PORT ALLEGANY - Carlton W. Holmes, 87, formerly of Port Allegany, passed away Thursday (Aug. 13, 2015).
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Born March 9, 1928 in Port Allegany, he was the son of Carl and Jennie Johnson Holmes. On Dec. 30, 1954, he married Oral Jean Hardes, who preceded him in death on May 2, 1987.
Carlton was a member of Liberty Lodge No. 505 F.&A.M. of Port Allegany and the Coudersport Consistory of Coudersport.
He served aboard United States Coast Guard ships on the Great Lakes prior to returning to Port Allegany for his senior year of high school.
Upon graduating from Port Allegany High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy, completing aviation electrician school and flight training. In 1948, he was honorably discharged.
A resident of Port Allegany for more than 70 years, he worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad as a telegraph operator and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as a materials inspector. In his earlier days, he owned a lawnmower repair shop and a Christmas tree farm.
One of his great hobbies was growing trees in addition to traveling around the United States. Carlton was also accomplished at woodworking.
Carlton is survived by one daughter, Kasia Holmes Painter, one son-in-law, Martin Painter, and one grandchild, Marsia Painter, all of Port Allegany.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.
In accordance with Carlton's wishes, services will be private. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc. of Port Allegany.
Memorials may be made to the
Online condolence may be made at, www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com
Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.
105 North Main Street
Port Allegany, PA 16743
Published in The Bradford Era from Aug. 14 to Aug. 21, 2015