Lionel Joseph Holmes
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Lionel died October 20 at age 98. He was born in Tulare, Cal, moved to Sacramento and lived at 1027 S St. in 1920 until moving to Oakland. He graduated from Saint Mary's College in 1941, worked for the Oakland Tribune, then drafted into WW2, serving in Guadalcanal. Upon discharge in New York he met Irene Specht in 1945, fathering seven children: Gregory, Lucile, Steven, Donald, Virginia, Douglas, and William. In New York, he worked as a news editor for McGraw-Hill Publishing Co, and then as bureau chief in Brazil for McGraw Hill World News. Returning to California, he settled in Sacramento. Irene died in 1970 and in 1975 he married Eleanor Lopes. Eleanor died in 2010. He was active in the Portuguese-American community, serving as president of Cabrillo Civic Club No. 5 and president of Portuguese Historical & Cultural Society. For his involvement, he received the Portuguese Government's Gold Medal of Honor. His ashes have been placed in the Calvary Cemetery site with his first wife, Irene, and services to be 11:00am Nov 4th.

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Published in The Sacramento Bee on Oct. 29, 2017.
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January 15, 2018
lionel Holmes was a friend of my dad from their college years at S. Mary's in Moraga.
I have recently come across a lovely photo of my parents, John and Mary Klein who met in New York. There are two other couples in the photo and we believe it is Dick Colbert and my mom's friend Dorrie and possibly Lionel and Irene. I am not very tech savy and dont know how to attach the photo. If you would like a copy please give me an address and I would be happy to send a copy.

Mary Klein Thompson
October 29, 2017
May he rest in peace. I believe he is in a better place and much happier and, mostly at peace.
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