Robert “Bob” Holm

Robert “Bob” Holm

Holm, Robert “Bob”

Age 70, Died 11/21/2018, peacefully at home surrounded by loving family & friends at his side with the support of Suncoast Hospice.

Bob was preceded in death by:
Father Robert Sr. and Mother Evelyn

Bob is survived by his spouse of 34 years John Darr, daughter Denise Case and her husband James, brother Allen Holm, step-mother Lucy Holm, devoted pet BD, beloved niece Beth Cramer, sisters-in-law Barbara Jackson and Jeanne King, adopted daughters Laura Cronk and Katie Raphael, special friend (sister) Christine Gibson, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Bob live in New Jersey, California, and Michigan before settling permanently in Florida. He proudly served in the Army in Vietnam.

Bob had a long and successful career as a leader in the substance abuse field as the State’s Regional Director tasked with licensing and monitoring agencies responsible for the prevention and treatment of addiction throughout the Tampa Bay area and advising state leaders. He was known statewide for his incredible advocacy for persons with addictions as well as the agencies that served them.

Bob was a graduate of Leadership St. Petersburg. He chaired the Social Action Committee for the City of St. Petersburg. He was on the Community Alliance board of Florida Center for Addiction in Avon Park. He was one of the founders and long-time supporters of CFBHN. He served on the Board of Directors for 211 Tampa Bay Cares and chaired its Service Excellence Committee. He served on the PERC board. He helped start the Mustard Seed and Turning Point programs. He was a longtime volunteer with Empath ASAP/EPIC program, and various dog rescue organizations. Recognitions include an award from the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association for promoting substance abuse prevention, the City of St. Petersburg Senior Hall of Fame, and recipient of the Key of the City of St. Petersburg. Bob served our state, county, and community in many other capacities and certainly leaves us in a much better place.

For over 30 years Bob and John were known to their neighbors and multitude of friends as the center of the Christmas season with their annual open house featuring fabulous decorations, great desserts, visits from Santa Claus, warmth and the spirit of the holidays. Bob was a friend to all – 2 and 4 legged.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held on January 5, 2019, beginning at 4 pm at his residence.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob’s name can be made to:
• A Dog Rescue of your choice (Pet Pal, Lab Rescue)
• 211 Tampa Bay Cares
• Suncoast Hospice
• EMPATH Health / EPIC


  • Kevin Hughes Posted December 4, 2018 12:05 pm

    No one kinder to me in the last 30 years than Bob. He gave and cared from the heart in a most graceful manner. Known only to me as Aunt Bob, I am sorry for not getting to say goodbye and I love you. You will always be missed.

  • Robert Neri Posted December 8, 2018 4:21 pm

    Bob- always was true to whatever the next right thing to do was. Kind and always respectful. I met Bob when he was doing licensing and he visited our in jail program.
    After the visit Bob said “it’s a really good program” I said “what did you see?”
    He answered “All the residents used I statements when talking about their life”
    “ That showed me a lot of ownership – and little blaming”. I knew he was a special person from that first interaction. Godspeed Bob-
    Love to John.

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