Erold “Hummy” Holmstrom, 93, died peacefully at Oak Grove Center in Waterville on April 7, 2010, with his wife by his side.

He was born in Tenants Harbor on Jan. 2, 1917, the son of Otto and Ellen (Jacobson) Holmstrom. Erold married Edith Berggren in 1940, and they would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on April 13.

Erold and Edith lived in the Wiley’s Corner area of St. George for 40 years and enjoyed their home. Upon retirement they wintered in Venice, Fla., and Erold loved to repair anything the neighbors needed fixed. It was not unusual for him to receive a call from Maine, asking for advice regarding automotive repair problems.

After selling their home in St. George, they moved to Winslow, and eventually to their granddaughter Lisen’s home in Clinton – while still wintering at their home in Florida.

Erold attended St. George and Rockland schools. At the age of 15, due to the Great Depression, he was forced to go to work at the Fireproof Garage in Rockland to support his family. He later earned his GED. That began a lifelong career in mechanics, and Erold was highly respected for his strong work ethic and knowledge in his field. He worked at the Hopkins Garage in Rockland for 30 years, during which time he received his teaching certificate from the University of Maine. Erold’s work at Hopkin’s Garage was interrupted during World War II due to his work at Bath Iron Works and Snow’s Shipyard in Rockland. He also completed a course in radio and electronics from The National Institute of Radio and Television and he moonlighted in radio and electronics for many years. Erold was hired by the Maine State Prison in Thomaston as a teacher of mechanics in 1970, and upon his retirement in 1982, received a commendation from Gov. Curtis for his outstanding contribution to his field.

Erold and Edith were members of the Coastal Clippers Squaredance Club of Rockland and the Swedish Club of Venice, Fla. Erold also enjoyed bowling, lawn maintenance, the Red Sox, astronomy, and, most of all, his family.

He was very proud of his Swedish heritage, and he and Edith traveled to Sweden in 1965, where they reconnected with their families. Erold had previously lived and attended school in Sweden for about a year in 1931.

Erold was on the roster of the local baseball team, the St. George Torpedoes. He got to play on occasion with his son, Don, and even acted as an umpire in a pinch.

“Grampa” will be remembered and forever cherished by his family. He was known by all as a kind, honest and gentle man who was highly respected.

He is survived by his loving wife, Edith, their son, Donald Holmstrom and his wife, Jane, all of Winslow; his grandchildren, Britt Holmstrom-Salisbury and her husband, Roger, of Benton, Lisen Chesley and her husband, Harvey, of Clinton, and Kyle Holmstrom and his wife, Carissa, of Genoa, Nev.; his great-grandchildren, Jacob Higgins, Danielle and Alex Chesley, Emma, Kaysa and Alan Michael Salisbury, Hudson Erold, and Harrison Vincent Holmstrom; his great-great grandson, Deven Young and Deven’s mom, Arielle Young; and his nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and his great-grandson, Nicholas Higgins.

The family would like to extend a special thank-you to all of Hummy’s caregivers in the last few months.

Donations in Erold’s memory can be sent to Pine Tree Camp’s Camp Pine Cone Fund, P.O. Box 518, Bath, ME 04530.

A celebration of Erold’s life will be held Sunday, April 11 at 1 p.m. at the home of his granddaughter Lisen Chesley, 25 Hillcrest Drive in Clinton. All friends and family are welcome to come and share memories.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m. at the Wiley’s Corner Baptist Church cemetery in St. George. There will be a gathering at the St. George Grange Hall immediately following the service.

Arrangements were made by Dan and Scott Adams Cremation and Funeral Service in Skowhegan.