Obituary of Peter Holmes (1927 – 2021) – Fresno, CA
November 7, 1927 – November 16, 2021
Fresno, California – Peter Neil Macleod Holmes, 94, died on November 16, 2021 at his home in Fresno, California. He was born in Los Angeles, California on November 7, 1927, the son of John Cecil and Mary (Macleod) Holmes. He married Jeanne Marie (Farrior) on September 16, 1953 in Fresno. Peter was born and raised in Westwood and spent his youth going to the beach in Santa Monica. He was a WWII veteran, having enlisted in the Marine Corps with several friends in 1945. He spent his two years primarily on Mare Island and Hunters Point as a military police officer. He spoke fondly of his time in the Corps and was discharged as a corporal. After his service, he attended Pierce Junior College in the San Fernando Valley and became interested in agriculture. While at Pierce, Fresno State hosted an agricultural school and he was invited to join the program. Since they would accept all of his earned units, he gladly accepted. He graduated in animal science and after graduation he managed the school’s dairy. He later got into grain brokerage and then into agricultural loans. He established his own business, Peter M. Holmes Co., Inc., specializing in agricultural real estate loans, in 1979.
Jeanne and Peter loved to travel and as Jeanne was a travel agent they were able to visit places all over the world including sailing trips with friends to the Adriatic Sea and the Greek Islands. He often spoke of his time with Jeanne and other friends from Fresno traveling to Europe for several months shortly after their wedding. They skied and attended the Winter Olympics in Cortina, Italy. Peter enjoyed taking annual trips to Santa Cruz with the whole family, skiing regularly until he was 80, and playing tennis with friends. He was a pioneer of football in Fresno, although he never played, and organized the Malloch Soccer Club. He was involved early in the San Joaquin Valley Ag Lenders Society and more recently in the “Young” Executives Club. He enjoyed reading and gardening and had a large circle of friends.
Peter was predeceased by his wife, Jeanne, his older brother, John Cecil Holmes, Jr., and his younger sister, Mary Jane (Jill) Leach. His loyal companion and four-legged best friend Lexington, a golden lab trained by guide dogs, died last year. He is survived by his three children, Kathy Beechinor (Jim), Peter Holmes, Jr. (Chris) and Andrew Holmes (Kate), thirteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He loved to attend his grandchildren’s activities and will be missed by everyone. A private family service will take place.
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Posted by Fresno Bee on Jan 9, 2022.