Hugh K. Holmes, 92, retired lawyer and banker, dies

Longtime Pasadena resident wrote poetry and limericks in spare time

  • Hugh H. Holmes
Hugh H. Holmes (Handout photo, Baltimore…)
May 23, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Hugh K. Holmes, a retired lawyer, banker and volunteer who wrote limericks and poetry in his spare time, died May 16 of renal failure at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium.

The longtime Pasadena resident was 92.

Mr. Holmes, whose parents owned a grocery store, was born in Baltimore and raised in Glen Burnie, where he graduated in 1936 from Glen Burnie High School.

He earned his law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1944 and served in Army intelligence from 1946 to 1947.

He later served as a Maryland trial magistrate from 1948 to 1950, and in the Army's Judge Advocate General Corps from 1950 to 1952.

Mr. Holmes, whose office was on Mountain Road in the Lake Shore neighborhood of Anne Arundel County, practiced general law with an emphasis on estate planning, wills and family law from the 1940s until his retirement last year.

He was a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Anne Arundel County Bar Association and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was also a founding member in 1944 of the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Co., where he attained the rank of lieutenant.

"With his office only a block away, he went out on a lot of fires," said a son, Stephen J. Holmes of Bel Air.

Mr. Holmes was a founder of the North Arundel Savings Bank on Mountain Road in Pasadena, and served on its board for years.

"I've known him for more than 30 years, and when I started working at the bank, he was a formidable but well-liked and well-thought-of presence," said Micky V. Thomas, who is president and CEO of the bank.

"He played an instrumental role in starting the bank. He was the leader of a group of Pasadena businessmen who started and incorporated the bank in 1956, and for the last 50 years, he's been the driving force behind it," said Ms. Thomas. "His efforts brought our community bank to life."

Mr. Holmes also had been a member of the boards of the North Arundel Hospital Association and North Arundel Health System.

Mr. Holmes enjoyed writing poetry, and in 1998 compiled a book of his work, "Some Rhymes by An Ancient Barrister."

Here are several examples of Mr. Holmes' work.

Curious thing about furry moles,

They dwell in subterranean holes.

I wish they'd pack and leave my premises

And be, instead, some neighbor's nemesis!

Or,

A Limerick writer named Hugh

Tried hard to compose number tugh,

But he coughed and he sneezed,

And he hacked and he wheezed,

For Hugh had come down with the flugh!

Or,

Those cavemen of old were crude and brash,

They pigged out on berries and Dinosaur hash!

They had no need for investment bankers,

Computer chips, or petroleum tankers,

And they frolicked for ages with no britches or cash!

And finally,

Old Father Hubbard

Went to the cupboard

To get his razor a hone,

By the time he got there.

His whiskers were hair,

So now all he needs is a comb!

In addition to listening to music and playing the organ, Mr. Holmes, who was a member of the Chesapeake Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, enjoyed restoring vintage autos. Among the autos he restored were a black 1940 four-door Cadillac LaSalle touring car, which he sold later in his life.

He was an active and charter member of the Rotary Club of Lake Shore, the American Legion, and was a grand knight of the Knights of Columbus.

His wife of 58 years, the former Margaret Ritlinter, died in 2005.

Mr. Holmes was a communicant of Our Lady of the Chesapeake Roman Catholic Church, 8325 Ventnor Road, Pasadena, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today.

Also surviving are two sons, Patrick A. Holmes of Baltimore and Michael H. Holmes of Rockville; two daughters, Ann Marie Elsroad of Seven and Margaret K. Risk of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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