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August 03, 2008
In my prayers! Pat and his family.
August 02, 2008
Although everyone who was lost from the bridge collapse is equally important, it is Patrick who touches my heart and makes me cry.

What a great smile, and an open, honest expression. I can just tell by looking at his picture what a fine man he was.

May his family find some measure of peace. His loss has to be incredibly difficult.
July 26, 2008
Holmes Family, It's been almost one year since Pat has left tradically. I pray that the love of family and friends have comforted you thru. I know that Pat is smiling down and saying yes I am your very own special Angel and yes you are doing great. May God put his arms around you on the 1st anniversary and let you know that Pat is in good hands and waiting for you. God loves you best and I pray that you are much stronger person now.
December 23, 2007
Holmes Family- I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Just found out this morning when I read the article in the Pioneer Press.
You are all in my prayers.
October 16, 2007
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Pat and I went to M of M together. We were classmates, friends, teammates and ridiculously competitive. I pray for your family and I grieve for your loss.
October 10, 2007
Dear Mike,

Friends and family of Pat Holmes are asked to attend an All Saints Mass 9:00am Thursday, November 1st in the Hill-Murray Fieldhouse.

Other Alumni who passed in 2007 will also be remembered, including our classmate, former track and cross country star, Lynn (Pearson) Hales, '80.

Refreshments follow Mass, and Hill-Murray would like RSVP by October 23rd to
[email protected]

Still in our thoughts and prayers....

Sincerely,
September 03, 2007
I knew Pat in college. We were teammates on the World Series team. I always felt that Pat was one of the nicest guys around. He worked hard and never complained. I feel for his family and close friends. He will truly be missed. I want his family to know if there is anything I can do for them, I'm here for them.
August 31, 2007
As a 36 year old mother of two, your tragedy has hit very close to home. Please know you are in our thoughts and hearts.
August 21, 2007
To the Holmes Family,
My condolences goes out to you and your family. For I, Jehovah your God, am grasping your right hand, the One saying to you, Do not be afraid. I myself will help you. I hope you recieve all the comfort you need.
August 21, 2007
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
August 18, 2007
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, I DONT KNOW YOU BUT I CANT IMAGINE. I W ANTED TO TELL YOU I WAS THINKING OF YOU ALL .
August 18, 2007
Our thought and prayers are with you and your family. May your faith get you through.
August 18, 2007
God has it all in control......and he will see you thru your darkest days. My prayers are with your family...North Carlina is praying for you.
August 17, 2007
To The Holmes Family:

May you forever carry on in the memories Patrick left behind and he shall send you down Rays Of Sunshine to warm your Hearts.

I send you all my condolences.

A Mom From MA
August 15, 2007
Like Susan, I too have signed the guest book and I have one memory about Pat that I will never forget. In gym class we were playing dodgeball and I was the last still in on my side and he was the last one on his side and he threw that ball to get me out. I caught it so my side won, but he threw it so hard I thought I was going to go right through the back wall. I don't know how much ribbing he got from getting 'beat by a girl' but I guess he took it well.
August 14, 2007
I played baseball at Winona State with Pat for four years and bunked
on the road with him for two. Many times all we had was a single bed, so we were at times closer than we wanted to be. Pat was one of the toughest guys I knew and nobody outworked him. I hadn't seen him for many years but will always remember his sense of humor and fiery personality. Jenny, my heart goes out to you and your family and know my prayers are with you. He will be missed.
August 14, 2007
LOOK TO THE HILLS, FOR GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR WILL HE FORSAKE YOU.
August 14, 2007
Dear Holmes Family,

So sorry for your loss. I truely wish i could have know him. We would have had a lot to talk about. Please accept my sincere condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless.
August 14, 2007
I worked with Pat at Bridgeman's in Roseville. Wow, that seems like such a long time ago, but when I heard about his death, I remembered him. I also went to school in Winona and had two brothers at Hill Murray, so we had a lot to talk about.
I'm also the mom of two boys, and I can't express in words the sadness I feel for your family with the loss of Pat from your lives. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with your family as you move through the grief and pain of his loss.
August 13, 2007
Dear Holmes Family and Jennifer,

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I have been thinking about you since I heard and praying that the Lord will give you strength during this time.

I am friends with Colleen (Mary Stoner from Hill-Murray) and while I did not know Pat personally, I knew of him and feel so bad for you all. God Bless you and may he hold you and his wife and kids in the palm of his hand!
August 13, 2007
Wishing Patrick's family comfort and peace and the love and support of family and friends. This tragedy has touched the hearts and souls of us all across the country!

May his memory live on through each of you . . .
August 13, 2007
I already signed this guest book, but I can't stop thinking of memories from our days at Maternity of Mary; so I thought I would share some with you, particularly our M of M classmates.
1. Even though Pat's dad was a dentist, he ate a ton of candy. He particularly liked Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
2. He had a crush on Mrs. Shipe and pretty much dominated King's Court in badminton, partnered with, I think, Pat Schafhauser or Jim.
3. Pat would "go with" girls who could pass as a sister.
4. Pat didn't cry when Mr. Paal left mid-year, but comforted the girls when we did. Same goes for when we found out about Mrs. Barthel's heart attack. ("About, above, across, after")
5. He never missed any of Matthew's parties, North Dale dances, or rollerskating outings at Saint's.
6. He threw really hard in games like Elimination and Eraser Toss and "tapped" extra hard in Thumbs Up/Seven-Up. He did, however, lighten up on the girls.
7. When Mrs. Davis asked the class what our nationality was, Pat was the first to answer, "Irish!" Mrs. Davis then went around the room and never once heard the answer she was looking for: "American." (Pat was a true Irishman.) Mrs. Davis was also disappointed to find that her entire 5th grade class thought volleyball was pronounced "ballyball."
8. He would sing "Some Guys Have All the Luck" with Andy, Jamie and Mike. Each guy assigned a line to themselves. I think Pat's line was "Some guys get all the breaks." How true!
9. When Pat was an altar boy, he never cracked even though we tried really hard to make him laugh.
Pat's Maternity of Mary classmates make up only a small portion of the people he touched over the years. He will be remembered by us always.
August 12, 2007
So sorry to hear of the lost of your son Patrick.
August 12, 2007
Mark and Mary I understand the grief you are going through. The loss of a child is so difficult. As Pat and Todd were good friends when they were young boy's they have been reunited. I have to believe they are catching up on old times and tossing a ball back and forth. My hope is when we are called home to be with our maker Todd and Pat will greet us and invite us to join in their game of catch.
August 12, 2007
As a fellow Hill-Murray alumni, and a father, my prayers go out to your family. May God watch over Patrick's wife and children, and give them strength through this tragic time.
August 12, 2007
im very sorry what has happen i will miss you
August 11, 2007
To the Family of Patrick Holmes,

Our deepest sympathy goes out to each of you for the loss of your loved one. I know that you have many good memories that will comfort you through your sorrow. Have strength, hold your memories close, and know all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless You All.

Sincerely,
Marty and Sheri Leka and family
August 11, 2007
Mary Clare and family, You are in our prayer. So sorry.
August 11, 2007
I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please, accept my thoughts and prayers. In peace,
Emily Louise Dockendorf
Duluth, Minnesota
August 11, 2007
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
August 10, 2007
May the peace of God be very real to you at this time. My mother died very suddenly and my husband three years later. God can help you during this tough time.
August 10, 2007
I am so very sorry for your loss. Words don't say enough at a time like this.
August 10, 2007
My heart goes out to Patrick's family. He sounded like a great man. I am sorry for your loss.
August 10, 2007
I am very sorry for your loss. I have experienced losses both anticipated and unexpected. When I was fifteen years old in my first year in high school, my mother died of melanoma at age 54 on Monday, December 6, 2004; we were anticipating the loss. As with me, I am sure your loss is emotionally stressful for you and your family.

Your grief may ebb and flow. It has been said that each of us has this well deep inside of us that can be filled to the brim with grief. Every time we cry, we empty out some of the well. But the well fills again. The level of sorrow in your well may lessen as time passes, but it will never run dry. There will always be birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and those days when the well seems to fill to its brim again. Allow yourself time to remember and mourn. It is part of your healing. Grief is a continuing journey.
August 10, 2007
Dear Holmes Family,

As a fellow Minnesota mother of two young children I would like to say how sorry I am for your loss. Your husband, father and son sounds like he was a very kind and great person. God bless.
August 10, 2007
Jenny and Family,

When we spoke on Sunday, it was probably the first time I can remember that I did not know what to say. Although you and your family's loss is the greatest, we all died a little on that bridge.

If grief was finate, we could all just split it up and go on. But because of the way Pat was, there is a mountain of grief stretching all accross this county. I'm sure you realize, but I wish to put into writing that the basebll community will always be there for you and your family. I am so sorry.
August 09, 2007
My heartfelt condolence, thoughts and prayers go out to every one that has been affected by this unfortunate tragedy.

Many of have crossed that bridge countless times and have a connection to this incident.

