Harry "Bump" Richard Holman
Vero Beach - H.R. "Bump" Holman died peacefully January 17, 2021 at VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach, Florida.
Bump, a Vero native, was born November 20, 1932 to Bud L. and Dorabelle Holman in Vero Beach. He met his life-long love, Myrtle Parker when he was thirteen years old. Bump learned to fly and began crop dusting as a teenager. He attended Florida Southern College and graduated with a degree in Citrus. He and Myrtle were married in 1951. Upon graduation, Bump became chief pilot for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He retired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1964 upon the death of his father to run the local family businesses, Holman Groves, Holman Motors and Blue Cypress Lake Ranch.
Together, he and Myrtle welcomed two sons: Bud Lee and Peter Glenn.
Bump and Myrtle had many adventures in the air, sea and mountains. They participated in Bahamian Flying Treasure Hunts, spent time on their sailboats the SNAFU and SNAFU III and had wild snow mobile adventures in Wyoming with dear friends Wanda and Victor Knight. Bump was an enthusiastic and accomplished big game hunter, going on safaris in Africa with his dad and hunting in Wyoming, where he and Myrtle had a second home.
Back at home, Bump was on the board of trustees at St Edward's School from 1967- 1983. He was chairman from 1971- 1974 and presided over the first commencement in 1974. He became an honorary board member in 1983. Bump and Myrtle were both members of the local Aero Club. He was also a member Quiet Birdmen. Bump proudly accepted the Entrepreneurial Excellence Hall of Fame Award from the Florida Aviation Trade Association in 2006. He served on the board of Seacoast Bank until 2017. At the time of his death he was president and CEO of Sun Aviation, Inc.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Myrtle Parker Holman, his sons, Bud Lee Holman (David Thomas), Peter Glenn Holman (Molly); three grandchildren Elizabeth Parker Holman, Allison Holman Whipple (Max) and William Peter Holman and two great grandchildren; Michael Fry and Chip Whipple.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Edward's School and VNA Hospice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Strunk Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held Sunday, January 24, 2021 from 2-4 pm at Strunk Funeral Home. A funeral service is scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2021 at 10:00am also at Strunk Funeral Home.
A guest book is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com