William “Ted” Holmes
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William “Ted” Holmes passed away peacefully on Christmas Day at Hospice Maui Hale. He was the only son born to predeceased parent; William & Marie Holmes on February 2, 1942 (Ground Hog Day) in Lancaster, California. He is survived by his wife of 39 + years, Clarice, sons: Greg (Kimberley) of Arizona, Ivan (Kelly) of Oregon, daughters: Wendy Holmes of Texas and Karen Orosco of California. Sisters: Charlotte German (Oxnard, CA), Helen Mattarocci (Lancaster, CA) and Debra Holmes (Porterville, CA) Brother -in-laws: Louie Sablan (Arizona), Joe (Kathy) Sablan (CA), Kenny Sablan (CA), James Sablan (CA) and sister-in-laws: Isabelle Camacho (CA) Donna (Lamont) Freeman (CA)and mother-in-law Lorraine Sablan (CA) and several nieces and nephews.
At a young age Ted began working on vehicles and continued in that field of work. He worked for Los Angeles County Mechanical Department Shops & Garages as a Sheriff station mechanic and then as one of 4 generator mechanic for the entire county. Ted & Clarice moved their family to Oregon in 1982 and opened Ted’s Automotive shop in Winston, Oregon for 10 years and then moved to Maui in 1991. Ted worked at HC&S in the hauler shop and then transferred over to Kahului Trucking and Storage. He left for about 4 years and was the first mechanic hired by Ryder on Maui. He opened their first shop over by Sack-N-Save. He then went back to KT&S and was in management. He retired from there in 2007. He enjoyed traveling, working on refrigeration trucks, and many friends’ vehicles. He volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and Kaunoa Senior Services Leisure Program and the Senior Softball League on Sundays.
A Celebration of Life will be on Monday, February 17, at 11 a.m. at the VFW in Kihei where Ted & Clarice celebrated their 25th & 35th year anniversary parties.