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Carlton Holmes, headed construction firm
June 8, 1909 -- Feb. 13, 2006

Services for Carlton B. Holmes, head of a construction company, will be held at 11 a.m. today in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo, Orchard Park. Burial will be in Orchard Park Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Holmes, of Orchard Park, died Monday at home. He was 96.

He graduated from Orchard Park schools and received a degree in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

Mr. Holmes was chairman of the board of Holmes & Murphy, a construction company. His family said he enjoyed his work, often saying, "If you love your work, you will never work a day in your life."

He was known as a great storyteller, especially about Orchard Park history, and enjoyed traveling, reading and spending time outdoors.

Mr. Holmes donated a caboose that he received as a birthday present from his late brother, Clinton, to the Orchard Park Railroad Museum. He also enjoyed antique cars and drove them in parades.

He was president of the Woodlawn Cemetery Association and was a longtime member of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church.

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He was a member and past master of Zion Lodge 514 F&AM and member of the Royal Order of Jesters and the Shriners.

His wife, the former Geraldine Main, died last August.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Gandy of Orchard Park and Susan Holmes of East Aurora; a son, Richard of Orchard Park; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

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