Richard P. Holmes, 63, of Scranton, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Born in Scranton on September 30, 1948, he was the son of the late Richard R. and Mary Lou Brundage Holmes. Dick attended Scranton public schools, graduating from Scranton Central High School in 1966. He served as president of his senior class. He graduated from the University of Scranton in 1970 with a B.A. in accounting and went on to become a Certified Public Accountant. He was a member of the Mary, Mother of God Parish.
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Dick worked in accounting throughout his career beginning with Coopers & Lybrand in New York City. He returned to Scranton to work for Acme Fast Freight. He continued his accounting career in the trucking industry with Canny Trucking in Binghamton, N.Y. For over 20 years, he has been the controller of Cook Brothers Triple Cities Mac in Binghamton.
Dick was a gifted athlete beginning with youth sports in baseball and football. In high school, he participated in football, swimming and track and played in the 1966 Dream Game. He and his relay teammates held the Jordan Relay Mile record for 20 years. At the University of Scranton he was a two-time first-team All American Club Football honoree. He was also a Scranton Times Athlete of the Week. As a lifelong athlete, he participated in half-marathons, triathlons and the Keystone Games. He was a member of the Scranton Central Golden Eagles Football Alumni Club. He loved all sports and local sports history and enjoyed passing his knowledge on to others through stories and photographs. He was a passionate Notre Dame and Cleveland Browns fan.
Dick was a sincere and loyal friend who was quick to reach out to those in need. He followed through on maintaining contact with friends and family with calls, visits, notes and photographs. A generous man, he quietly supported many causes and individuals in need. He was an outstanding family man who cherished his niece and nephews with enthusiasm.
Surviving are brother, Ned and wife, Maureen, Scranton; sister, Beth, Crystal Lake; sister-in-law, Teresa and fiance, Rob Palonis, Oakdale, Pennsylvania; niece, Mary; nephews, Matthew, Brian, Patrick and Kevin and his wife, Amy; great-nephew, Nate; and many extended family members. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Attorney Timothy P. and John Holmes.
The funeral will be Wednesday from the Albert P. O'Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St., Scranton. Interment, Cathedral Cemtery.
Friends may call Tuesday, July 24, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Park Place River Association, 1069 Albright Ave., Scranton, PA 18508; or Little Sisters of the Poor, 2500 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.
Published in Scranton Times from July 22 to July 23, 2012