John J. Holmes

John J. "Jack" Holmes, 91, formerly of Scranton, died Tuesday at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, N.Y., after an illness. His wife of 69 years is the former Anne J. Kehoe of Pittston.

Son of the late Joseph F. and Nell McKenna, he was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and attended the University of Scranton. He joined the Army and was a veteran of World War II. After the war, Jack began his career at the GE plant in the Minooka section of Scranton. He was a staunch supporter and defender of the working-class man. To that end, he became a field organizer for the United Radio and Machine Workers of America. He promoted the welfare of working class families for 40 years before retiring in 1986. Everyone knew Jack as a gentleman and as a gentle man.

Also surviving are three children; Judy and husband, Bob Quinlan, Mount Cobb; Joseph J. and wife, Kathy Holmes, Sugarloaf; and Patricia Rogers, Florida; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law. June Holmes, Clarks Summit; several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas M. "Brud" Holmes and Richard R. "Moon" Holmes; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Homes; and two nephews, Timothy P. and Richard P. Holmes.

The funeral will be Saturday from the Albert P. O'Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Paul's Church, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Boys Town of America. To offer an online condolence, visit

Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 17, 2013