May your loved ones be blessed and remember the happiness that they have shared with you, for now you are in a better place.
August 09, 2007
To the family and friends of Patrick Holmes, our most deepest and sincere sympathy goes out to you at this tragic time. May time ease some of your aches and may you always feel his spirit with you.
August 09, 2007
Jenny and family-
I am sorry to hear about the tragic loss of your husband. You are in my daily thoughts and the prayers of my family.
Cindy Cichy-Fernlund
August 09, 2007
Jenny and family-
I am so sorry to hear about the tragic loss of your husband. You are in my daily thoughts and the prayers of my family.
Cindy Cichy-Fernlund
August 09, 2007
To the family of Mr. Patrick Holmes -

The thoughts and prayers of an entire nation are with you during this difficult time. May God bless each of you and may Mr. Holmes rest in peace.
August 09, 2007
Shannon and Scott:
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers, and those of my family, will be with you during this time of grief.
Katherine McDowall (Kitty Kelly, class of '82)
August 08, 2007
May Patrick continue to bring you and your children happiness through his smile and his memory. God Bless you and your family.
August 08, 2007
Mike-
Just wanted to say I was thinking of you. My prayers are with you and your family.
August 08, 2007
Dear Mrs. Holmes: I just want to tell you that I pray for you every day. My husband died very unexpectantly 2 years ago and I have 3 children so I understand the incredible pain you are now experiencing. And like your husband, my husband was a soccer coach and very a involved "dad". So I also understand your children's tremendous loss; it breaks my heart. Please know that I am standing with you during this very difficult time.
August 08, 2007
Dear Holmes Family,
I never knew Pat but we have several mutual friends. He obviously lived a large life and touched many, many people in his short 36 years. I am so sorry for your tragic, senseless loss. I hope and pray the kind words of those who love him will give you a bit of comfort. May his life be celebrated and the joy he brought to those who knew him always be cherished. My family will keep you in our prayers. God Bless you all... especially his wife and young children.
August 08, 2007
Jennifer, Gavin, and Rena,
We feel very fortunate to have met you when we did. We are so lucky to have memories of Pat and to know what a wonderful man he was. We vow to help keep his memory alive by living as he would, by treating people as he would, and by accepting others as he would. Tommy and Maddie loved him and thought of him as an uncle. Mike learned a lot about coaching from Pat and will use that as he continues to coach our sons. Jennifer, I value our friendship deeply and I look forward to our talks at swim lessons and on the sidelines of the ball field and soccer field. You are family to us and we love you!
August 08, 2007
May God bless the family
August 08, 2007
Dear Jenny, Gavin and Rena, uncle Bob and I will be here for all of you,any time, anything you need, we are only a call away. Bob and I will miss Pat forever, but his memory will go on and on. We love you and the kids so much.

Love, Uncle Bob & Aunt Nancy.
August 08, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May you find peace in the memories and strength in each other. I attended Maternity of Mary, Pat was in my sisters class.
August 07, 2007
Dear Holmes Family,
I wanted to express my deepest sympathy to your family for the loss of Pat. He was a classmate of mine at HM and I always thought he was a wonderful person. May you find comfort in the memories your family has of Pat.
August 07, 2007
Dr.Holmes, you were so kind to me when my own son died at the age of 36. I truely feel your pain and loss, and want you to know how very sorry I am for you and your family. You are in my heart -
August 07, 2007
Jennifer and Family -
I am deeply sorry for your lost. I can't imagine the pain you are going through as a family. I went to WSU with Pat and remember has was the nicest guy around. My family and I are parying for you.
August 07, 2007
Mark and Mary,
I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Pat.
This is going back many years when I taught Patrick in 4th grade at Maternity of Mary School. Patrick brought so much fun and love to others. He was full of life! That particular class was full boys who loved sports and were terrific hockey athletes! What wonderful kids!
To Pat's wife, children, and the rest of the family you are in my prayers.
August 07, 2007
May Our Lord hold you and family in the palm of His Hand and always be with you.
St. Williams Parish Member
August 07, 2007
My sincere heart-felt prayers go out to the Holmes family. I am so very sorry for your loss. My daily prayers are with you and your family during this time of grief. Jesus is soon to return & will one day wipe away all tears!
August 07, 2007
Mark Holmes & Family;
We are so sorry about the lose of your son, Patrick. You are in our prayers at this difficult time. Mike is a good friend of our daughter and husband; Jackie Conoryea Furlong & Marty Furlong from HM high school.

Joyce and Gary Conoryea (Cretin'56)
August 07, 2007
Jenny & Family:

I am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Pat. Jenny, you and I were in Clothing class together for several years at Hill-Murray. Although I didn't know your husband well, I clearly remember how your face would light up when you would talk about him. My heart breaks for you and I cannot pretend to know what you are feeling. You, your young children, and your husband's family are in my thoughts.
August 07, 2007
Dear
Mark and M.C.,
My sympathy and prayers to you and your family during these sad days and after.
You will always have the wonderful memories of the many
years together with Pat. They will help you through the hard times.
Sincerely, Katy
August 07, 2007
My heart goes out the Holmes family in your time of loss. It's such a trategy to lose someone so quick, but I believe God will help you get through this and keep watch over you. Memories will ease the pain and talk about him due to memories never die. God be with you.
August 07, 2007
Jenny & Family,
I am very sorry to hear about your tragic and unexpected loss. As you share this time of sorrow as a family, may you draw strength and hope from one another remembering Pat's life together. Jenny and I waitressed at Byerly's together and were close friends during that time. I remember going to Pat's baseball games often with Jenny, and will keep those memories close to my heart forever.
My thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.
May God comfort you in your time of need.
With Deepest Sympathy, Tina
August 07, 2007
To the Holmes family-
Please accept my deepest sympathies for the loss of Patrick. I work with Jim Vollhaber and we all are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.
August 07, 2007
Jenny-
I remember two young kids coming into Snuffy's Malt shop where I worked for years with Colleen. You two sat in a the upper booth together- and even then the strength of your love shined through! You have a strong family that will keep the memory of a wonderful man and father alive- My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May the Lord put a protective hedge around you and your children- and know that there is an angel forever watching you.
August 07, 2007
Dear Jenny and family
I am so deeply sorry for your loss! I was Pat's biology teacher during his sophomore year at Hill-Murray HS about 20 years ago (86-87). He was an outstanding athlete and a wonderful student. He made quite an impression on me as did all of the Hill-Murray students. They were all wonderful young people. My memories are of a group of tremendously fun and spirited young people who possessed a wonderful sense of humor and seemed to know how to live life to its fullest. There was really something very special about the people who came together to make up the Hill-Murray Community. It was my favorite teaching year because of students like Pat. As I read through this guest book I recognized many of the names from my Hill-Murray past. Obviously Pat touched a huge number of lives.

As I watched this awful tragedy unfold during the TV coverage and they showed his picture, I knew instantly from that amazing smile that it was Pat Holmes or “Homer”. Soon, all my wonderful Hill-Murray memories came flooding back. Pat’s smile was infectious and I remember it so well that I could recognize it even from the picture they were showing sans his curly locks of hair. I remember how he would sit in class and have a huge, quiet grin while a student like Marco Dinzeo was creating a funny situation somewhere in the classroom that we could all enjoy. I remember Pat’s smile and joy filling the room, encouraging us all to recognize that we can be in school and still have fun. I also remember the strength it took for a young sophomore to be a member of a very talented varsity baseball team filled with older juniors and seniors. I always admired him for that quiet strength of character it took to be so young and talented around those older boys.

I am certain Pat's strong character helped him to be an excellent husband and father. He was taken far too soon and I am so sorry for your loss. Jenny, I am also glad you had your special time together even though it was far too brief. I have so many more wonderful memories that Pat and his classmates gave me. I can only imagine the multitude of wonderful memories you must have accumulated during these last 20 years!!! Obviously, Pat will vividly live on in all of the collective memories of his family and friends. This guest book is a testament to all of the lives Pat has touched. Even though this tragedy has physically taken him away, the one thing that is also assured and that no one can take away is that Pat will also physically and spiritually live on in the children he and Jenny have lovingly brought into this world. I pray that you all will be comforted and consoled by each other in this time of tremendous tragedy.
August 07, 2007
To the Holmes Family,
Lots of good memories watching Pat and the rest of the boys playing there sports at Hill Murray. I am sure he will be missed by many people. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
August 07, 2007
To the family and friends of Patrick Holmes, I am so saddened by your lost, never forget your loved ones, talk about them often remember the good times and remeber he is with you evey second of every day. God Bless you
August 07, 2007
Jennifer, even though I am from out of state and do not know you and your family I wanted to let you know that I have been praying for you since the tragic accident on Monday. We are so very blest to have such a wonderful and powerful God who always helps us through trouble times. I will continue to pray for you and your family.
August 07, 2007
Dear Holmes Family:
We were very saddened by your tragic loss and you have our sincere sympathy. Both of us knew Pat while growing up in the Como area. I grew up on Alameda street just about a block north and my husband was Pat's teammate on the Rice Street VFW baseball team. He has touched the lives of many and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
August 07, 2007
Mark and Mary Claire -

