Robert E. Holmberg, Sr

  • Born: January 6, 1931
  • Died: July 13, 2020
  • Location: Easton, Massachusetts

Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services

605 Washington St
PO Box 34
Easton, MA 02375
Tel. (508) 238-4269

Tribute & Message From The Family

EASTON----Robert Edward "Bob" Holmberg, Sr., age 89, a lifelong resident of Easton, passed away peacefully in his home on Glenn Road on Monday, July 13th, 2020. By his side was his high school sweetheart and wife of 68 years, Betty Eva (Kidder) Holmberg. Bob was the son of late Bror E. and Laura D. (Smith) Holmberg of Easton and brother to late Ruth S. Watts and Betty M. Olivier. He was raised in Easton and built a home next door on family land that spans 100 years and 4 generations. Both he and Betty were graduates of Oliver Ames High School Class of 1949 where Bob played football and developed a love for fixing cars.

As a mechanic, he worked at Quincy Motors in his early days, then later as an entrepreneur, he owned and operated two successful adjacent businesses on Route 138: Bob's Atlantic Service Station and Bob's Ski Doo, which is now operated by his son Bob Jr..

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed at Fort McNair in Washington D.C. He was a member of the American Legion VFW, Bay State Antique Auto Club, the Easton Grange, the Masonic *Temple and the Easton Historical Society.

Bob was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who is endeared to family and friends as a warm-hearted, positive, hardworking, loving, generous man who leads by example.

Bob and Betty have always been an inspiration for so many when it comes to balancing hard work with play. They have always enjoyed spending time at Lake Winnipesaukee in Alton Bay where their family cottage has been both a hobby and a labor of love for them and their family to create memories.

He had a keen appreciation for antique cars and anything with a motor. With his love for being behind the wheel, he traveled in his motor home across country to visit relatives and historical sites. He was a remarkable encyclopedia of facts, travel routes and points of interest. Bob had a natural knack for adventure and spark for finding fun. He enjoyed all outdoor activities year round especially boating and snowmobiling, always making sure to include his family.

The charisma, whit, passion and love for life and family he displayed throughout his life and up until his final moments will leave a lasting impression in our families' hearts and live on in the ever-lasting legacy he has built. In short, he was a great mentor of love, life and family.

In addition to his wife Betty, he is survived by a large, loving family. His 5 children: Marilyn J. Oickle (and Bob) from Greenwood, ME, Carolyn D. Barret (and Steve) from Centennial, CO and Jeannette L. Tighe (and Brad) from Easton, Lorraine B. Robohm (and Steve) from Easton and Robert E. Holmberg, Jr. (and Paula) from Easton. He will also be missed by his 16 grandchildren, his soon-to-be 22 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and his beloved dog, Holly.

A private ceremony will be held on Saturday morning, July 18th at Kane Funeral Home for immediate family, followed by an 11:45 am graveside ceremony with social distancing that will be open to extended family and friends. The Washington Street Cemetery is located at the intersection of Washington and Elm Streets in North Easton. For directions or condolences visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

What can we say on the loss of Uncle Bob. Aunt Betty, Marilyn, Carolyn, Jeanette, Lorraine and Bob Jr and all of your families. Words can not express the sadness we feel. Just know you are all in our hearts. So many memories or him and his love for his family. God bless you all. We love you. Carol and Tom

Posted by Carol and Tom Houghton - Rio Rancho, NM - Family   July 26, 2020

Bob was a wonderful man with a wonderful wife, Betty, and family. Many fond memories growing up with the Holmbergs on Elm Street. He left a beautiful legacy and great memories. Bobby's eulogy was spot on and delivered so eloquently. Sorry I was unable to stop at the house after the ceremony to see and speak with Betty, Marilyn, Carolyn, Jeanette, Lorraine, Bobby and your families. Condolences to you from all of the Morse family.

Bill Morse

Posted by Bill and Louise Morse - Mattapoisett, MA - Friend   July 22, 2020

Uncle Bob has created such a beautiful, and well planned, legacy! His footprint in this town and with his family is a very unique one! He is so kind and loving and helpful to anyone he met! There are so many memories I have of him that I couldn't possibly write them here, but my favorite one was driving to NH with him and Aunt Betty and Grandma and Grandpa in his Honey Bee camper. We were headed up the highway late at night and I was in the bed over the cab looking out the window watching for the man of the mountain. The moon was so bright so he could be seen so good. Uncle Bob was down there saying, See him? Can you see him? Will cherish that memory forever! Love you Uncle Bob and may you rest in the sweetest peace. ❤❤❤❤❤

To Aunt Betty and family, we are so deeply sorry for the loss of Uncle Bob! You All are in our thoughts and prayers and may the love of family and friends around you help bring you comfort during the days ahead. Love you all!

