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David F Miller Jr
It was so sad to to read about Bob's passing in the NL today. Bob was a wonderful neighbor and friend. He would call me often to discuss local real estate news and quite often he knew about somene's plan before I did. He always wore a smile and offered support. Our family appreciated his commitment to the B&G's Club. We will miss seeing him on his three wheeler and sharing a story. God speed to you Bob
I remember my Uncle Bob as an always happy guy who was loved his family, golf and his job. Although we did not get to see each other as much as I liked he was always kind and thoughtful when we did meet. My son Kevin and Uncle Bob belong to the same fraternity and he graciously invited my son to to lunch to swap "Frat" stories when Kevin was in Jacksonville which Kevin still talks about. He was a good man that we all will miss..
I was lucky to get to know Bob over the last few years. He was a warm and welcoming gentleman who always asked how I was doing after he reported on the weather at Amelia Island. He will be missed. 🏌️
Robert "Bob" Thomas Holmes
Robert Thomas Holmes “Bob” of Amelia Island passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 19, 2023. He was born in Newark, New Jersey on March 11, 1937 to George and Eileen Holmes. He attended Seton Hall Prep, and his family subsequently moved to Point Pleasant, New Jersey, where he graduated from Point Pleasant High School. He then enlisted in the United States Army, and he proudly served for several years, being stationed in Korea.
After his military service, he enrolled at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia. It was at D & E that he met the love of his life, Nancy Louise Ward. He was also a member of the golf and tennis teams at D & E, and he served as an officer in Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He graduated with a degree in business.
Following graduation, he embarked on a three decades career with DuPont. He had stops in Columbus, Ohio, Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas, and he made lifelong friends in each spot. Upon retirement, he and Nancy moved to Amelia Island, where the family had vacationed since the 1970s. He enjoyed playing golf and tennis on the Island, and he spent many a day bodysurfing in his beloved Atlantic Ocean.
Bob served on the board of the newly formed Boys and Girls Club of Nassau County. He was also selected by the Amelia Island YMCA junior golf program to teach youth golf. Many of the young men and woman on Amelia Island still refer to him as “Coach Bob.”
He was talented, larger than life, and he never met a stranger. He had the best stories and was steadfast that most of them were true.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Nancy, as well as his son, Douglas Robert Holmes and daughter, Carolyn Holmes Taylor, and his granddaughter, Amelia Louise Taylor. He is also survived by his brother, Bill Holmes (Rise) and sister, Eileen Holmes Lansing.
In keeping with his wishes, there will be no immediate funeral, but a celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Nassau County.