My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Sincerely --
August 07, 2007
As a fellow Minnesotan who has driven that bridge many times my heart and prayers go out to your family during this tragic time,and hope you find peace and comfort in the times ahead.
August 07, 2007
Mary, Mark & Family
Yesterday's service made me proud to say I was part of this family and celebration of Pat's life.
The whole experiance was one every person in that church will remember the rest of their lives.
I'am honored to have been included.
Your faith is amazing.
Lots of love; Kitty
August 07, 2007
Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Pat Holmes. May your memories bring you comfort. God bless you.
August 07, 2007
In My Pocket

I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.
Jennifer, Gavin, Rena, Mark, Mary & Family, Pat was one of God's most precious treasure's but needed him far too soon! Pat was a close friend to our son Todd, and also his sister's Tami & Tracy. We remember all the good times on Alameda Street. They had lots of fun swimming at the Alm's, rideing their big wheels, and playing T-ball in the street! We will always remember his smile and all the fun times. Our son Todd, went to heaven in 1981, when he was 10 yrs. old. He probably greeted Pat at the gates, and is showing him around up in heaven... or maybe playing some baseball! Our whole family sends our deepest sympathies to you all! Love & Prayer's, John & Barbara Buehler
August 06, 2007
The Holmes Family, I was deeply saddened to hear of Pat's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Pat was like a brother to me growing up in the old neighborhood. He was a teammate, schoolmate, partner in mischief, but most of all, he was a great friend. Pat will truly be missed.
August 06, 2007
Jennifer, I remember you both from H-M. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Pat touched many lives.
August 06, 2007
Jenny and family...
My heart breaks for your loss and my prayers are with you all now and in the future.
August 06, 2007
Dear Mark and Mary,
What a gift Pat was in so many lives! We pray that God's Love will continue to be the Source of Strength in your family.
August 06, 2007
Pat was in school with our daughter Shelley at Maternity Of Mary..........Our hearts go out to the family at this time and the days ahead.
August 06, 2007
Jennifer, Gavin, Rena and the Holmes family,

We were deeply saddened by the news of your loss. While we didn’t know Pat well, it was apparent he was a loving father and husband. I know Pat will be missed by all who knew him. There are no words worthy to console at times like these. Just know that even though these days are hard; Pat lives on in your thoughts, stories and most importantly your hearts.


Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
~PSALMS 27:14
August 06, 2007
Ba, Mike,& family,
I was lucky to be a teamate of Pat's co-rec broomball team. I will always remember Pat, when thinking of all the fun we had playing broomball. It was due, partly to the fact he was so damm good. He would always pass the ball to us girls, so we would have a shot to score. He was a good team player. I'll miss his competitive spirit and his green helmet on the ice. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.
August 06, 2007
I cannot pretend to fathom your grief. Just know you are not alone in your grief and that me and my church are praying for you a your family.
August 06, 2007
Jenny & kids,
About all that any of us can say, is that our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. Extra kisses for the kids and my thoughts are with you.
August 06, 2007
To Patrick's family and friends, I am very sorry for your loss. He was a special husband and father and a good athlete, too! I pray that you will find peace and comfort.
August 06, 2007
Mike (Jennifer, Mr & Mrs. Holmes and family):
Please accept my deepest sympathies. I am sorry that I was unable to attend services. Please know that my heart is with you!
August 06, 2007
god be with you
August 06, 2007
Our prayers and thoughts are with you. May your faith uphold you now and always.
August 06, 2007
My sympathy goes out to all of you--Pat's family, friends, and coworkers. For 5 months this past year, Pat was my trainer in a neck study at the research center. I knew his father posed in the photos describing the exercises I needed. We speculated on the Twins-he was probably right that Jason Bartlette might not be up to repeating last year's stellar performance. We discussed hairlines. And his help in fixing my neck problems along with the great smile and patient and sometimes irreverant advice made me miss him when his part of my participation ended. I'm sure you are all bereft, but so proud of the impact he had on so many lives.
Best wishes, Anne Arthur
August 06, 2007
Holmes Family-
I don't know Pat but like many others I felt the need to express my deepest sympathy for your family. I feel for Pat and all of those involved in the I-35 Bridge collapse. Please know that My thoughts and preyers are with you. Kiss those beautiful kids, and know that they have an Angel watching over them for the rest of their lives.
August 06, 2007
Dear Jennifer,
We are truely sorry for your loss. Pat was my son Dante's Tball coach in 2006. Dante loved having him as a coach, Pat really knew how to work with the kids. We didn't know your family well, but Pat seemed like a wonderful person. You and your family are in our prayers.
August 06, 2007
Dear Holmes Family,

I am so sorry for the loss of Pat and the unimaginable pain this brings. I hope you and your children are eventually able to find some kind of peace and happiness in the world he left.
August 06, 2007
Mike & Holmes Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
August 06, 2007
Jennifer,

Kim and I are so deeply sorry for your loss. We hope you find comfort from loved ones that are near and peace through the prays from afar.
August 06, 2007
Dr Holmes and Family
Just heard about your tragic lost today and wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
August 06, 2007
To Jennifer, Mark, Mary, and the Holmes Family
I was truly sadden to learn of Pat death. Please know you and the whole family are in my thoughts and prayers. While not seeing Pat for a very long time, he along with the other Holmes kids and my family did many canoe and camping trips together as he was growing up. The joy of those trips still brings a smile to my lips. He will be missed. God bless you all. With deepest sympathy
August 06, 2007
I am holding you all close in my heart, as well as the precious memory of this young Irish lad with the twinkling grin.

I love you,
Your cousin Laura
August 06, 2007
Dear Holmes Family,

I just wanted to let you know that thoughts and prayers are with you at this time when life is so hard to understand. I did not know Paul but when a small community like ours feels the loss of two of its members in such a tragic, senseless way I wanted you to know that this community has you in their arms.
August 06, 2007
The Patrick Holmes family...

Our nation mourns for those who have lost loved ones in the 35W bridge collapse.

May you somehow find comfort from all who care and love you and your family.

God bless you during this difficult time. My prayers and my deepest sympathy is with you all.
August 06, 2007
Mike, Jennifer and the entire Holmes family, I just received the news of your awfull tragedy(I'd been away for the weekend with no media). I don't know what to say. I hope that the strength of God, each other and all those who love you can bring you some comfort as you deal with your loss. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Be with You.
August 06, 2007
Well Jennifer, it's up to you to be strong through God and instill in your children the precious memories of their Daddy and how much he loved them.
August 06, 2007
I'm very sorry for your loss. From the moment it happened, I have been praying for you and your loved ones to have strength and courage through this difficult time. Every time I think of this awful tragedy, I weep for the victims and all their families that have suffered through this. Your in our thoughts and prayers always.
August 06, 2007
Jenny and family-

I remember Pat well from HM and obviously your family from St. Pascal's. My deepest prayers and sympathies with you in such a difficult time. Pat's generous and welcoming spirit was certainly appreciated by me and many others.
August 06, 2007
Jenny and the Holmes family, Pat seemed like such a great person, husband, and father, and seeing his smiling face in the picture just breaks my heart. I am so sorry for your loss, and pray that you can be at peace soon. Please know that all of Minnesota is praying for you and has you in our heart! God bless you.
August 06, 2007
Dear Holmes' family,
My deepest sympathy to your family. I went so grade school with Pat and have many fond memories of spending time watching ball games and hanging out at North Dale. May the fond memories of Pat be in your hearts always.
August 06, 2007
My deepest sympathy to all of you at your great loss. I never knew Pat but knew his dad and grandmother from the Highland Park neighborhood. I will keep you all in my prayers
Roseann Shaughnessy Rogers
August 06, 2007
Dear Family of Patrick,
Our family is deeply saddened by Patrick's passing. We don't know him but can see his was a life lived to the fullest with many friends and good times. Bless you and know that so many are here to help.
August 06, 2007
Dear Holmes' family,
I have many fond memories of attending Maternity of Mary with Pat. My heart goes out to your entire family at this time.
August 06, 2007
My deepest sympathy to the entire Holmes family. Many years have passed since our families first became friends in Japan, but today my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
August 06, 2007
Dear Shannon and all of the Holmes,

Please accept my deepest sympathy at the loss of Pat in this horrible, senseless tragedy. Our family will keep him in our prayers and thoughts, as well as your entire family. I hope you receive some small condolence in the love that is shared for your family.

May Pat rest in peace.

God Bless You All.
August 06, 2007
It's been many years since Japan, and a long time since I've seen all of you, but it appears Patrick grew up to be a wonderful man. I am so sorry for your loss.
August 06, 2007
Our hearts go out to you and your family.
August 06, 2007
Jenny and family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.
August 06, 2007
Jenny, and the Holmes family:

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your entire family during this time. After conversation with my husband, we would like to offer as a gift of service to your family to create a moving tribute online or DVD or CD and/or an online memorial/legacy website for Pat, if you are interested. My husband is the head webmaster for Student Services at San Diego State University, and he experience in developing both. I know that everything is still very fresh, but if you interested later, please contact me by email. It is the least that I/we can do for you.

May God continue bless your family.

