Doane Beal & Ames

729 Route 134, South Dennis, MA


Richard Ryder Holmes

November 23, 1932June 10, 2020

Richard Ryder Holmes, 87, of South Dennis, MA passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, from complications of an automobile accident.

Richard was the son of the late Ralph and Ethel (Usher) Holmes. One of four children, he was predeceased by his sisters Dorothy, Sylvia and Genevieve. Richard was a native Cape Codder, born and raised in Barnstable Village and attended Barnstable High School. After graduation he entered the Marine Corp and served during the Korean War. When he returned, Richard moved to New York and began his career as an airplane mechanic with engine and airframe certification. Soon after, Richard moved to San Francisco and worked over 40 years for the former Trans World Airlines until his retirement. He returned to his beloved Cape Cod 10 years ago and settling in South Dennis.

Richard enjoyed the benefits of working for the airline and traveled worldwide. He and his close friends enjoyed hiking in the mountains and woods. One of his most enjoyable hikes was in the California Redwood Forest. He also enjoyed the beauty of the Cape Cod Beaches. He was always a very caring and adventurous spirit who was well loved by his family and friends.

Richard leaves behind his nephews Gerald J. Somers and Wayne Cahoon. He was predeceased by his close friend of several years, Kyoko Fulton.

A private burial honoring Richard’s service will take place at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.


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Cindy Williams

June 25, 2020

Richard was such a sweet & interesting guy. I've enjoyed getting to know him. You will be missed Rich. Thinking of Wayne & Gerry.

Lucy Simon

June 16, 2020

Richard was a very kind caring and loving person that I knew. Me and family, all love him.... It's a shock to lost him so soon.. ...thank you for being such a great friend and I am so blessed to know you. RIP RICHARD...we will keep you in pray ❤️❤️🙏

William Trenchard

June 13, 2020

I have very fond memories of (DICK) as we called him. I had the pleasure of working with and for him. He had a very easy going nature that never allowed him to get angry or upset when things weren’t going well. He made the work easier.
He set an example that made it easier for me to emulate and follow when I went into management. To treat people respectfully.
In my life I have been blessed to meet many people who I have learned from and made me a better person. Thank you Dick for being in my life. Rest In Peace.