son of Richard K. and Ruth (Kaelin) Holmes. He graduated from UFA in 1967 and soon thereafter entered into the United States Army, serving in Vietnam. He retired from the Smith Packing Company in Utica where he worked for several years. Richard is survived by his mother, Ruth K. Mather of Frankfort; and his sisters, Susan McDonell of Frankfort and Bonnie Holmes of Ilion. He also leaves his dear friends, Frank and Patty Northrup of Kayuta Lake. He was predeceased by his father, Richard K. Holmes and his stepfather, Forrest B. Mather. A memorial service honoring Richard’s life will take place at a future date, when health conditions and regulations permit. Interment will take place in Westmoreland Cemetery. Final arrangements were entrusted to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, Frankfort/Ilion. Online notes of sympathy may be left at
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