Michelle (Missie) Larson-Sadler
Maternity of Mary School 1973-81
Hill-Murray School Class of 1985
August 06, 2007
Jenny & Family...
I played baseball at Winona w/Pat for 4 yrs as well against him for 8+ yrs during ametuer ball. He was a born leader & great guy to be around. My heart goes out to you & your family...may God give you the strength to get through this difficult time.

God Bless,
August 06, 2007
My prayer and sympathy are extended to the Holmes family. Words are difficult to put into place and how to express how one feels at a time like this. May God ease the pain and know He is there; all you need to do is ask.

A fellow Pioneer...
August 06, 2007
Dear Holmes Family & Mike,
My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. It was a pleasure playing on the same co-rec broomball team with both Pat and Mike. It was fun watching them move the ball around on the ice!! With deep condolences,
August 06, 2007
I HAVEN'T SEEN PAT FOR A LONG TIME BUT I CONSIDERED HIM A GREAT FRIEND. I HAVE MANY MEMORIES OF PAT AND I KNOW HE'LL BE MISSED. MY THOUGHT'S AND PRAYER'S ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY
August 06, 2007
Ba and Family:
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Take comfort in fond memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
August 06, 2007
To the Family,
My sincerest sympathy to you and yours.I met Pat at his work just a couple of weeks ago.I will miss his dynamic smile and his great sense of humor.
August 06, 2007
Jennifer,
The 4 years I spent working with Pat in exercise therapy at NWHSU were some of the best of my life. He was helpful, honest, funny, hard working and competitive, and I will never forget our time together. It was so obvious that although sports were a huge part of his life, that his family took priority and precidence over everything else. Though this must be beyond belief for you that such a tragedy could take your wonderful husband, please know that he was loved and admired by many.
August 06, 2007
Jenny and family,
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I still remember Pat's infectious smile in high school. May God be with you during this difficult time.
August 06, 2007
Dear Mark, Mary and Family,

My sincere codolences for your tragic loss.

May you find peace and comfort in your memories of a loving son.
August 06, 2007
Jennifer, Gavin, Rena and the Holmes family,

I was in the same high school class as Pat at Hill-Murray (Class of '89) and although I didn't know him very well, I remember him as a kind and funloving guy. It sounds like he was a great husband, friend and Dad as well. As the father of 2 young kids, I can only imagine how difficult this loss must be for you. You are in our thoughts and prayers and you have our deepest sympathy.
August 06, 2007
To the family of Patrick Holmes- I didn't know Patrick, but I grew up in Mounds View and my parents still live there (neighbors of Paul Eickstadt). I am so deeply sorry for your loss, and my thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time.
August 06, 2007
Ba, I'm so sorry for your loss and the pain on your family. I wish you all peace.
August 06, 2007
While Pat and I didn't know each other well, we were in the same high school class and as such this trajedy hit close to home for me. No matter how small the connection I had to Pat, the Hill-Murray community is one of faith and loyalty, and as such I was fortunate to be a part of it and to have known Pat.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. While I can't even yet relate to the extent of your loss, I hope that my words here can help soften the pain you are feeling at this time. In this way, I offer my deepest sympathy and to ask God to bless you and your family as you slowly move forward from this terrible loss.
August 06, 2007
Jenny~
My deepest sympathy go out to you and your family. I competed against Pat in both Hockey and Baseball growing up and 1 thing I could never do is catch up to his fastball. He was a great athlete and from what I've heard even a better person. As a former St.Pascal's classmate of yours, know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
August 06, 2007
Dear Holmes family,

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I to grew up with and went to Maternity with him. We played all sports together along with VFW. He will be missed.
August 06, 2007
Sincere sympathy in your loss, Pat - R.N. in TN
August 06, 2007
To the Holmes Family:

Blessings to you in this time of sorrow.

I will continue to remember you and Pat in my prayers. A great soul leaves a trail of beautiful memories.
August 06, 2007
Jenny and family, May our thoughts and prayers surround you! God Bless You!!
August 06, 2007
Dear Holmes Family~ I had the wonderful opportunity to be able to teach Gavin and Rena at the YMCA. There was rarely a week where both of their parents weren't present. You could truly see all the love and compassion throughout their family. I have been blessed to meet him if only briefly. God Bless.
August 06, 2007
Dear Holmes Family~ I had the wonderful opportunity to teach Gavin and Rena in swimming lessons at the YMCA. I can remember there was rarely a week that both of their parents weren't present at lessons. You could see the love and compassion between this family. I am blessed to have been able to meet him if only briefly. God Bless and may his strength and wisdom guide you in the days ahead.
August 06, 2007
Dr.Holmes,Mrs.Holmes,Ba,Mark,
Colleen, and both families, I am so sorry for your loss. Although I didn't know Pat very well, if he was anything like his father, he was a wonderful man. Love and prayers are being sent your way. God bless.
August 06, 2007
To Whom It May Concern,

I was with Patrick on Wednesday, August 1st from 10:00AM to 11:00AM. He has been my excercise therepist for the last month. (I am in the back pain study).
It has been a pleasure "working" with him and getting to know him. He took his work seriously, and always had a smile on his face. We had many conversations over the last month, and I quite enjoyed his company. We talked about his fishing and hiking trips he recently took. Even about his friend's month long trip to India.
He helped me strengthen my "core" and has been intrumental in down-grading my level of back pain.
Even though I only knew him for one month, I will greatly miss him and our times together.
One thing that I've taken away from this whole tragedy, is that every moment we have on this planet is special and not to be taken for granted.
My wife crossed the very same bridge within approximately five minutes before Patrick did.
The times ahead for you will be difficult. Please reach out to all your loved ones, and USE the support systems you have. I pray that better days await you and your familes.

Brian Splatt
August 05, 2007
Jenny, I can't express how sorry we are for your loss. I have always sensed such an easiness in you and Pat, able to read each other so well, a true connection. Now, that connection will never leave. Pat will be forever at your side and he lives on with every step and in every breath of your beautiful children. The world would be a much better place if we had more people like Pat. Don't hesitate to lean on all these people who are hoping to help in any way. All your wonderful memories and pictures will help also. God bless you Jenny, Gavin, and Rena, and both of your families. Your friend, Cathy
August 05, 2007
My heart goes out to you and your family. I am very sorry for your loss.
August 05, 2007
Jenny--I went to Hill with Pat and enjoyed him so much in class! You two were such a cute high school couple that grew into a wonderful family. Please accept my deepest sympathies during these tough days. My family will continuously pray for you and your family. Molly Malone Class of '89
August 05, 2007
Jenny--I went to Hill with Pat and enjoyed him so much in class! You two were such a cute high school couple that grew into a wonderful family. Please accept my deepest sympathies during these tough days. My family will continuously pray for you and your family.
August 05, 2007
Dear Jenny, My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your children, may the memories with your husband Pat lift you up and keep you strong during this very difficult time.
Sincerely, your friends/classmates and the parish of St. Pascals pray for you.
August 05, 2007
My heart goes out for you all. Some of us are chosen early. He was chosen early and is now sitting with his Creator. My prayers for your family.
August 05, 2007
Dear Holmes Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I knew Pat from M of M. I remember him always having a little fun teasing me but also as a great athlete and schoolmate. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. I will keep your family in my daily thoughts and prayers.
August 05, 2007
Jenny and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Pat was a great guy and our hearts go out to you.
August 05, 2007
Dear Holmes Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
August 05, 2007
Going Home

Go rest now precious one,
Your life in eternity has just begun.
Now you can walk, your legs are brand
new.
All of heaven is now in your view.

Look all around,it's all in your sight,
There will never be another dark night.
Flowers and jewels, the street of pure gold,and all of the things that have been told.

I can just imagine the smile on your face as you walk all around in that beautiful place.
Greeting our loved ones as you walk along,while singing heaven's most beautiful song.

This is so very hard,but it will all be okay,it isn't goodbye,we'll see you one day.
We love you and we'll miss you and at times it will be tough,but as with everything,God's grace will be enough.

You are all in our thoughts and prayers
August 05, 2007
Dear Holmes Family,

I did not know Pat, but my heart and prayers go out to you. I was a parishioner at Maternity of Mary for the past 10 years and just last year moved to Fridley.
Pat sounds like he was a wonderful man. God be with you at this time.

