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Robert Holmes

Robert Holmes

Sunday, September 10, 1944 Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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Obituary for Robert Wesley Holmes III

Robert (Bob) Wesley Holmes III, at 75 years left his earthly presence on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, Texas.

Bob was born at home in Elizabethtown, North Carolina to Clara Belle Cain Holmes and Robert Holmes II. A successful Clinton Iowa High School athlete he excelled as a runner and swimmer, and was state pole vaulting champion in 1963. His athletic ability led him to be chosen into Navy Seal training and was one of 44 out of 246 who started training to graduate. A veteran of the Vietnam war, he served 6 years in seal team II. . He was honored to participate in NASA astronaut recovery during the Gemini program.

The ocean was his first love. He worked 20 years as a commercial diver allowing him to travel extensively the many oceans of the world. He worked as an operations manager for diving companies in the Philippines, Brazil, and other countries. He enjoyed living abroad where his spare time nurtured a love of music. With Mr. Louis Erath, they formed Erath Sound Corporation which created, installed and maintained residential and commercial sound systems into many of the best nightclubs nationally.

Bob had the soul of an artist. He met his wife Janet Hassinger, an artist, in 1984 in Houston, Texas. They settled in Galveston but never stopped travelling the world. On Galveston Island he became a contractor and co-owned Holmes Custom Woodwork with his brother Richard. He renovated and maintained homes for rent on the Island. Bob built the post-Ike Galveston lifeguard stands. With Navy Seal classmate Denny Bowman, he owned the 21st street Kwik Kar wash.

An uncommon man who fully lived life. He was always loyal to his friends from school days, the military, diving and years on the Island. He followed his passions, ever creative, making fabulous pottery bowls inspired by the ocean and taking photographs of coral reef near his Honduran island retreat.

Bob is survived by his wife of thirty-one years, Janet Hassinger; his daughters: Marina Steffener and her Partner Craig Nahnsen; Adrienne Holmes, from his first marriage to Marjo Fish Lane; brother, Tom Holmes and his spouse Jamie; his sister, Becky Tolan and her husband Roger; and seven grandchildren. He will not be forgotten by his ten nieces and nephews, and seventeen great-nieces and great-nephews as well as many long-time friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Bob and Clara, his brother Richard, and his sister Betsy.

A Memorial celebration of Life will be held on December 22 at 11:00 am at Congregation B’nai Israel, 3008 Ave O, Galveston, Texas followed by a sharing of Bob stories and lunch.

SEAL swimmers will swim his ashes out to sea in a Burial At Sea ceremony at the UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, FL next November during Veterans weekend, 2020

In lieu of flowers, donations may to sent to Congregation B’nai Israel or Artist Boat , PO Box 16019, Galveston 77552

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Kim Ware

Janet and family please accept my condolences! Bob Holmes was one my mentors in my beginning days of commercial oilfield diving and I owe him! Bob was a good friend, I will miss him dearly! To say he was a wild man was an understatement! A great person and friend! Rest in peace my good friend! You will be missed!
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Renee Templer

Janet, My deepest sympathy for you and your family.
Renee Templer
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Ginger Hanrahan

I remember Bob with great fondness. I came to know him when we worked on a project in New Haven, Connecticut to create emergency housing for homeless women and children. Bob was hard working, funny, quirky, supportive and probably one of the most interesting men I have ever met. His passing makes me sad but I know he will have an adventure where ever he lands.
Blessings and healing to all who had an opportunity to know this passionate being and are currently grieving.
With Greatest Sympathy
Ginger Hanrahan
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Martha Adams

from Martha Adams
Bob was someone whose oversized imprint will be with me always. Upon first meeting Bob a decade or two ago, I found his demeanor to be gruff and a bit off-putting. Within hours, however, I learned that hidden beneath that swash-buckling Navy Seal exterior was a thinly disguised, warm and welcoming heart. I was particularly drawn to Bob’s honesty, strong ethics, hard-working manner, generous nature, and his terrific sense of humor. Bob was someone who was consistently true to himself and I feel blessed to have known him. And, it warms my heart to have experienced first-hand that the world he shared with his wife and my dear high school pal, Janet, was filled with kindness, tenderness and rich creativity.
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Sandra Sullivan

What a wonderful tribute you have written for Bob's obituary, Janet. Your love and admiration for Bob shines through your description of his accomplished life. Like many others, I am so glad I met him and only wish I had had more time to know him better. My heart goes out to you, and I hope you know you have a friend who cares about you always, especially at this very sad time. Sandra
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