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    The Life of Skip Holmes

    The Life of Skip

    We can know a person all our lives and miss the details, the nuances and the truer moments in life that bring that person to full living color. Sometimes we find through their footprints in life that we really didn’t know them at all. Skip Holmes lived a life with passion, ‘determined passion’ and a unique sensitivity that encompassed his own personal values.
    Every aspect of our true compass of spirit embody the facets of humanity, grief, joy, trepidation, betrayal, disappointment, achievement, honor, the meaning of our own life often remains a mystery outwardly. Yet there are pieces of our life that spell out each step, and become our code, unique to you, and to I. Through the comparisons and projections of others, we may find a piece of ourselves in reflection.

    Skip was the second born child to Sheila and Edward Holmes. She was 17 when she brought Phillip into the world and 23 when Skip arrived. He idolized his older brother Phillip growing up and Phillip himself revealed his brotherly role early on when Skip was born. Phillip had told his mother that he was expecting a baby sister to be added to the family. When Skip arrived and his mother came home, Phillip asked his mom ‘where was his baby sister? She adoringly teased him ‘well, you have a little brother and since you wanted a sister we weren’t sure if we should bring him home!’ Phillip demanded, ‘Go back to the hospital and get my little baby brother!’ This is how Skip came home.

    Skip was a big bouncing baby boy! He was born a whopping 10 lbs 11oz, while his mother dealt with gestational diabetes, Skip rounded out a 23 hour arduous labor. Every mother knows what that means. Whew! When he was born his mother Sheila was sidelined with doctor’s attendance and when the doctors brought her baby boy to her, she was just getting ready to be put under. ‘I looked at this chubby baby who could barely open his puffy eyes, and he was jaundiced. I made a comment ‘that baby isn’t mine, his skin is too yellow’. The doctor reassured her it was merely jaundice. Thus Skip entered life with a challenging birth and a mom with a great sense of humor.

    Skip spent 10 years of his childhood growing up in Saudi Arabia, and left to come home with his family back to the United States in 1985. His father was working on systems that employed the F-5 and F-15 Fighter jets. He learned to speak Farsi fluently during this time in the Middle East.

    He was enrolled in private school in Saudi Arabia attending courses along with Saudi Royal children and entered an education system of privilege that is not often seen in the US school systems. This proved to set a tone in Skip as a boy when he returned to the United States and was enrolled in the public school system, he saw a disparaging difference between those who ‘have and those who have not’. It was a difficult transition for him. This difference unsettled him and he noticed children who had less than himself. One day he came home from school disturbed about another little boy in class. He said ‘this boy didn’t have lunch mom, he didn’t have food because his family is struggling and poor’. He implored his mother from that day forward for the remainder of the school year to pack 2 lunches. One for himself and one for this boy, Sheila made two lunches daily from that day forward.

    Skip was always a sensitive child, his observations on having ‘more or less’ continued. He commented on children whose clothes were torn to his mother as if she could fix the world of torn pants and hunger. He came home again from school confiding to his mother privately that there was a boy who did not have tennis shoes to wear. Shortly thereafter Skip came home and announced he had lost his tennis shoes and needed another pair. Skip was a caring person as demonstrated by his early acts.

    He stood behind people when others chastised him for doing so. He had a tenacious spirit to rally by those who were having difficulty and at the same time he stood ground and was as stubborn as can be. He exhibited a duality in his spirit of perseverance and grit to an argument; he stood by his opinions and diligently plied ahead.

    Skip’s fluent language skills in Farsi were utilized when he joined the US Army and became a Ranger. He used his language skills while deployed. His service to the USA was one part of his adult life. He later found love with Danielle and shared the best times of his life with her. His life rounded out with the dedication he applied to racing Personal Watercraft and the creation of his TeamMoto Race Team and performance products.

    TeamMoto enjoyed a 3 year professional race team program under the guidance of Skip. He invested heavily in his team riders over the years, Eric Francis, Andrew Melville, Matt McLauchlan, Ryan Hardwick, Dennis Mack, Steve Jerczak, Rob Durkin and Lee Manvell. Skip competed under the team banner on #81 on a Kawasaki steed. TeamMoto supported the PWCoffshore race team and many others with technological advice and parts. Most importantly his beloved Danielle as the inspiration and the one responsible for documenting the Team and as Skip said ‘she’s the backbone of the team’. Visit her website DG Exposure:

    His best pals are Diesel and Spike, beloved companions, French Bulldogs, they say owners resemble their pets, uh yeah, truth be told!

    Skip enjoyed testing Kawasaki watercraft to see how far a measure could go a mile. He looked forward to tinkering the engines and performance parts so he could get them on the water to see the proven results. He would often be waterside with clients pushing a Kawasaki Ultra through its final paces. He was recognized for his attention to detail.

