Patrick M. Holmes
Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Homes - Shoreview
515 Highway 96 West
Shoreview, MN
Holmes, Patrick M. Wonderful Husband, Dad, Son, Brother, Uncle, Friend Age 36, of Mounds View died tragically August 1, 2007. Survived by loving wife of 12 years, Jennifer; children, Gavin (6) and Rena (4); parents, Mark and Mary Holmes; siblings, Mike, Shannon (Scott) Weltzin, Colleen Tusa, and Kathleen (Mark) Broten; grandmother, Myrtle Holmes; mother-in-law, Mary Ann Vollhaber; Jennifer's siblings, Andrew (Angella) Vollhaber and Shari (Ed) Niemczyk. Pat had a passion for baseball, family camping, fishing and playing with his children. Mass of Christian Burial 11AM Monday at ST. WILLIAM CATHOLIC CHURCH, 6120 - 5th Street NE at University, Fridley. Visitation 4-8PM Sunday at HOLCOMB-HENRY-BOOM, 515 Hwy 96 at Mackubin, Shoreview (651-482-7606) and at the church on Monday beginning at 10AM. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, Lino Lakes. Memorials preferred to Holmes Children Education Fund (

Published by Pioneer Press from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5, 2007.
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In my prayers! Pat and his family.
August 3, 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.
Lynne P
August 2, 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.
July 26, 2008
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.
Laurie (Forliti) Hanrahan
December 23, 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.
Susie dutton
October 16, 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....

Pete Keller
October 10, 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.
Rod Saffert
September 3, 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.
Kelly Ruta
August 31, 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.
norma williams
August 21, 2007
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Metcalf
August 21, 2007
August 18, 2007
Our thought and prayers are with you and your family. May your faith get you through.
Fletcher Family
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.
Tammy Rowdy
August 18, 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 17, 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.
Kathleen (Masanz) Comstock
August 15, 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.
Brad Pelzek
August 14, 2007
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.
Megan (McCarver) Bergstrom
August 14, 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!
Mary Stoner Feyereisn
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 . . .
Debra Valle
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.
Susan Triemert
August 13, 2007
So sorry to hear of the lost of your son Patrick.
Mary Remsburg
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.
John Buehler
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.
Jesse, Samantha, and Kennedy Tope
August 12, 2007
im very sorry what has happen i will miss you
Amanda G
August 12, 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.

Marty and Sheri Leka and family
Sherilyn Leka
August 11, 2007
Mary Clare and family, You are in our prayer. So sorry.
Janice Fox Valder Offerman
August 11, 2007
I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please, accept my thoughts and prayers. In peace,
Emily Louise Dockendorf
Duluth, Minnesota
Emily Louise Dockendorf
August 11, 2007
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Jenny and Sean Thomasson
August 11, 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.
Sharon Smith
August 10, 2007
I am so very sorry for your loss. Words don't say enough at a time like this.
Brian Arnold
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.
Brian Wong
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.
Art Goldman
August 10, 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.
O'neika And Family
August 9, 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.
Bryan & Mary Grube and family
August 9, 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
Cindy Fernlund
August 9, 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
cindy fernlund
August 9, 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 9, 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)
Katherine McDowall
August 9, 2007
May Patrick continue to bring you and your children happiness through his smile and his memory. God Bless you and your family.
August 8, 2007
Just wanted to say I was thinking of you. My prayers are with you and your family.
Chris "Ike" Eichinger
August 8, 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.
Nancy Amerman
August 8, 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.
St. Bernards HS Grad (89)
August 8, 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!
Shari, Mike, Tommy, & Maddie Kunza
August 8, 2007
May God bless the family
Alzora Graham
August 8, 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.
Bob & Nancy Rettner
August 8, 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.
Jennifer Wilson (Thill)
August 8, 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.
Stephanie Varley
August 7, 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 -
Barb (O'Fallon) Marquette
August 7, 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.
Angie Wright (Pohl)
August 7, 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.
Sue Quam (Remsburg)
August 7, 2007
May Our Lord hold you and family in the palm of His Hand and always be with you.
St. Williams Parish Member
August 7, 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!
Lori H
August 7, 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)
Gary Conoryea
August 7, 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.
Alyssa (Bjurstrom) Mansfield, H-M '90
August 7, 2007
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
Katy Meier
August 7, 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.
Sandra Johnson
August 7, 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
Tina Chute (Swanson)
August 7, 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.
Christine Eickhoff
August 7, 2007
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.
Julie Harvey (Jules Larson)
August 7, 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.
Kevin Engstrom
August 7, 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.
Dave and Jackie Strobel
August 7, 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 7, 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.
Kathy Case
August 7, 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.
Kim (Swanson) & Tom Jennrich
August 7, 2007
Mark and Mary Claire -

My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Sincerely --
Joyce Salisbury Delacruz
August 7, 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.
Ann M
August 7, 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
Kitty Eickhoff
August 7, 2007
Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Pat Holmes. May your memories bring you comfort. God bless you.
Lisa and Erik Schenck
August 7, 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
Barbara Buehler
August 7, 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.
Jeff Alm
August 6, 2007
Jennifer, I remember you both from H-M. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Pat touched many lives.
Julie (Wolter) Brady - H-M '89
August 6, 2007
Jenny and family...
My heart breaks for your loss and my prayers are with you all now and in the future.
Tricia (Kassekert) Armstrong H-M Class of '90
August 6, 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.
Suzanne and Bob Scolamiero
August 6, 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.
Dave and Sherry Torgerson
August 6, 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
Lance and Kelly Dorsher
August 6, 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 6, 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.
M Gooley
August 6, 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.
Jody (Olson) Lallak
August 6, 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 6, 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!
Julie Gerdts (M of M)
August 6, 2007
god be with you
alma renner
August 6, 2007
Our prayers and thoughts are with you. May your faith uphold you now and always.
Fletcher Family
August 6, 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
Anne Arthur
August 6, 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 6, 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.
AmySorsoleil, The Claros Family
August 6, 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.
Troy Schally (H-M '89)
August 6, 2007
Mike & Holmes Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Curt Cook
August 6, 2007

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.
Corey Mir
August 6, 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.
Lisa Cusick-Cordie
August 6, 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
Bob Bender
August 6, 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
Laura Shafer
August 6, 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.
Sherry Gunn
August 6, 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 6, 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.
Mary Jane (Pflugi) Spitzmueller
August 6, 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.
Kimberly Allen-Jones
August 6, 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.
Bobbi Heisley
August 6, 2007
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