On August 14, 2018, in Longmont Colorado, George Bernard Holmes lost his battle with liver cancer. George was 70 years old and was surrounded by his beloved family.

George was born in Eastport, Maine, on December 18, 1947, to Philip and Gisela Holmes. He graduated from Stephens High School in Rumford in 1966 and went on to Andover Institute of Business and The Gemological Institute of America.

George started his career working at Roger’s Jewelry (later known as GM Pollack & Sons), in Portland then in Augusta from 1969 to 1976, Michaud’s Jewelers in Waterville from 1976-1981. In 1981, he opened By George Jewelry in Rockland and which is still serving the Mid Coast area. George was in the jewelry business for 50 years creating one of a kind pieces for his customers. George touched many lives.

Over the years George has had many adventures and interests such as family boating along the Maine coast, camping, gardening and helping others. He loved riding his motorcycle on short scenic trips as well as cross country adventures. George made several trips to CO to visit his daughter and son-in-law. On one such trip, Natasha answered the door bell to find her father standing there in his leather gear holding a bouquet of flowers, bike in drive way! No notice, just headed out! That was our George. He lived life to the fullest and parked his Harley in the jewelry store. He had a Masters Degree from The School of Hard Knocks and would have done it no other way. That was the George that was loved by all! 

Over the last 10 years, George was a strong believer in the NA and AA programs. During those years he spent time volunteering at the PARC unit at Pen Bay Medical Center. He was always there to offer guidance to others during tough times. His door was always open and the coffee pot was always on.  

George was preceded in death by his brother Robert D. Holmes and father Philip Holmes. He is survived by his daughter Stephanie and son in law Mark Williams of Topsham, ME and daughter Natasha and son in law Duncan Wright of Longmont, CO, his first grandchild is due to arrive in November, his mother Gisela Holmes of Brunswick and beloved sister Karin and husband David Arsenault of Kennebunkport as well as nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be planned for next summer. Info will be posted on Facebook or email Natasha at CelebratingGeorgeHolmes@gmail.com.

Memorial contributions can be made to Pope Memorial Humane Society 25 Buttermilk Lane in Thomaston, ME 04861. 207-594-2200. www.humanesocietyofknoxcounty.org.