Orlando Holmes (affectionately known as Boli) was born on December 27, 1948 to Germaine Jordan and the late Romaine Holmes. Orlando grew up in Rio Abajo, Panama City, Panama and attended Escuela Republica de Haiti. At age 14, Orlando and his sister, Patricia moved to New York to live with his mother and stepfather, Adolfo Quiroz. Shortly after graduating from Franklin K. Lane High School in Brooklyn, New York, Orlando was drafted to the Army and fought in the Vietnam War at the young age of 18. He returned home safely after serving one year in Vietnam.
Orlando married his first wife, Sonia Davy and had two daughters, Kyra (Holmes) Stewart and Linda (Holmes) Sopin. Orlando's youngest daughter, Namibia Holmes, who bares the most striking resemblance to her father, was born from his marriage to LaVerne Jordan.
While working at Verizon, Orlando attended and graduated from New York University. He decided to retire from Verizon in 2002 but continued to work driving taxis and as a certified tax preparer. He always had a story to share about his driving adventures that made everyone laugh.
Orlando was a kind spirited man who loved life to its fullest. He was a jack-of-all-trades and a lifelong learner, always bearing a smile and continually optimistic. with an even keeled spirit, Orlando loved sports, music, the beach, pets, and engaging in dialogue but most of all he loved his family; spending time with his family was important to him. Orlando had a smile for everyone and you would enjoy talking with him from one subject to the next.
Orlando and Glenda married in 1996; they shared a life together with his stepdaughter, Camille in Hackensack, New Jersey. Orlando and Glenda loved serving the Lord, traveling, spending time with friends/neighbors and their beloved pets.
Orlando was baptized at faith fellowship Ministries World Outreach Center in 1996; he attended and worshiped there together with his family for many years until his passing.
In addition to the aforementioned, there are so many others who had the pleasure of loving Orlando including his sisters, Olivia Quiroz, Maritza Pomares, Pamela Holmes, and Euguita Holmes; his grandchildren, Marcel and Jalen Stewart, Simone Francis and Tyson Sopin; son-in -law, Barry Stewart, his aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-laws and friends.
Orlando enjoyed life and will be missed by all of his family , relatives , friends and neighbors.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 11 AM to 12 NOON at Faith Fellowship Ministries Church, 2707 Main Street Extension, Sayreville, N.J. Funeral services will begin immediately following visitation at 12 NOON at the church. Orlando will be laid to rest following military honors at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, 350 Province Line Road, Wrightstown, N.J. For those desiring, memorial contributions made in Orlando's memory can be made at the Church.