    Skip’s physical remains were cremated. He and his loved ones enjoyed a life celebration in Orlando, Florida on August 9th, and Skip’s remains were interred at our Nation’s Arlington National Cemetery on August 23rd, 2010.

    Skips mother when handed the American Flag gifted in honor of our Nation’s service members, she folded the flag all over the urn holding Skips remains. It was a symbolic gesture of the wonderful son she bore, the day he entered life and into her arms and the time of his leaving.

    I have known people who committed suicide, and whom have stopped themselves in the final moment of decision making, myself included. Even the thought of is worthy of the concern, for life will surely hand each of us a challenging moment. We are not all gifted with the same strengths and vices, yet we all are touched by the loss of a person close to us. Life is a journey of soul. It takes courage to help another, it is risk, and so life is a risk lived daily. We are not guaranteed happiness, but the pursuit of happiness, in between the stressors and setbacks can trigger depressions and discouragement. Those I have loved have suffered and I am sure you know of someone who has. Skip’s life can offer us hope to extend ourselves to someone else and to care for those left behind. Do not step away because that person is gone, rather step forward and make a greater difference with the time that remains for you.
    Last edited by Shawn Alladio; 09-09-2010 at 12:34 AM.

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    Imagine his mother receiving a child in a baby blanket and embracing his new life with the symbol of the nation’s colors he bore in the Army Rangers, one beginning to a final ending. A parent never expects to outlive their own children, it is a difficult reality. I send my condolences to his family, Lorraine and those who knew Skip. His mother gifted his memorial flag to Danielle in Florida for the love and care she extended to their son, a fitting tribute of what a mother feels for her child, wishing only the best all the days of life. Lorraine, you are not forgotten even though your grief surrounds you, love abounds.

    At Skip’s celebration, Sheila stood before those in attendance and shared with them a courageous message of love and connectedness. She reminded all that no matter how tough life gets, how horrible a day becomes, reach out and ask for help, or help someone in need. Communication is caring and regardless of how hard times come in life and they surely will to all of us, each in our own private secret moments, remember to hold on a moment longer, and to listen to others, take the extended time to care and understand. You never know what a person is struggling with and you may make a significant difference in the life of another.

    When Skip’s remains were interred in the Niche at Arlington National Cemetery, his mother placed his remains in his final resting place. His father in attendance, friends and family, Skip was laid to rest amongst hallowed grounds of American’s bravest and true. Skips father received the flag from the Arlington interment.

    The love of a mother carries a nation, a community and a child. By keeping Skip’s story alive, it also keeps him close and he will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Army Ranger Holmes. Rangers Lead the Way!

    When visiting Arlington in Virginia near DC, please stop by and pay your respect to Skip. He is interred facing the Pentagon in the Niche Wall of Section #27, RR, Niche #2 (second tier row of three in the middle). Stop by the Arlington Visitor Center and retrieve a map.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800 273-TALK (8255)

    Be Aware of Feelings

    Many people at some time in their lives think about suicide. Most decide to live because they eventually come to realize that the crisis is temporary and death is permanent. On the other hand, people having a crisis sometimes perceive their dilemma as inescapable and feel an utter loss of control. These are some of the feelings and thoughts they experience:
    • Can't stop the pain
    • Can't think clearly
    • Can't make decisions
    • Can't see any way out
    • Can't sleep, eat or work
    • Can't get out of depression
    • Can't make the sadness go away
    • Can't see a future without pain
    • Can't see themselves as worthwhile
    • Can't get someone's attention
    • Can't seem to get control

    If you experience these feelings, get help! If someone you know exhibits these symptoms, offer help!

    Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline
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    The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has founded a national suicide prevention hotline to ensure veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. To operate the Veterans Hotline, the VA partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Veterans can call the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press "1" to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline.

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    More than four million people visit the cemetery annually, many coming to pay final respects at graveside services, of which nearly 100 are conducted each week, Monday through Friday.

    A first stop on a trip to the cemetery should include the Visitors Center, located by the cemetery entrance, where maps, guidebooks, exhibits, information services (to include grave locations), a bookstore and restrooms can be found. Please note that the cemetery does not provide wheelchairs or strollers and if you require this service you will need to bring your own.

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    -Shawn Alladio
    Last edited by Shawn Alladio; 09-09-2010 at 12:34 AM.

  3. #3 Is My Home Away From Home Grumpy Old Guy's Avatar
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    Re: The Life of Skip Holmes

    Rest in Peace, Skip Holmes.

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    Re: The Life of Skip Holmes

    Sad story !

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