Posted by Michelle Sims - South Easton, MA - Family   July 20, 2020

I remember visiting Bob at his home after breaking his neck during the Mansfield football game . The whole team was their wishing him well ' He was a hard hitting lineman and [played a great game , I played full back and as a team we did well' 1948 was good season;

Posted by Louis Silva - South Easton, MA - Classmate   July 18, 2020

Sad to see him go was good friend bob very good to me as my family when we needed it he will be missed

Posted by Louie & Gerrie Saulnier - North Easton, MA - Family Friend   July 17, 2020

Sending your family our sincere condolences on your loss. Mr. Holmberg was a very nice man.

Posted by Ron and Cheryl Macuch - Monument Beach, MA   July 17, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Holmberg family for their loss. I grew up a few houses down from the Ski Doo shop and have so many fond memories of interactions with him during my childhood. Thank you Mr. Holmberg for both your service to our nation and the residents of Easton.

Posted by Vincent Urdi - Neighbor   July 17, 2020

I wanted to let you know I have sent a message to the Bay State Antique Auto Club membership about Bob's passing. He was a great car enthusiast and many will remember him for his participation in club activities over the years.

I especially remember his 1936 Ford Standard at a club picnic ay Floyd Bent's home several years ago. I believe I was so impressed I had the photographer
take some shots and it was in a club calendar that next year.

Please accept my sincere condolences.

Drew Sullivan - BSAAC President

Posted by Andrew Sullivan - Dedham, MA - Acquaintance   July 17, 2020

Your family has always been very special to us. We are very sad to hear of Bob's passing. I hope Bob and my dad are in heaven swapping car stories and remembering old times. We love you all and will keep you in our prayers at this time. Love, Beverly Iacampo, Dean Iacampo and Donna Elliott/Iacampo

Posted by Donna Elliott - Brookhaven, GA   July 16, 2020

Dear Holmberg family....We are very sorry to hear about Bob's passing ...he was a wonderful man and a great neighbor... glad that he was part of our life.... love Cindy and Jeff Goldberg

Posted by Cindy Goldberg - Easton - Neighbor   July 16, 2020

To Bob's family and friends:
On behalf of Bob's brothers and sisters at the George S. Shepard American Legion Post 7, in Easton, please accept our most sincere and heartfelt condolences and prayers at this difficult time. Once a brother warrior, always a brother warrior. May he rest in peace in the palm of God's hand. He will always be a part of Post 7 and remembered today and forever. Godspeed Bob.
Jim McAvoy
Commander, Legion Post 7

Posted by Jim McAvoy - No. Easton, MA - Friend   July 16, 2020

Sorry to hear about Bob. He will be missed. He was such a joy to be around and have a conversation with, including cars and sleds. He always had a great outlook on life and would warm a room with his presence. Rest in peace Bob.

Posted by David Walsh - Stoughton, MA - Friend   July 16, 2020

A most beautiful tribute for a most deserving man. Always to no remembered.

Posted by Kenneth Belcher - Jackson, NH - Family   July 16, 2020

Bob will always be in my heart as a fair and honest friend. He will be missed by many.

Posted by Keith Porges - West Bridgewater, MA - Friend   July 16, 2020

Always kept us laughing with his jokes, sometimes naughty, never repulsive or disgusting. Best memories ever for us was our trip across country with Don & Candy Leonard, Bob & Betty and us, Floyd & Sylvia, each couple in their own motor home. Bob was designated "wagon master" and led the knowledgeable through each state. We shall miss him dearly and are so blessed for having known him.

Posted by Floyd & Sylvia Bent - Franklin, MA - Friend   July 16, 2020

My fondest memories of Uncle Bob was going with Joan and Russell my parents to the camp in New Hampshire swimming my Dad trying to water ski Uncle Bob cooking for all He was revered in North Easton Everyone that knew him loved him He was a kind man and I personally have fond memories of him when young Im so sorry for your loss. On angel wings Im sure he went to heaven God Bless

Posted by Dellen Reed - Rio Rancho, NM - Family   July 15, 2020

I'm so sorry for the loss of Bob to the entire Holmberg Family. Many great memories on Glenn Road and trips to Winnipesake.

Posted by Lee Ann Bristow - Orrville, OH - Neighbor   July 15, 2020

I'm so sorry for the loss of Bob to the entire Holmberg Family. Many great memories on Glenn Road and trips to Winnipesake.

Posted by Lee Ann Bristow - Orrville, OH - Neighbor   July 15, 2020

Uncle Bob you will truly be missed. You always had a smile and a warm hug waiting. I have so many fond memories from growing up that I will hold close to my heart. To the family: our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sending you all lots of love.

Posted by Christine, Mark & Katie Smith - Bridgewater, MA - Family   July 15, 2020