In Christ,
August 05, 2007
Jenny and Family,
Pat was a wonderful teammate and tremendous leader. I can only imagine what a wonderful husband and father he became. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.
August 05, 2007
Dear Family,
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. Please now that a nation is praying for you and in those times ahead when you are weak, our prayers will carry you. May you find peace in knowing that Pat is now home and he will be watching over you and protecting you until the day you can go home to be with him again. We are so sorry for you loss.
August 05, 2007
Deepest sympathy to all the members of the Holmes family.
Our years at North Dale, Maternity of Mary and Hill-Murray have long since past. I have such clear images of the little boy, awkward teenager and young adult and didn’t get to know Pat the man, the husband and the father. I hope the memories of Pat’s energetic spirit will fill you during the good times and carry you through the rough patches.On behalf of the family, our thoughts are with you. Jim, Sharon, Mike, Bill, Molly Dueber
August 05, 2007
The Catholic Community of St. Joseph on Madeline Island remembered Patrick and the extended family at evening Mass, Aug. 4. May he rest in peace.
August 05, 2007
Dear Holmes Family,

I was deeply saddened when I heard Pat's name on television. I was hoping it was not Colleen's younger brother, but when they showed his picture, there was no mistaking that distinctive "Holmes" smile. I have many great memories from the time I spent with your family during my grade school years. You are truly a special family and I am very sorry for your loss.
August 05, 2007
To the Holmes family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Pat kept us focused and positive on the broomball rink, he would want all of you to stay positive and know your memories will bring you comfort.
Hill-Murray ('87) Co-Rec Broomball
August 05, 2007
From the Porter Family..Our condolences go out to your family for your loss. Mr. Holmes was a HERO to many people as you see. He will greatly be missed..GOD BLESS..
My dearest loved one, here on earth,

I saw a tear fall down your face.

You didn’t see me standing there,

Nor could you feel my soft embrace.



But I was standing next to you,

I know you looked around.

You seemed to wonder what it was

You thought you heard a sound.



Yes my love, it was I,

Who came to check on you.

I saw a tear fall from your eye,

I knew you were feeling blue.



Even though you cannot see me.

Please know that I am near

I am now an angel from above

To brush away your tear.



I know each day you think of me

And many times shed a tear.

But please just close your eyes

And know that I am near.



As I have told you often,

Do not be afraid to cry.

It does relieve the pain

Knowing we had to say goodbye.



One thing is for certain,

Even though life on earth is o’er

I’m still closer to you now

Than ever I was before.



I know you still don’t understand

Why I had to leave this earth

God doesn’t have any secrets;

It’s just all planned from our birth.



Someday when you have joined me

And meet God at His Throne,

It’s then you will understand

The questions that have been unknown.
August 05, 2007
Dear Holmes Fmily:

I am so sorry for the loss to your family. I played baseball and graduated with Pat from Hill-Murray. I was shocked to hear of the accident, even though I live in CA and have not seen Pat in a long time, it hit me hard.

It seems like just yesterday we were playing ball together. Pat was always serious on the baseball field, but he could always make you laugh. Having 2 young boys, it breaks my heart to even think of how hard this will be for Jennifer and the kids.

The thoughts and prayers are out to you from all my family. Pat will be missed.
August 05, 2007
Jennifer and kids,
I was in South Dakota when Chris called me with the news. Our hearts ache for you. We will keep you in our prayers.
Tracy, Chris, Madi and Lily Mowery
August 05, 2007
Dear Jenny and the Holmes family,

My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you during this difficult time. I had lost touch with Pat but I'm so thankful for having been classmates with him in grade school and high school. He will be missed by so many. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Carolyn Kroening Dyrdahl
August 05, 2007
I don't know what to say. I am shocked. Mr. Holmes was an inspiration to me and although the first couple years it didn't make sense - his words have stayed with me as I have become a successful adult. As a coach he cared and we knew it. We who don't have great families, listened to Mr. Holmes talk about his. You all were very lucky to have him and it wasn't supposed to happen this way. his family so young, his relationships so strong. it doesn't make sense. We don't know why and we never will. It isn't fair - I can't even begin to imagine your pain. I don't know that anyone could say anything to make anything feel any better - All I know is that Pat probably never knew how many lives he influenced and those lives went out to influence others. His body is not here any longer - but his legacy will live on for decades and decades. One thing I remember was being an outsider - not good at really anything but baseball. He was the only person at that time in my life that beleived in me. I never got to thank him for the small things that he did and the confidence that he instilled and how it changed my life. I coach baseball for an inner city organization myself now. I can only hope that I can do for others what Pat did for me at a fragile impressionable time in my life.

To the family - he loved his wife. we all knew that. I wasn't around when your children were born - but there is no doubt in my mind that he loved his children and that his children can be very proud of the father that they have.

Our entire church is praying for your family. In your times of pain know that there are hundreds of thousands of people across the world praying for your family...as the media starts to die down and everyone's life (not directly effected) starts to "feel normal" there will still be thousands of people that will never forget and will never stop praying for a peace from the one who loves us.

no words can express how sorry I am for your loss. i'm so so so sorry that such a wonderful man's life was cut short and that your family is left with the pain of knowing that the world lost a fantastic human this week. Continuous prayers are going out for your family....
August 05, 2007
Our thought and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss.

God bless,
August 05, 2007
Im very sorry for this tragic time in your lives. I remember the good ol' times at RAMS when Pat was a hall monitor. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Pat. You are all in our prayers. Stay Strong!!!!
August 05, 2007
Jenny & family ~
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know I am thinking of you, and you are in my thoughts and prayers.
August 05, 2007
I can't get your family out of my mind. This tradegy was so senseless. There is no rhym or reason - just pain. I don't beleive that God intended for this to happen. I don't beleive that this was part of a master plan or his time to go. I don't beleive that there is a reason for everything. I do beleive that Pat touched many people in his time on earth. I do beleive that out of tradegy good may come - but it doesn't lessen the pain that we all know your family is going through. We will pray for peace assistance from the holy spirit during this time of pain and suffering. This wasn't supposed to happen. It is tradegic and a loss for all those who know Mr. Holmes. He is remembered and we are thankful for the time that he had was in our lives. Deepest sympathy and prayers during the beginning of a very hard time for you and your family.
August 05, 2007
Pat was a baseball player of mine at WSU. He was a real team player with outstanding work ethic. He was ready to help whenever it was needed. I was deeply saddened to hear of his death in the tragic accident. Our sincere sympathy to all of you. Say hi to Tom Tusa. Coach Grob and family
August 05, 2007
To the Holmes family,
I was shocked to hear of Pat's tragic death. I graduated high school with him at H-M back in 89' My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Jenny. God bless you as well.
August 05, 2007
You and your family our in our prayers. We didn't know you personally but we do have a connection with your sister, Shari. She was my grand-daughter's teacher at Somerset Elementary, we have since moved to Prescott Valley, Az. Our prayers are with your whole family at this tragic time.
August 05, 2007
To the Holmes family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Don and Mary Swanson, St. Paul and Scott E. Swanson H-M (84)Portland, Oregon
August 05, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with Patrick's family. May God hold you in the palm of his hand, giving you the strength to get through this terrible time and the months and years to come. The earth lost a wonderful man but heaven gained an angel.

God Bless You!
Susan
August 05, 2007
I can't contribute much beacause I only met Pat once. I know Colleen who dates my brother Tom, and Kathleen, and if that's any indication, I have a really good idea of who Pat's family is. It is a testament to their parents and their bonds as siblings that they are as fine a people as one could meet.
God bless all of you and especially Pat's wife and children for their loss. I can't imagine the pain and grief. My prayers and the prayers of my family are with you.
August 05, 2007
Jenny-
Dan & I were both so shocked and saddened to hear of Pat's tragic death. Jenny, you & I waitressed together at Byerlys and often talked about our VFW boys. Dan has fond memories of VFW ball with Pat and says he just remembers him being an all-around great person. We are so sorry for your loss and lift you up in prayer.
August 05, 2007
To the Holmes Family, Thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of mourning. Remember the good times and think of Pat as your angel now. We knew Pat from coaching Roseville middle school as a coach for our youngest son and playing ball against our oldest in the St.Paul league. Pat remembered our oldest and he did talk with him. Pat was very pleasant to talk too. I know he will keep watch over you now as he is in heaven. Deepest Sympathy to all of you.
August 05, 2007
no words can describe the pain you are going through right now, God wanted Pat home for a reason, I pray for your family every day and know God will get you your family through this diffucult time, God Bless
August 05, 2007
To The Holmes Family, we met your family at a recent family wedding, it was such a wonderful time, full of hope and love for the future. Please know at this time that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Robert and Janess Davis
August 05, 2007
Dear Jennifer & family,
May God bless and comfort you during this most difficult time. I didn't want to believe that the name I saw on the news was the same Pat Holmes I remembered from Hill Murray. He was a great athlete, an all-around good guy, and he loved you from the day you two met in high school. My heart goes out to you, Jenny, I can't imagine what you are going through right now, but know that you have a lot of friends who are thinking of you and praying for you. I will always be here for you as a friend. God bless you, your children and Pat's family. My prayers are with you right now.
August 05, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
August 05, 2007
Jenny, we are so sorry for your loss. Paul and I have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers . God bless.
Paul and Nicole Ballard and family
August 05, 2007
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
August 05, 2007
I had the honor of reffing Pat and his other family members and team-mates in the Roseville broomball leagues for several years. Pat was one of the nicest guys I have ever met, on or off the ice, as were his other family members and team-mates. I am truly saddened by this tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Peace be with you, as it also will be with Pat.
August 05, 2007
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
August 05, 2007
I had the honor of being with Patrick's brother the night of the accident, as one of the chaplains in the family center. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all in these difficult days ahead. May you feel the thousands of prayers being offered for you each day by people around the world and may you feel their comfort.
August 05, 2007
To the Holmes Family,

I too, knew Pat from Maternity of Mary. It was such a small school that everyone knew everybody. I pulled out my grade school yearbooks and there were many pictures of Pat in there-quite a popular kid! I mostly remember Pat playing baseball at North Dale and what a great player he was.

