Quentin Stuart Holmes, a prominent swimming pool builder in Southeastern Massachusetts and an active volunteer on Cape Cod, died December 27, 2016 after a short illness. Mr. Holmes was a long-time resident of Brockton, Massachusetts and Nantucket Island before retiring to North Falmouth in 2002, where he lived until his death. He was 85.
Mr. Holmes was born on August 1, 1931 in Brockton to Florence (Thayer) and Carl Holmes, the founders of Holmes Greenhouses, now Holmes-McDuffy Florists. When he was a teenager, the family moved to Nantucket and he graduated from Nantucket High School in 1950. He attended the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts before returning to Nantucket and opening his own dairy and egg farm, with a herd of Jersey cows and over a thousand hens and fryers.
He married his high school sweetheart Jean Harris in Nantucket 1951 and together had recently celebrated their 65th anniversary. They had two children, Gary Holmes, of Darien, Connecticut, and Thalia Holmes, of Taunton, Massachusetts and one grandson, Christian Holmes of New York City.
The Holmes family moved off Nantucket in 1956. Anticipating the growth of leisure time in the 1960s, Mr. Holmes founded Swim, Incorporated, which eventually grew to be the largest swimming pool service and retail business in the region. He was also a founding member and later executive director of NEPCO, the largest swimming pool buying group in New England. After selling Swim Incorporated he founded a second swimming pool business in Brockton, Pool ‘n Play. He later founded a third swimming pool service business, Aqua Fun Pools, which primarily serviced pools on Cape Cod and Nantucket.
Mr. Holmes was active in community affairs, serving on the Brockton Zoning Board of Appeals, the West Bridgewater Conservation Commission, and the Goddard Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. He served two terms as president of Goddard Health Service, the parent company of Goddard Hospital. After moving to Cape Cod, he was a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society, and a volunteer at Around The Table, a local soup kitchen. He was active in his local churches, most recently serving on a number of committees at the North Falmouth Congregational Church.
A man of great energy, compassion, and courtesy, Mr. Holmes attempted to do the most good while drawing the least amount of attention to himself. He was naturally gregarious and surrounded himself with friends of all ages and walks of life. He was also was a devoted family man, always making time for his immediate family as well as his parents and siblings. He was particularly devoted to his 14 nieces and nephews and their children.
In his retirement, Mr. Holmes built a greenhouse to grow his own flowers and vegetables. He also became a proficient maker of Nantucket Lightship baskets, which he gave away to his many friends.
In addition to his wife Jean, his two children, his daughter-in-law Meg Ricci, his grandson and his nieces and nephews, he is survived by his beloved sister, Jean McDuffy of Brockton. He was predeceased by his sister Thalia Cole, and three brothers, Carl, Donald and Wayne.
Funeral services will be held at North Falmouth Congregational Church, 155 Old Main Rd, North Falmouth, MA 02556 at 11:00 a.m. on January 7, 2017.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations b made in his name to the North Falmouth Congregational Church Memorial Fund, The Massachusetts 4-H Foundation, 1671 Worcester Road, Suite 403, Framingham, MA 01701, or The American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.