Brennan, I am a member of GDTC and read Eldon's note about your father. Please accept my sincere condolences. I am Chairman of the Leadership Community Board of the American Diabetes Association of New England (office is in Boston) and noticed that the ADA was one of his selected charities. I thank your family and want you to know that we will steward any memorials in his honor, in our efforts to Stop Diabetes. I will be making a donation in his name also. My best to you and your family as you embrace his passing. Sincerely- Jay Dunigan
Posted: 08/11/2011 by Jay Dunigan of Londonderry, NH, USA
Phil will be missed always. I am so sorry for his family's loss. He was a great man. Even though alot of people didn't like me at HUD, he used to always listen to me if I had something to say from the very time he first started working at HUD. I was his secretary for many, many years. I still can't believe he left us. He had many new things planned - paying off his mortgage, getting married and retiring. I will also miss the stories and the pictures of the places he visited that he shared with us. I will also miss when he used to peek over the edge of my desk to find out what I was having for lunch because it smelled so good.
Posted: 08/02/2011 by Lori Vattes of Manchester, NH, USA
Dear Family and loved ones of Phil; We are so sorry to hear of Phil's death in the affordable housing community; I worked with him during his entire tenure at HUD, and always appreciated his ability to get things done, even in challenging times. His ability to help us navigate through HUD will always be remembered and appreciated; he made a difference in the world.
Posted: 08/02/2011 by Kathleen Luce of burlington, Vermont,
To The Holmes Family, Thoughts and Prayers are with you. May your faith comfort you and give you strength during this difficult time. In Heartfelt Sympathy, Gail K Bourgoin R.S.C. Hillside Apartments Madawaska, Me. 04756
Posted: 08/02/2011 by Gail K Bourgoin R.S.C. of Madawaska, Maine 04756, USA
The Holmes family, I am truly sorry to hear about Phil. It was a pleasure working with him over the last several years. He was a true gentlemen and professional. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Posted: 08/01/2011 by Wayne Willard (HUD Buffalo) of Buffalo, NY,
WE ARE SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU.DEEPEST SYMPATHY ALFRED,VALERIE,VALERIE ANN, (ALFRED)JR,DANIELLE HENDRICKSON
Posted: 07/31/2011 by HENDRICKSON of Gloucester, MASS, ESSEX
Sandy and the Holmes family, I am so sorry to hear about Phil. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I always enjoyed meeting in the neighborhood and talking with you both. I never can understand why these things happen, but someday, maybe we will understand. Take care. Sandy Stratton Unit 13
Posted: 07/30/2011 by Sandy Stratton of Derry, NH,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Phil touched the lives of many people throughout the years. He will surely be missed by the housing community. God Bless you all.
Posted: 07/30/2011 by Gail Cunningham of East Granby , CT, USA
I feel like I have lost part of my childhood. He was my best friend in high school. He was always there if I needed him. I will miss him dearly. My condolences to the family.
Posted: 07/30/2011 by Harry Hilliard of Portland, ME,
To Sandy and the Holmes family, I send my deepest condolences.
Posted: 07/30/2011 by Mary Backstrom Whitten of Gloucester, MA,
To my cousin Sandy, Phil’s fiancé, it is very hard to understand why Phil was taken from you and all the others who love him so suddenly and unexpectedly. My heart aches for you as I imagine the sadness you must be feeling. I know there is little I can say right now that will make sense of this tragedy, but please know that I love you and will be praying for you. Please let me know how you are doing. With heartfelt sympathy, Donna Luce
Posted: 07/30/2011 by Donna L. Luce of Evans, Georgia, USA
We are very saddened to hear of Phil's passing and our condolences and prayers are with his loved ones. His dedicated work towards helping seniors will be remembered and will live on forever. God Bless Phil, his family and his loved ones. May they someday be joined together with God for eternity.
Posted: 07/29/2011 by Elderly Home/Hillside Apartment of Madawaska, Maine, USA
We are extremely saddened by Phil’s tragic passing. We have had the pleasure of working with Phil for the past 15 years on many housing and healthcare projects. He was a tireless advocate, especially for affordable housing projects. Phil went above and beyond and will be remembered as someone who truly made a difference in this world. We will miss him. To his family, we offer our deepest condolences. Phil’s legacy will live on in all the good work he accomplished.
Posted: 07/29/2011 by Wayne & Lisa Jean of Derry , NH,
Megan and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. The loss of a loved one is never easy, however when it is sudden it is all the more difficult to fathom the loss.
Posted: 07/29/2011 by Marisa Jarvis of Pembroke, NH, USA
Dear Sandy and Family. I found out this morning about Phil's accident. I am so deeply sorry that this had to happen at this time. Phil was a true friend. We shared so many things together from stories growing up in Scandinavian neighborhoods... to our work... to his support to me when I was going through my divorce. I will miss him terribly. If I can help in any way with dealing with the Phil's government service/benefits please don't hestitate to call me. My phone number is in the local phone book. VR Dave Nylund
Posted: 07/29/2011 by Dave Nylund of Rollinsford, NH,
Our visit with Phil just two weeks ago was particularly memorable as we talked of his upcoming marriage to Sandy and future travel to India with his son and a friend. That relaxed, peaceful day at Merrymeeting Lake shall be our lasting memory. While the pain of loss is never completely soothed with words, we hope knowing others care will help. Barbara & Jim
Posted: 07/29/2011 by Barbara & Jim Lanigan of Manchester, NH, USA
Dear Family and Friends of Phil, I want you all to know how sad I am to hear of Phil's death. I worked with him throughout his tenure at HUD. Our work in affordable housing is not always easy; but Phil's patience and fairness at the times we needed it made it easier. You all should be proud. He was a great guy, and when challenged at annual housing managers meetings he could cut a mean dance step! My thoughts are with you, Sarah Carpenter Vermont Housing Finance Agency
Posted: 07/29/2011 by Sarah Carpenter of Burlington, Vermont,
The entire staff at Gagnier Hicks Associates some of whom worked with Phil for the past 15 years are deeply saddened at this news of Phil's recent death. He will be missed by us all. Phil, his family and loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Posted: 07/29/2011 by Gagnier Hicks Associates of Springfield, MA,
We are very saddened to hear of Phil's untimely passing and our condolences and prayers are with the Holmes family. His work over many years with us has enabled countless seniors to live in quality housing. He will be missed and his legacy remembered.
Posted: 07/29/2011 by Elisabeth Herold/The Pines of Ocean Park, Maine, USA
What a tragic loss of a wonderful, caring person. Phil - you will be missed.
Posted: 07/29/2011 by Duska Hayman of Orono, Maine, USA
I've known Phil for about 15 years through our two agencies working together. He was always a kind and respectful person. He talked about his family and the great trips he had been on. I am so sorry for your loss and all of you are in my prayers. I pray that the peace of the Lord be with all of you during this difficult time.
Posted: 07/29/2011 by Ginny Larkin of Bedford, NH,
So sorry to hear of Phil's untimely passing. I will always remember him happily recounting his travel adventures, and take some comfort that he was able to see so much of the world. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Posted: 07/29/2011 by David Eaton of Portland, ME, United States of America
Phil was a very good man who helped many people and will be missed. My thought and prayers are with his family.
Posted: 07/29/2011 by Sheila of Boston, MA,