My prayers are with you at this time.
August 05, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to all of you. I remember Patrick as a happy, good-natured preschooler at Jack and Jill Preschool in Roseville, which his dear Aunt Mary and I owned.
August 05, 2007
Jennifer and family,

We on Sunnyside road are very sorry for your loss. We would all like to help in anyway that we can. Our thoughts and our prayers go out to your entier family. Please let us help. You may not know some of us but we all care and will keep and eye out for you and your family at all times. My God bless you and keep you you extra close to his heart.
August 05, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss of your beloved Patrick.
August 05, 2007
To the family of Patrick Holmes,
Though we have never met, you will forever be in my prayers. God bless you all.
August 05, 2007
I am touched by the many entires in this guestbook, some of those from people like me, who never knew Pat, but simply want to convey their sympathies. Most touching are the many, many remembrances from old friends who repeatedly talk about Pat's kindness, compassion, love of family, and what an overall great guy he was. My deepest sympathies to his family with hope that these condolences will help heal their broken hearts.

Former Minnesotan,
now living in southeast Idaho
August 05, 2007
Jenny, sorry to hear about his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.
August 05, 2007
What can we possibly say or do when we cannot do the one thing we'd like to do -- make it all go back to the way it was.

Patrick was one of the special people to pass through this world. Fortunately, he is one of many of those special folks in his extended family. He will live on through eternity in the hearts and memories of that wonderful group.

May you find peace in those wonderful memories and in your faith. May the Lord comfort you and guide you into that place of peace.
August 05, 2007
Jenny, Sorry about Pat and that we never got to met him. Our prayers and thought s are with all of your family. I know that your Great Aunt Maraget would wish you the best and her prayers too.
August 05, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
August 05, 2007
To the Holmes Family:

I went to Hill with Pat. My sympathy goes out to Jenny and your family. Although we have not stayed in touch to see Pat's name and face in the paper seemed surreal. My heart and prayers go out to the Holmes family.
August 05, 2007
R.I.P Pat Holmes........MY wonderful Teacher Aide at Roseville High!My prays and gratitude go up to you in heaven! Also,a wonderful person to me when i was struggling in life...i will never forget playing with his new puppie at the football field and meeting his wonderful wife Jennifer. You never forgot me, you showed me the light when my world was so dark..i am sharing with others now how your caring showed me lite in my life! Amen my prays go to his brother Mike and Wife Jennifer and children and Dr and Mrs Holmes and everyone else Pat touched! AMEN , i say to you AMEN +
August 05, 2007
Our prayers are with your family. May peace be with you at this difficult time. Remembering Pat from Hill Murray.
August 05, 2007
My deepest sympathies to Pat's family. May God keep you safe in His arms and may your memories of Pat comfort you. He is in Heaven and how lucky for Heaven to have him there.
August 05, 2007
We have never met, but please accept my deep sympathy at Patrick's death.
August 05, 2007
To Pat's family, friends, co-workers: I met Pat only briefly, at the Wolfe-Harris research center. He was delightful. He asked for a street sign from where I live (Holmes Ave.). From what I have learned about him, he was everything I'd like my own sons to be (both ball players) ... may you all be comforted by your memories.
August 05, 2007
My deepest sympathies to family & friends. May God comfort you during this most difficult time.
August 04, 2007
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
August 04, 2007
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and your boys each day.
God Bless You
August 04, 2007
To the entire Holmes & Volhaber families~ God Bless you all and we express our sympathy for you at this most tragic time. We will continue to pray for you all. Anyone who had Pat in their life knew what a genuine kind man he was. Pat is a true example of a loving husband, friend, father, and family member. Pat's smile was contagious. We love you man! Jennifer, Gavin, and Rena...you are his shining stars!
August 04, 2007
My condolences to you, Jenny and your children. And to you, Dr. & Mrs. Holmes, Mike, Shannon, Colleen, and Ba. I have known the Holmes family for the better part of thirty years, from all the years at M of M school and North Dale playground. May your faith sustain you all during this time.

Steve Gerdts- M of M Class of '78
August 04, 2007
Jennifer, Gavin, & Rena~ It has been an honor to have your children in my childcare for the last 6 years. God Bless you all in this tragedy. Pat & Jennifer's love for each other shine through in their BEAUTIFUL children. A VERY SPECIAL family. Pat was a man that cared deeply for his family. We all will continue to keep Pat alive in the beautiful memories that were created during Pat's lifetime. Jenny and kids I love you and will always be here for you. Pat rest in peace! God Bless you all.
August 04, 2007
Be Still

Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.

August 04, 2007
May God's Grace and Love be with you M.C., Mark and Family and especially Jennifer and children and may it sustain you for the many months to come without Pat......such tragedy we cannot understand and we often ask ourselves why does God take home to heaven the "best" people and at such inopportune times for us here on earth.......I am offering up my sincerest prayers for your comfort....With the deepest of Sympathy.......Ginny Miller
August 04, 2007
Be Still

Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.

August 04, 2007
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God heal all of you as you go through this terrible time.
August 04, 2007
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2007


August 04, 2007
Dear Mark, Mary and all the Holmes family,
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Our prayers are with you.
August 04, 2007
God Bless Patrick and your entire family.
Amen
August 04, 2007
I pray for God's comfort to the family and friends of Patrick during this devastating time and for the road ahead. I pray for his kids and his wife, that they can see God and feel his comfort and love amidst this darkness. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
August 04, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
August 04, 2007
I was counting my blessings that nobody I knew seemed to be involved in the bridge collapse. I came home Friday and scanned CNN to get updates. Pat's face was at the top of one of the articles - and I shook because I saw my great friend Mike from grade school in that picture. Then I read the name. Just horrible.

Pat was a devious and smart-as-heck little kid when Mike and I were friends. We went our different ways in high school, and I'd lost touch with the family.

I don't know when you were informed, but by god, Thursday, all day, I found myself thinking about Mike, his sisters, Pat and their great mom & dad. Mike, if you read this.. you'll see that this is indeed an odd but expected coincidence.

If one is very old, a soldier or fireman or police officer, one anticipates that they might not come home any given day. But driving home from work? The most mundane thing you can imagine?

It's cruel and unfair - and I am so sad for you all. Yours is a strong family, though, and I know you'll coax meaning out of this tragedy and move on. But for now.. how very, very sad.
August 04, 2007
Dear Jenny and Family,
We were so saddened to hear of your loss. Out thoughts and prayers are with you at this most tragic of times.

We wish that there was more that we could do or say to help and comfort you.
August 04, 2007
To the family and friends of Patrick. May God hold you close through this difficult time, may his love suround you in the days ahead. God's blessings always.
August 04, 2007
To the family of Patrick Holmes, we send our deepest condolences. At a time like this, perhaps some solace comes from knowing that strangers have also been deeply touched by the death of your loved one.

My fiance lost his life at age 29 trying to rescue a child in a river. I have some idea, in my own way, about how you are feeling at this sad time.

Know you are in the thoughts and prayers of many.
August 04, 2007
I believe you go by "Homer"...
May God keep you close-
He must of needed another angel.

And to your family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so very sorry for your loss. God Bless you all!
August 04, 2007
Pat was a great guy. I had the privilege to play baseball with him for Rice Street VFW and when I moved to Coon Rapids I played against him in football and baseball while he was at Hill Murray. He was a great sport, fun to hang out with and an unbelievable athlete.
My prayers go out to his family. I'm sure like in sports he excelled at being a great husband and a father too.
God bless Pat! And God bless your family.
August 04, 2007
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
August 04, 2007
I'm sure that he was as beautiful as his marvelous parents. The apple never falls far from the tree.

Sending you more love than you would every know.

Colleen Thompson Michels and Jim Michels
August 04, 2007
To the Holmes Family. As long time friends of the Holmes, it is indeed a sad day with the loss of Patrick. Our condolences to all of the Holmes Family. Rest in peace Patrick.
August 04, 2007
Jenny and kids,
Just know that you are in everyone's thoughts and prayers on a daily basis, and only time can heal your pain and sorrow. I know that you have a great support system. Words cannot express what you or your family must be going through.. Just know that Pat is going to give you strength to pull through. For he is now your angel.
August 04, 2007
Holmes Family - I was shocked to hear the news about Pat, I'm so sorry for your loss. I went to school with Pat at Maternity of Mary and have many memories of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
August 04, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with your family in this sad time. I know from living my whole life in the midwest how special our people are, and how we can pull together to get through a tragedy. God bless you all.
August 04, 2007
Mark, Mary & Family,
We cannot imagine what you are going through; it is hard for us to wrap our minds around the events of this tragedy.
We send our love, support, and prayers,
August 04, 2007
My deepest sympathy to all the family.

Just by reading Patrick's Obituary brakes my heart, he was certainly a family man, who loved his family dearly as well as those around him, he was trully a unique person, Patrick probably had the nicest heart, I can see all the love his family, friends had for him. Patrick is in Heaven with Our Lord, his spirit would always be with you.

