Thomas R. Holmes

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Thomas R. Holmes

Thomas R. Holmes, Sr., 59, of Hockessin, DE lost his struggle with ALS on September 29, 2013 with his loving family by his side. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Tom graduated from Miami Coral Park High School.

Granted a full scholarship to Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Tom was an exceptional scholar and athlete and was the Co-Captain the 1975 season. He led the team in tackles in 1974 and 1975 and earned First Team All-East Honors in 1974. He played in the Blue-Gray Classic, gave up a shot to try out for the Oakland Raiders to continue his education and helped coach the 1976 undefeated team while attending graduate school. Tom received a Ceramic Engineering Degree and went on to achieve his Masters. Tom will be inducted into the Rutgers Football Hall of Fame this season. In addition, Tom was presented with the Donald Leslie Coursen Award at Rutgers-a perpetual trophy given to one outstanding student athlete from each graduating class; Rutgers Delta Upsilon Frank Burns Award and The ALS Hope Foundation 2013 Courageous Heart Award.

Tom was a tower of quiet strength and stability and his greatest attribute was his depth of character and ability to reach out to everyone. His death leaves an emptiness that can never be filled. His job moved his family to many states, including an assignment in Tokyo, Japan. He was involved with all of the sports his children participated in, introduced them to all facets of life, was involved with the Boy Scouts, and of course, still kept up with his fellow Delta Upsilon brothers, Ball Players and college buddies for over 40 years.

Tom is survived by his high school sweetheart, Kay, and their love, friendship and marriage lasted 39 years; his daughter Ashley Holmes Miller (Mike) and their daughters Mackenzie and Delaney and his son, Thomas R. Holmes, Jr. (Michelle) and their daughter Destani Pupo.

A private celebration of his life with a small group will be held at a later date.

Donations can be sent to the ALS Hope Foundation: P.O. Box 40777, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or Delaware Hospice: 16 Polly Drummond Center (2nd Floor), 16 Polly Drummond Shopping Center, Newark, DE 19711 in his honor and to help find a cure.

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Published in The News Journal on Oct. 6, 2013
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