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Arthur F. Holmes, Jr.

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“Donna, So sorry to hear of Butchie's passing. He is now at peace. I will always remember how you caught the bouquet and he caught the garter at our...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Marie & Danny O'Brien - Venice, FL

“Donna, Wendy, Arthur and family My sincere condolences on the loss of Butchie. I have very fond memories of the Gamble and Holmes families. I wish...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Marian Carpentino - Waltham, MA

“Dear Artie, you and your family are in our thoughts. We are very sorry for your loss. ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Neal and Kerri Milton - MA

“My friend Art, many wonderful memories of fly fishing in Maine, Canada and Deerfield Massachusetts. We could fish for hours and laugh and tell...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Frank Matley - Tewksbury, MA

“Good Man, Good Memories, Thank you for sharing him with the shawsheen family. He was missed by us when he left Shawsheen, I can't even imagine how...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Laurie Grant - Chelmsford, MA

“RIP Mr Holmes Thank you for being the best teacher in the world ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: Laura Pereira

“Mr. Holmes. You will be dearly remembered as one of my favorite high school shop teachers I was blessed to have. My deepest condolences to your...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Eleni Drizos - Burlington, MA

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Holmes (Artie). I was a teacher and friend of his at Shawsheen for twenty years. We were neighboring...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Frank Botte - Wilmington, MA

Desk of Stickers and mess. Class of 2002. “A man who will forever live in my heart as someone who expressed great dedication and care to all of his students. His patience, kindness and humor...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Victoria Bellavance - Hudson, NH

“From our family to yours we send you our deepest condolences.Love,Linda, Joe, Scotty, Bryan and Nick Munger ”
10 of 17 | Posted by: Linda Munger - Billerica, MA

“Mr. Holmes/Homie made such an impact on my life and I always think back to my high school years with such fond memories of him. He had his handful...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“I'm very sorry for your loss. Mr. Holmes was a wonderful teacher and he will be missed.Dawna Foss.Class of 05. ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Dawna Foss - Tewksbury, MA

“Mr. Holmes was one of my most favorite teachers in all my school years. I have so many great memories of Graphic Arts. We not only enjoyed him in...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Kathleen Bennett - Wilmington, MA

“Homie was and forever will be my favorite person from the Tech. Mr. Holmes not only taught me about graphic arts and maneuvering through all of the...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Angie (Hannon) Daigle - Billerica, MA

“What a great honor it was to have known such a great man and to have been not only taught by him but mentored as well. He got me through some very...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Casey Regan - Billerica, MA

“I can't believe he's gone! He was my favorite teacher ever and I will always treasure the moments I had with him. I'm so sorry for your loss he was...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Laurajean Costa - Woburn, MA

“I was very surprised to hear of Arthur's passing. A couple of my children along with my x-husband and myself, were so very fortunate to know the man...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Marilyn Small - Lowell, MA


Waltham – Mr. Arthur F. Holmes, Jr., of Waltham, died Sunday, February 4, 2018 at his home. Art met his cancer diagnosis with strength, dignity and a ferocious will to live. What got him through was what he always depended on . . . faith . . . family . . . friends. He was 69.

Known with great affection as 'Butch' by family and 'Art' by friends he was born in Boston on April 30, 1948 and was raised in Cambridge. A graduate of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School he later joined the Massachusetts Army National Guard.

Art began his professional career as a sales rep for St. Regis Paper Company and later opened up Holmes Printing Company in Waltham. After becoming a teacher he earned a master's degree in education from Cambridge College.

Trained as a graphic artist he became a graphic arts teacher at high schools in Cambridge, Brockton and Everett before joining the faculty of Shawsheen Regional Technical High School in Billerica where he worked for more than twenty years. Art will long be remembered as a guy who loved his job and the people and students he worked with even more.

He married his sweetheart, Waltham native Donna E. Gamble, in Our Lady's Church on June 20th, 1970 and the couple made Waltham their lifelong home. His greatest affection was reserved for his family, especially his grandchildren.

Art also loved to fish and to kayak . . . sports that were well suited to his calm demeanor and determination to succeed. His favorite spots were nearby Hardy Pond, Maine and Florida. He was also a longtime member of the Waltham Sons of Italy and the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

In addition to his wife of forty-eight years, Donna, he leaves his children, Wendy E. Plummer and her husband, William, of Waltham and Arthur F. Holmes, III and his wife, Nicole, of Dighton; his grandchildren, Emily and Ashley Plummer and Arthur and Nathaniel Holmes; his mother, Marguerite (Malloy) Holmes of Billerica; his sisters and brothers, Eileen Stebbins of Arkansas, Marlene Agresti of Somerville, Gerald Holmes of Billerica, Timothy Holmes of Houston, Texas, David Holmes of Billerica and Mary Spalding of Littleton and many nieces and nephews.

He was also a son of the late Arthur F. Holmes, Sr.

Family and friends will honor and remember Art's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Wednesday, February 7th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.