May Our Lord give you comfort and peace.

Vaya con Dios Patrick...
August 04, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
August 04, 2007
Jenny,
Pat was a good man and friend that will be sorely missed from his slapshot in broomball to all those crazy poker games he had and his jokes and smiles. Our hearts go out to you and your family.
August 04, 2007
Pat was one of my students at Maternity of Mary back in 84-85. A fine student, athlete & leader.

If I found that I needed support on an issue regarding the class, Pat was going to be one of the people I would need in order to make it happen. If he objected, soon others followed! He didn't have to say a word if he was OK with it - he had that much presence.

As a ballplayer, all we had to do was give him the ball & sit back & watch for the entire game. He threw some heat! When he got to the plate we all stood, knowing that the ball was going to go far.

While I have lost touch with the students, I always thought that things were going to turn out well - these were an outstanding group of kids. Pat was at the forefront of this group & I wish I could put into words many of us feel right now.

I was lucky to know Pat as a good kid. By reading what others are saying, he obviously grew into a very good man.
August 04, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. I will always remember his smile and joking when we played cards and bowled together.....Tom
August 04, 2007
Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Patrick for this sudden loss. May God provide you the comfort you seek at this difficult time.
August 04, 2007
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
August 04, 2007
August 04, 2007
TO the family of Patrick Holmes'
What a terrible accident, and to loss someone as special as pat. My thoughts and prayers are with you
August 03, 2007
Jennifer, I am so deeply saddened to hear about Pat. I have tried so many times to express what I am feeling for you and your children and words just don't do enough. Please feel our thoughts and feel our prayers and know that our heart breaks for you.
August 03, 2007
My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I went to high school with Pat, and although I've lost touch with many people from Hill you don't ever forget the people with as much kindness in their hearts as he had. He will be remembered by many.
August 03, 2007
Jenny & Family,
Words can never be enough to express the pain of losing Pat the way you did. My heart is with you.
August 03, 2007
Jenny, Mike, and family, I was deeply saddened to learn (while I am currently in Nashville, TN for a national convocation for my church) that Pat was a victim of the bridge tragedy. I have been keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Pat was known for being a great friend who was funny and fun to be with. I will miss his smile and laughter. It was always clear to me that you,Jenny and your kids were his top priority in how he lived his life. I thank God for having the opportunity to have known Pat as good friend.
August 03, 2007
TO THE HOLMES FAMILY - GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU IN THIS TIME OF SORROW - WE ARE GRIEVING ALONG WITH YOU. WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER PAT AS A GREAT CO-WORKER AND A WONDERFUL GUY. YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AT THIS TRAGIC TIME
BECKY HALL AND SUE RUDIE
August 03, 2007
Jennifer, Gavin, and Rena and Mike
Pat was a good man. I have never heard him say a bad word about anyone. He loved you all very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be missed by all those who knew him.
August 03, 2007
Deepest sympathy for Pat's family at this difficult time. I have fond memories of school days with Pat at Maternity of Mary.
August 03, 2007
Mary Clare and Mark, and the family: I was so shocked to find that Pat was taken. It is a big loss, I know. My prayers are with you and with Jennifer and with the children. My brother, Dave, wants to be included.
August 03, 2007
To the entire Holmes family,
Our deepest sympathy to you in this time of great loss. May you find strength in each other and from those who send their love.
August 03, 2007
Dear Jenny and Family
I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
August 03, 2007
Deepest Sympathy!
August 03, 2007
Jenny, Mike, and family: My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I enjoyed working with all of you during my years at RAHS. Pat was a wonderful friend and a great man. He will be missed by many.
August 03, 2007
May God Bless Patrick. May he rest in peace and watch over you and your children. You are in my prayers.
August 03, 2007
To All the Holmes,
Our Hearts & Prayers go out to all of you in the days ahead. God Bless Pat in his journey to Heaven. Mary Clare, Mark, Jennifer, and everyone, God speed comfort & healing to all of you.
Kay Schlaefer Knutson
Megan & Andrew
August 03, 2007
Jennifer, Gavin & Rena,
Pat was our daughters favorite coach in soccer and baseball. He will be greatly missed by all who had contact with him. He was the best and we were privaleged to know him. Our condolences to you and your family. This has been a terrible tragedy which has affected many people including myself as we lost a relative of our own. Our hearts go out to you and still cannot believe what has happened. It's so hard to explain to the children who loved him so.
Samantha Whiteman, Bradley & Summer Blackhawk
August 03, 2007
To Jennifer and Family,

I am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Patrick was a great person and friend, and will be missed by all.
August 03, 2007
We are Scott, Shannon, Dan and Bill Weltzins neighbors and they are dear friends of ours. We just want to send our thoughts and prayers to them and the whole family. Especially his wife and children. May you find comfort through family and friends during this difficult time.
Eric, Erin, Kira and Vaughn Radunz
August 03, 2007
I am so sorry you have lost your best friend. God takes the best first. As you grieve, the nation feels your pain. May God take some of your pain away.
August 03, 2007
I don't know Pat, but I am a citizen of Mahtomedi, Minnesota and I am heartbroken for you that this unnecessary tragedy happened. From what I've read in this Guest Book, Pat seemed like a great guy. My heart goes out to you and the rest of the families that are suffering right now. May your memories bring you comfort and joy.
Peace, from your fellow Minnesotan.
August 03, 2007
Jenny, Gavin, Rena, and Mike,
We will truly miss our times with Pat. He was a good man. Whenever or whatever you need please let us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
August 03, 2007
To the Holmes Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Pat's tragic passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Some of my fondest memories are the years we played baseball together for Rice Street VFW. I still remember those days like it was yesterday and the great times we all had together.
August 03, 2007
Dear Mary and All of the Holmes Family:

Our heartfelt sympathy, love, and prayers are with you during this time of loss and pain.
August 03, 2007
Dear Mary, Mark and family,
My heart aches with you as you grieve the loss of Patrick. May your strong and deep faith in the resurrection bring you some measure of comfort during this very sad time.
August 03, 2007
Jennifer and family,

I am so sorry to hear the news about Pat. I went to high school with him. He was always thoughtful and kind to others. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I hope comfort will come soon to you and your loved ones.
August 03, 2007
Never Lost

Those we love are never really lost to us--
we feel them in so many special ways--
through friends they always cared about
and dreams they left behind,
in beauty that they added to our days...
in words of wisdom we still carry with us
and memories that never will be gone...
Those we love are never really lost to us--
for everywhere their special love lives on.

This Was A Very Terrible Tragedy And Your Family Will Be In Our Thoughts And Prayers, As Death Is Never Easy For Anyone....
August 03, 2007
Jenny and family,

I was so shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic loss of Pat. He was such a nice guy and had a great smile! My prayers are with you and your children during this difficult time.

Angie Burgess (Sonntag) H-M Class of '89
August 03, 2007
Jenny, Homer is and will always be one of the nicest teammates and friends I have had over the years. It always brings a smile to my face picturing his constant grin! My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your Children. We have a 4 year old son and a 6 year old daughter today. God bless you and your family!
With Love,

Yoshi
August 03, 2007
My prays with be with wife and kids in this hard time!
August 03, 2007
To the wife and young children of this dedicated husband and father: I am so sorry for your loss and it seems it really was a great one. From reading his obituary, I can see he really was successful in life. However, what's definitely most important is that he was a good family man...I can tell that just by reading the words from the article. It is truly sad to have lost such a great husband and father (especially when his children are so young), but also take pride that he was able to be with you when he was. Not many people are blessed with true love or a great father and I can tell he really was a blessing to your family. I am praying for you all and I hope your memories of him will comfort you.

And to his wife, Jennifer, even though I don't know you, I feel compelled to write something (and I'm not usually a super religious person): "God can heal your broken heart if you just give him all the pieces." Maybe God is talking through me but I really hope it gives you a tiny bit of comfort.

You're in my prayers.
August 03, 2007
Our most sincere condolences go out to the Holmes Family in this most difficult time. Know that our community is praying for you in your tragic loss.
August 03, 2007
Dear Holmes Family,
I didn't know any of you but I stopped and fell to my knees as I heard this awful news, raised my hands and prayed for the people who would be affected. May God bless you and your family as this terrible tragedy continues to puzzle us all.
August 03, 2007
May God bless you and your family. You our in our thoughts and prayers.
August 03, 2007
I have fond memories of Mr. Holmes patrolling the halls of Roseville High during my years as a student. No matter how out of line we became, he was always in good spirits, always willing to lend an ear (or a bicep if you needed one). My thoughts go out to you, his family and friends.
August 03, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you.
August 03, 2007
TO THE FAMILY;
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

ONLY GOD KNOWS WHY
August 03, 2007
To the family and friends of Patrick-

We are so very sorry for your loss. Please take comfort knowing that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many.
August 03, 2007
To the Holmes family: My wife and I knew Pat through different sources; me through baseball and my wife though Ba. We mourn for your enormous loss of a great person.
August 03, 2007
I worked with Pat many, many years ago at Bridgemans. He was full of class and smiles. My thoughts are with your family.
August 03, 2007
Jenny, I wish there was something we could do to ease the pain for you, the kids and all of your family. We were so sad when Bev told us about Pat. Steve and I are so sorry for your loss. It wasn't long ago we were saying this same thing about your dad. You were strong then for your mom and I know you will be strong now for your children. There is a beautiful saying: "In the quiet times when it hurts to look ahead and it's hard to look behind, just look beside you and we'll be there." You are blessed with so many family and friends who care and want to help in any way possible, and that includes Steve and I. Keep your faith strong and please, please feel free to call if there is anything at all we can do for you.

