April 15, 2014

Jeff Holmes: 1964 to 2012

 

PHOTO BY JOSIE KELLY

Jeff Holmes: 1964 to 2012

Jeffery Holmes with his daughter, Alea in Yosemite National Park.

Jeffrey Noah Holmes, born in Tampa, Florida on June 20, 1964, passed away peacefully at the age of 48 with the guiding light of his family and Amanda Sutherland surrounding him in Chinatown on November 17, 2012 from complications associated with cancer. At a young age, Jeff followed an old adage – Go West! He did and fell into the Topanga Canyon lifestyle where he found many of his talents and friends.

Jeff was married in two ceremonies to Topanga resident Josie Kelly. The first ceremony was on Earth Day in 1991 at her parents' home in an outdoor ceremony in Tampa Bay, Florida.

The second ceremony was a week later at Palisades Park, California. They resided in Venice before moving to the ­­­­­­Fernwood area of Topanga.

Their daughter, Alea Holmes, was born March 5,1994 and attended the Co- Op Preschool, Topanga Elementary School, Calmont School, Palisades High School. Alea graduated last June and is now attending UC Santa Barbara.

 One of Jeff's early Topanga businesses was in collaboration with Jimmy Rosenberg called "Grow'in Up Organic". He leased organic farm land from Malibu to Santa Barbara.  Jeff drove the tractors, planted organic lettuce varieties, and did all the work of harvesting, boxing, and delivering the boxes of lettuce to Gelsons and Whole Foods.

Jeff also coined the phrase "Don't panic, its organic". He also designed the package labels for this company.  Jeff was an artist and created many paintings and built frames and tables from reclaimed wood. ­Many of these can be seen at Ribbit Tree and Plant in Old Canyon. He collaborated with Toni Swanner on an antique shop and artist gallery which was called "Salvage Door Dolly" located where "Redhanded" was later established.

Jeff also did many years of handyman work here in the Canyon. Jeff was also an amazing chef. 

A memorial was held at the home of Karen Bovee on November 24th.

The community will feel a deep sense of loss without this talented, warm father and friend. Jeff is survived by his daughter Alea Holmes, his parents Jim and LuAnn Holmes, his sister Jennifer Holmes, and his two brothers Kimo Holmes and Peter Holmes. He leaves many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends around the world that he loved dearly.

 Jeff’s life will be celebrated in Tampa at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Jeff would want us to embrace our loved ones, smile at a stranger, and know that ­everything’s going to be all right.