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Community leader Bill Holmes dies

bill holmesLocal businessman and community leader Bill Holmes, 58, died suddenly on Monday, July 18.

“Bill, beloved husband of Shelley Pozez, lived his life fully and gave such joy to our world.  He was a treasured member of our Federation Board who, through the force of his personality and devotion to community work, touched many lives throughout Tucson,” said Stuart Mellan, CEO and President of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.

Mr. Holmes wed Shelley Pozez in April.

Mr. Holmes grew up in Yuma, Ariz., and lived in Tucson for almost 40 years. He was managing partner and CEO of Agape Hospice and Palliative Care. Previously he had served as managing partner for CPR2U LLC, a healthcare education company; senior consultant for Up With People, the international singing group he had joined after graduation from Yuma High School; chief operating officer of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; and community relations manager for Wells Fargo Bank.

He was board chair of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was involved with many other civic organizations, including the Saguaro Girl Scouts Council, Chicanos Por La Causa, El Rio Foundation, Catholic Community Services, Angel Charities and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Mr. Holmes is survived by his mother, Ann Nelson; wife, Shelley Pozez, and her children, Lindsey and Josh Baker; siblings, Meredith Baker, Janice Miller, Joy Ackerman and Johnny Holmes; daughters, Laurie Orozco, Tina Cruz and Becky Cruz; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 21 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Arrangements were made by Evergreen Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tucson Children’s Museum or the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona.