George B. Holmes

Aug 24, 2018
George Holmes

Longmont, Colo. — On Aug. 14, 2018, George Bernard Holmes lost his battle with liver cancer. George was 70 years old and was surrounded by his beloved family.

George was born Dec. 18, 1947, in Eastport to Philip and Gisela Holmes. He graduated from Stephens High School in Rumford in 1966 and went on to Andover Institute of Business and The Gemological Institute of America.

George started his career working at Roger’s Jewelry (later known as GM Pollack & Sons), in Portland, then in Augusta from 1969 to 1976, Michaud’s Jewelers in Waterville from 1976 to 1981. In 1981, he opened By George Jewelry in Rockland, which is still serving the Midcoast. George was in the jewelry business for 50 years, creating one-of-a-kind pieces for his customers. George touched many lives.

Over the years, George had many adventures and interests, such as family boating along the Maine coast, camping, gardening and helping others. He loved riding his motorcycle on short scenic trips as well as cross-country adventures. George made several trips to Colorado to visit his daughter and son-in-law. On one such trip, Natasha answered the door bell to find her father standing there in his leather gear holding a bouquet of flowers, bike in drive way! No notice, just headed out! That was our George. He lived life to the fullest and parked his Harley in the jewelry store. He had a master's degree from the School of Hard Knocks and would have done it no other way. That was the George who was loved by all!

Over the last 10 years, George was a strong believer in the NA and AA programs. During those years he spent time volunteering at the PARC unit at Pen Bay Medical Center. He was always there to offer guidance to others during tough times. His door was always open and the coffeepot was always on.

George was preceded in death by his brother, Robert D. Holmes, and father Philip Holmes. He is survived by his daughters Stephanie and son-in-law Mark Williams of Topsham and Natasha and son-in-law Duncan Wright of Longmont, Colo.; his first grandchild is due to arrive in November; his mother, Gisela Holmes, of Brunswick; and beloved sister Karin and husband David Arsenault of Kennebunkport; as well as nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be planned for next summer. Info will be posted on Facebook or email Natasha at

Memorial contributions can be made to Pope Memorial Humane Society P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841; 594-2200;

Comments (7)
Posted by: Ria Biley | Aug 27, 2018 12:06

Saddened for all who knew him. George's passing leaves a hole in the fabric of Rockland.

Posted by: paula sutton | Aug 26, 2018 06:37

He was a talented and unique character who is missed already by so many. Deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. I am so glad that I had a chance to see him one last time before he left town for his final trip.

Posted by: Robert M Rosenberg | Aug 25, 2018 07:52

A really fine, good person. Will be missed. RIP

Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Aug 24, 2018 21:45

George was a gentleman. Once he helped me survive a hot day, out walking, by offering me his air conditioned office. Your Main Street presence has been missing during your illness and now forever gone. R.I.P. George.


Posted by: Cindy York | Aug 24, 2018 21:05

Very talented artist and kind person.




Posted by: Ananur Forma | Aug 24, 2018 20:34

so sorry to hear this news. A fine person, for sure!

Posted by: Edwin E Ecker | Aug 24, 2018 16:02

A great man and an inspiration to all !


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