James Joseph “Sonny” Holmes, whose family lived in this three-quarter Cape, turned 18 in May 1944 and enlisted. He was killed in Luxembourg three months before V-E Day. When his body came home in 1948, business halted in town during his funeral. The square at Bradford and Prince Streets honors him. Sonny was one of 10 children of Gabriel Roderick Holmes, a baker at the Portuguese Bakery, a grave digger, and the caretaker of St. Peter’s Church; and Alice Loretta (Browne) Holmes. The family moved to New Bedford, but eventually Gabriel returned to live out his days, his son John Everett Holmes told me. The house was sold in 1994 to Christopher Sands, who turned it into the Hotel Piaf, with Vincent Coll. Sands sold it in 1999 to Heidi Schuetz and Sen. Daniel Wolf, Democrat of Harwich, the founder of Cape Air, who represents the Cape and Islands in the General Court.
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