Wesley Arthur Holmes, 93, of Colchester, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning (July 24, 2018) with his family by his side at Chestelm Health & Rehabiliation Center in Moodus. Born July 22, 1925 in Norwood, MA, he was the son of the late Henry and Lillian (Phelps) Holmes. Wesley served proudly with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II along with his brother and father. Following his honorable discharge in 1946, he went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Northeastern University. He went on to become Resident State Trooper first in East Haddam and then Marlborough. Mr. Holmes then joined the Connecticut State Police Troop K in Colchester, retiring in 1989 as Trooper First Class after 31 years of dedicated service. He was the recipient of a plaque in his honor which remains outside the barracks today. He is survived by his children; Patricia Dunn of Leominster, MA, Barbara Woodbury (and her husband, Alden) of Fayetteville, NC, David (and his wife, Patricia) of East Hampton and Peter (and his partner, Kim Melluzzo) of Marlborough; grandchildren, Denise MacKenzie, Damian Woodbury, Lindsay Holmes, Kylie Holmes, Jessica Edson and Danielle Holmes; as well as nine great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his twin brother, Warren; his sister, Virginia Allsworth; and his former wife, Jeanne. The family would like to thank the staff at Chestelm for their outstanding care and compassion during the past year.
Funeral Services will be observed 11 AM Saturday (July 28th) at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester. The family will receive guests prior to the service starting at 9:30 AM. Burial with honors will follow in Marlborough Cemetery.