Robert HOLMES

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HOLMES, Robert E. October 5, 1945 - April 14, 2018 Remembered and forever loved, Robert passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the age of 72. Robert was a fearless man who charged through life. In 1968, he was awarded the AFL Rookie of the Year. He then played for years as a Running Back in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs, winning Super Bowl IV, the Houston Oilers, the San Diego Chargers, and later for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL. Robert also played semi-pro baseball in the off-season. He broke down barriers of segregation throughout Texas, was given the key to the city of Huntsville, and was a proud alumnus of Southern University, where he attended on a full scholarship, and was later inducted into the school Hall of Fame. As a high tribute and twist, Robert was honoured by head coach Eddie Robinson of rival Grambling State University. Born in Texas, Robert planted his roots in Saskatchewan, and was recently recognized by the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum as an athlete who "played and stayed." He will remain a larger than life figure in the lives of his children: Robert Jr., Tony, Lee, Juland, Jarrod, Lauren, Ethan and Cayle and sisters: Pearl, Bertha, and Dorothy. He will also be remembered fondly by his adored grandchildren, family, and friends spanning from Canada to Texas and beyond. We will miss you, Robert. A small Memorial Service will be held for him at Victoria Avenue Funeral Home, 2080 Victoria Avenue East, Regina, SK on Saturday April 21, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit: www.victoriaavenuefuneral.com.

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Published in The Regina Leader-Post on Apr. 19, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
Victoria Avenue Funeral Home and Cremati
2080 Victoria Ave E | Regina, SK S4N7B9 | (306) 761-2727
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