I can picture your dad greeting Pat at Heaven's gate saying 'Bout time you got here! Wanna go fishing?'
August 03, 2007
Your family is in our prayers. He will always be with you in your hearts and memories.
August 03, 2007
To Jennifer and children,
I'm sorry for your loss, so sorry. I am thinking of you.
It sounds like your husband (and father) was a great guy.
Take care of yourself, many people are thinking of you.
August 03, 2007
To the Holmes family:

I have good memories of the great friend and talented athelete Pat was from grade school at Maternity of Mary.

He very clearly became a distinguished individual in all aspects of his life. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
August 03, 2007
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
August 03, 2007
Dear Holmes family and friends:
Please accept our condolences on the loss of your husband, father son and friend. We started to pray immediately in hearing of the bridge collapse for all people involved as well as the families that would be touched by this disaster. We have known the Holmes family for 25 years and have our deepest respect. From my daughter going to school with Pat to the entire family going to Mark for their dentistry, we feel fortunate to know you. We again express our heartfelt sympathy. Jim, Cheri, Chrissie, Jackie and Jamie Hand
August 03, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family at this difficult time. I will pray for you and your children to find peace and comfort.
August 03, 2007
Our prayers go out to you.
August 03, 2007
Holmes Family, Our prayers go out to all of you at this sad time. Your family is strong and caring. Wrap yourselves in each others love. Know we all are with you at this time lifting you in prayer.
Margaret & Dennis Foderberg
August 03, 2007
To the loved ones of Patrick Holmes:

I will be lifting you up in prayer during this difficult time, that God may give you peace and perserverence. Please know your community is supporting you--may those who surround you be a blessing to you.
August 03, 2007
Dear Jenny and Holmes family,

I am so sorry to hear what happened to Pat. I have not seen Pat in some time but I all I can think about are the times we spent together while growing up, hanging out at North Dale, playing baseball and hockey together and the school days at Maternity of Mary. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
August 03, 2007
Jennifer and all of the Holmes family,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
August 03, 2007
Jenny,
I am so so sorry for your loss. I heard the horrible news last night. May the love of all your friends and family be with you today and always. I sent a baseball to Jack from 1994, which was signed by a few of the guys back then. Again, I am so so sorry.
August 03, 2007
My hart goes out to your family my prayes our with your family.
August 03, 2007
Sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Pat Holmes. I remember Pat from playing baseball when we were kids and working together at the ice cream shop. God bless you all during this difficult time.
August 03, 2007
Holmes family,

I was very sad to hear the news about Pat's death. I have not forgotten the times walked to school together (almost every day)or the hospitality you showed me as a guest at your house. Please know that you are all in my prayers.
August 03, 2007
Dear Holmes Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Pat with his smiling and freckled face. I remember all the fun the kids had together during the Maternity of Mary years. I am keeping you all in my prayers.
Cathie Unklesbay
August 03, 2007
Dear Holmes Family

From my heart, prayers and blessings to all and many happy memories.
August 03, 2007
Holmes Family,
What a sad thing to lose your loved one in such a tragic way. You will have many memories or him to share with your children and family and he will live on in your hearts forever. God wrap you tight and carry you through this time. America mourns with you.
August 03, 2007
My prayers go with you as you mourn the loss of your Patrick.
August 03, 2007
Dear Jenny and entire Vollhaber and Holmes families - I cannot find the words to express how terrible I feel for this incredible loss, I was hoping to not receive word that any of our family members were lost. May God bless you and keep you in the days to come and always. Jen, I love you, miss you, and now your dad has a new companion,hopefully they are fishing with mine.
August 03, 2007
My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. In such a tragic loss I hope that your children will someday get to really appreciate the time they had with their father even though it was short lived. I did not know Mr. Holmes but have been watching all this on tv. I am terribly sorry! My prayers are with you!
August 03, 2007
Mr and Mrs. Holmes, Ba and the rest of the Holmes family - I am so sorry to hear about Pat. I was shocked when I saw his picture on the news last night. The enormity of this tragedy, I'm sure still hasn't hit you all. Please know you're in our thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss. Love and prayers Jody (Truitt) McElroy
August 03, 2007
Dear Holmes Family:

I heard about the loss across the miles of your brother, husband and son late yesterday afternoon. A tragedy that hit me hard in the first place, hit even more personal when I heard about the loss of an individual who came from such a wonderful family that I got to know over my growning-up years.

Dr. Holmes, I believe that my self discipline, perseverance, and competitive spirit that is in the heart of my own personal essence was rooted from the years of participating on softball teams that you coached in my younger years at North Dale playground. I was a classmate of Kathy all of the way through the grades at Maternity of Mary School, softball teammates for years with Shannon, Colleen and Kathy in some capacity for North Dale playground in St Paul, and classmates with Kathy as we attended Hill Murray High School in Maplewood.

Remember God is with him now and he is at peace. All of you are in my prayers.

Michelle Larson-Sadler
San Diego, California
Maternity of Mary School 1973-1981
Hill Murray Class of 1985
August 03, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of need.
August 03, 2007
Dear Holmes family,

Please accept my deepest sympathies. I have fond memories of playing little league baseball, hockey and football with Pat. Along with many fun years of school at Maternity of Mary.
August 03, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
August 03, 2007
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Holmes family. I went to grade school with Pat and remember he was always nice. May god give you the strength to go on during this time of sorrow.
August 03, 2007
Jennifer,

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember Pat from high-school. He was always friendly and kind to others. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
August 03, 2007
Mark, Mary, Ba and all the Holmes family- My heart sank when I saw Pat's picture on the news last night. I'm so sorry for all of you. My prayers and thoughts are with you. You will find comfort and strength in happy memories and with each other. My love to you all - Michele
August 03, 2007
Jenny & family

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
August 03, 2007
Jennifer, Gavin and Rena-
We're so sorry for your loss of Pat. We hope you can heal your heavy hearts with the help of loving family and friends.
August 03, 2007
Jenny, Colleen, Mary, Mark and all of the Holmes family - We are stunned and saddened. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Nancy and Bill
August 03, 2007
Dear Jennifer and children,

Our hearts are heavy with your loss. We knew Pat has a great father and loving husband. He was a great role model for his children and the children in the community. May your grieving be healthy and healing.
August 03, 2007
Jenny, Gavin, Rena, Mike and entire Holmes family -
We are so sorry about the loss of Pat - your husband, father, son, brother. I am grateful for Pat's friendship throughout the years. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
Tom and Connie Walsh
August 03, 2007
Jenny, we are so sorry for your loss. We are grieving with you and the kids. You are in our prayers.
August 03, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
August 03, 2007
My deepest heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with each of you. May God wrap his loving arms around each of you. There are no words can describe how terribly sadden I am for all you of.

God Bless you
August 03, 2007
Jennifer, my prayers and thoughts go out to your family.Homer was a great guy and I will never forget his smile.
Sincerely, George Behr
August 03, 2007
There are no words for this. My heart breaks for your loss and my spirit sends him strength on his journey.
August 03, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
August 03, 2007
To the Family of Patrick Holmes, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Hill-Murray class 1986 Brenda Folska 1989 Matt Folska
August 03, 2007
Jenny & Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Please know that we are thinking of you.
August 03, 2007
My prayers go out to Pat's family and children. I knew Pat in grade school and also played hockey with him in grade school. I have many fond memories of being with Pat.
August 03, 2007
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
August 03, 2007
Dear Jenny,
We are so broken hearted in your loss. Draw on your memories of Pat for strength. Our thoughts and many prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.
August 03, 2007
My condolences to the Holmes Family. May Patrick rest in peace. Heaven has gain another angel.
August 03, 2007
Dear Holmes Family,
I just heard last night on the news. I went to High School with Pat. Even though he was 2 years ahead of me, he always treated me with respect and kindness. It was nice to know someone so popular would do that in HS. I am deeply sorry for your lost. Your entire family is in my prayers.
August 03, 2007
To all who loved him,many prayers!
August 03, 2007
I am so sorry for you loss.
August 02, 2007
I am so sorry to hear about the lost of your love one. May God bless and keep you all.
August 02, 2007
Dear Holmes family,
My deepest sympathy and condolences for your precious loss.
May God comfort you all in his loving arms.

Rest In peace Patrick
August 02, 2007
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless
August 02, 2007
GOD BLESS YOU AND REST IN ETERNAL PEACE,
August 02, 2007
May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. God Bless!
August 02, 2007
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
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