Belfast businesswoman killed in Freedom crash

Dec 22, 2012
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Freedom — Maine State Police say a well-known Belfast businesswoman was killed Saturday morning, Dec. 22, when her pickup truck slid off Route 137 in Freedom and struck a tree.

Police say the woman’s granddaughter escaped the crash with minor injuries.

Trooper Donald Webber said the crash victim is 64-year-old Ruth Holmes, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Holmes' granddaughter, 11-year-old Cassie Jackson of Searsport, sustained bumps and bruises and was treated at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast.

Webber said Holmes lost control of the truck on the ice covered road just after 7 a.m. The truck flipped on its side and slid into a tree, crushing the roof. Both vehicle occupants were wearing seat belts, according to police.

Holmes and her family have operated Holmes Greenhouse and Florist Shop in Belfast for years. Holmes' husband Allen retired last month as Belfast Area High School field hockey coach, after serving in that position for 40 years.


Comments (6)
Posted by: Heidi Howie | Dec 24, 2012 15:08

It is a great loss to the City of Belfast, with the passing of such a dedicated, caring, loving, lady. Ruth Holmes.  It is impossible to put into words what this means to everyone that knows the Holmes family. Ruth was a wonderful teacher, and had the patience of a saint. My children had Ruth in school and loved her dearly. The Holmes family are terrific people and it is so hard to grasp that Ruth is no longer with us.   She will never be forgotten, and she will always remain in our hearts.  R.I.P. Ruth. 

Posted by: Debora Riley | Dec 24, 2012 00:10

Ruth was a wonderful person and her sudden passing is a shock to all. She was a beloved elementary school teacher for 30+ years. She and Coach Holmes had such a positive effect on so many lives. It's impossible to put into words how much Ruth and her family has meant to all who had the good fortune to know them. May Coach Holmes and Family find some comfort in the support of Belfast and the surrounding communities for them, their tragic loss, and of all the positive work they've done over the years with the education of the youth. Ruth gave tirelessly in support of the education of local youth. RIP, Ruth.

Posted by: JOHN FORD | Dec 23, 2012 19:46

It seems like Belfast is having it's share of heartbreak before the holiday season this year. Ruth Holmes being the latest casualty and one that will surely be missed by those of us who know the Holmes family so well. Our thoughts go out to the family and especially to the Coach, who was just beginning his new phase of life as a retiree from the coaching business. A job which he was so good at. Our thoughts and prayers are with Allen and the family - as it is with the McCLeod family who also will be enduring a loss of their own this holiday season. May God be with you all during this time of turmoil..and may you know you have the respect, the admitration and the sorrow of an entire community behind you. Cherrish the memories, for they can never be taken away! 

Posted by: TROY HOWARD MIDDLE SCHOOL | Dec 23, 2012 08:59

Ruth Holmes was one of a kind. She will always be remembered for her true heart and the love she had not only for her family but for the children of this community.  Ruth was the first person to welcome our young family to Belfast over 15 years ago when we became neighbors on the hill of Swanlake Ave. It is with much sadness that we send this message of love and strength to the entire Holmes Family. We pray that you will find comfort in our prayers for you in the coming days .

Posted by: Roxanne Mary Cummings | Dec 22, 2012 22:32

We were just devastated when we heard the news about Ruth.  She was such a lovely woman, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  Our prayers go out to the entire Holmes family for their loss.  In times such as these, there are no words to ease the pain.  We only hope they can find some comfort in knowing they are all in our hearts and prayers for the days ahead.  Ruth will be missed by everyone who knew her, or whose life she may have touched with her kindness.


David and Sharon Clements

Posted by: Roxanne Mary Cummings | Dec 22, 2012 21:48

Our hearts and prayers go out to the Holmes family.  Ruth was such a beloved member of this community.  Ruth was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and wife.  It's impossible to put into words what this tragedy means to everyone that knew her and the family.  I hope they can find some comfort in knowing how much they are all loved and that the entire community is mourning their loss with them.  While Ruth is no longer with us she is surely forever in all our hearts.

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