Leslie (Les) Holmes

September 21, 1938 - May 10, 2024

In Loving Memory

Leslie (Les) Holmes

In loving memory~

The world is left a little less bright as we announce the passing of Leslie (Les) Holmes on May 10, 2024. Dad passed away peacefully at 85 years old.

Les was born September 21, 1938, in Manchester England to Mary and Arthur Holmes. 

Les’s presence will be deeply missed, but his legacy will live on in the hearts and memories of all who knew and loved him. 

Throughout his life, Les was known for his courage, entrepreneurial spirit, never taking no for an answer, not being afraid of bending the rules, and his love of music, especially Willie Nelson.  After Les served in the National Service for two years, he married his true love Margaret in 1959. Les and Margaret courageously moved their young family to Canada on the last maiden voyage of the Empress of Canada. Anyone who knew Les knew that he was a hard worker and had an adventurous soul. After a successful career as a realtor, he started to fix up boats, starting small with a twenty-six-foot boat. Les worked his way up to restoring an 83-foot yacht which had half sunk and served in the Normandy Invasion. Les and Margaret ventured on to chartering and delivering yachts around the world. People were in awe and would stop in their tracks watching him dock a yacht with such finesse.  Les enjoyed his travels and experiences with Margaret, cruising the Sea of Cortez in Mexico and making lifelong friends with their guests.

Les had a passion for life, he was a true wanderer and could not sit still for a moment. Whether he was up in the mountains skiing, or on the ocean, riding his Harley throughout the US, shooting pool at the local pub or walking one of his fur babies, unless it was “bloody cold outside” you would see Les and Zoey walking and visiting with his neighbours daily. 

Les took pleasure in sitting on his aft deck enjoying a beer or a scotch, and a cigar with his friends and family.  Les was a dedicated, loving husband, father and loyal friend. Once Les was your friend, he was your friend for life and would be the first to give you the shirt off his back. 

Les’s passion for animals showed in so many ways, he was often referred to as the Dog Whisperer.  Whether it was Zoey, Buddy, or his granddoggies Steeler or Chopper, Les loved having his animals around him. 

Passing on his entrepreneurial spirit to both his children Les was extremely proud of their success.

Les is survived by his family who he loved dearly, his bond with them was a source of strength and support. His wife Margaret Holmes, son Paul Holmes (Marjorie Holmes), daughter Lisa Jane Holmes (Andre VanGameren), and his fur baby Zoey. He was loved by many including his family in England.

He was preceded in death by his older brother Ernie Holmes, older sister Jean Hennis, his youngest sister Christine Craig, and his nephew Darren Holmes. 

The family is very grateful for the love and care given by the staff at Pleasant Valley Manor.

You were the greatest DADDY, and I’ll always be your little girl, I will miss you immensely – Love Lisa 

Enjoy the next cruise MY LOVE – Love Margaret 

The hole you have left will never be filled.
Your spirit and strength will forever be within me.
I will miss you each and every day. Love you always Paul

Arrangements entrusted to

Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services 250-546-7237

Condolences may be expressed to the family by phone or email through Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services:

T: 250-546-7237

2980 Smith Dr,
Armstrong, BC V0E 1B1

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Comments: 14

  1. pauline sudlow says:

    So so sad, Les will never be forgotten
    💗 love too you all

  2. Stuart Pudsey says:

    So sad to read this news,
    Les was a true English Gentleman, he will be missed by many, much love to Margret and his family.
    Stuart and Rachael
    Fort Lauderdale

  3. Phil and Wendy Collins says:

    Les will be sorely missed by us. He was certainly one of a kind. His exuberant personality made for the best conversations. Les was such a fascinating person and kept you captivated with his life stories, always with excitement and humor.
    Our deepest condolences to the Holmes family and all he touched.

  4. Kelly and Kevin Rowe says:

    Our deepest condolences on the loss of a wonderful man, Husband, Father, friend.
    RIP Les💖🙏🥹

  5. Marjorie Jones Holmes says:

    My very dear father-in-law, I will miss our chats and your smile. There will never be another Les Holmes, anyone that had the opportunity to know Les was very fortunate. You will be dearly missed xxx

  6. Beth McCullough says:

    Dear Margaret,
    Seeing this announcement leaves me sad for all of you who will have such an emptiness in your hearts and
    being. The gang is really gathering in heaven and soon we can all reunite for a grand celebration of all the adventures that were shared.
    know of my love and prayers for each of you. Hugs too, Beth

  7. Ian Rowland says:

    To Margaret..Paul and Lisa…Les was the best.. very generous ..and a great friend to all…I have many ..many excellent memories of fun times..He was a great confidante and totally trustworthy…We all benefitted knowing Les….My family and I will miss him…Our Condolences to you all….Ian Rowland..

  8. Mike & Irene Donnelly says:

    There are friends and there are special friends and Les was very special to us. We have spent some wonderful quality time with him and Margaret and are grateful for that. We have always considered the Holmes family as part of ours. He was definitely one of a kind and when we think of him it will always make us smile as we reminisce about some of the things that he got up to.
    Hugs and love,

  9. Tara Craig says:

    To our Canadian family; Margaret, Paul and Lisa, our sincere heartfelt condolences go out to you. We know mum would have been truly saddened were she still here to express it. Uncle Les, you shall be missed and remembered with fondness. With much love , Tara and Eugene

  10. Denise Pimmier says:

    So I’m very sad you’ve lost your dear dad. Sending your entire family lots of love and sympathy during this sad time and always!
    Your dad looked to be a true gentleman and wonderful family man to Margaret, Paul and yourself ❤️

  11. Stuart Henderson & Lawanda Cederholm Henderson says:

    So sorry for your loss Lisa. I can see from reading his obituary where you get your sprit for life from. 🥰🙏

  12. Del and Dianne Honeybourne says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family!!!! Les will be missed but still lots of love will be with you always!!!! Hugs to you and the family!!!

  13. Jane Hamilton( Bennett) says:

    So sorry the hear of your dad’s passing! Our condolences to all of your family!

    From Andrew & Jane Bennett

  14. Elaine Arsenault says:

    So grateful to have known him throughout my childhood. May he be at peace. 🤎Sending love and hugs to you all.

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