Robert E. Holmes II

Robert E. Holmes II, 76, passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. He was born in Glens Falls, NY on April 4, 1944 to Robert and Annis Holmes. He served in the US Navy on the USS Wilkinson.

Bob was the owner and operator of Razor Inn in Albany, where he was a barber for over 50 years. His customers were like family to him and he enjoyed sharing stories with them throughout the years. He was a lifetime member of the Clifton Park Elks helping with many events and activities. In his free time Bob liked to hunt and fish, and spend time with his family.

He was predeceased by his parents Robert and Annis Holmes and his sister Ada Cross. Bob is survived by his wife Rene, and their children Robert Holmes III (Lorie), Shelley Farone (Christian) and Dan Holmes (Amy); grandchildren Jessica, Samantha, Robert IV, and Lily; sister Karen Havens; and his beloved dog Suzy.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Monday, February 15 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks are required. A service with military honors will be held 11:30am Tuesday, February 16 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Clifton Park Elks, 695 McElroy Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

Guest Book

Dick Taylor

Shelley - to you and your family, my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dad. I just found out on May 23rd and was shocked to learn the news. After reading the kind messages in the guest book it's obvious how many lives he touched and how much he was loved. He will vey much be missed.

Teresa Eick

My family has been friends with Bob for as long as I remember. He has been are hair stylist for just as long. Bob even came to my sister's wedding and worked on our hair for her big day. Bob will be missed by all. Happy trails and card games with my Mom.

Ken Choi

Shelly, Rene and Family, I am so sorry to learn of Bob's passing. I and my sons appreciated his haircuts, his company, his way, his pup Suzy and your store for basically all the years we've been getting haircuts. We were just up in the North Country and I was thinking of him as we were in Chestertown and we did some sledding on the town hill and touring around frozen Schroon Lake. Wishing your family love, peace and healing in this very difficult time. Bob was a great guy, we'll miss him terribly and remember him greatly. Ken, Tommy and Matt.

Barry Betz, Sr.

Shelley & Family: It was with a heavy heart & a stunningly profound sadness when I learned about the passing of Bob. He was our barber & friend for many, many years. My sons loved going there for the bowl of lollipops & getting to play with Suzy in addition to getting their haircut. Bob & I always talked about the Elks. He was always interested in our life. He saw the boys excitement when they got their first bike, eventually their first car, & then their first girlfriend, and always responded to it. I admired that! He was a great guy & we will miss him dearly. Our sincerest sympathies to his entire family. We will keep you in our thoughts & prayers during this most difficult time. RIP Bob!

Anthony Paniccia

So sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

Jeff Hilt

I met Bob at the Razor Inn and I believe I'd been going to see him for about 10 years. He always asked me how my kids were doing and he obviously loved to tell stories. He was a easy guy to get to know and to like.

I took my father-in-law (Ron) to get his haircut from Bob when Ron was dying of cancer. They shared stories about their service in the Army/Navy and he made Ron feel good. His haircut was on the house.

I know he was very proud of his children and his grandchildren. He always seemed to have a new picture on the wall. He spoke about all of you most every time.

I always looked forward to getting my haircut from Bob. I'm sorry for your loss.

Jim Martin

Shelly, I was so sorry to hear about your father. I was so looking forward to seeing him when I got back since the barber here in Orange Beach was awful. I figured my hair would grow out in time for Bob tofu’s it. So sorry for a great loss of such a great man father grandfather. ❤️

Thomas F. Bulger

Bob Holmes was one of the kindest and funniest individuals I ever met. I was first introduced to him by my brother Steve, who was one of his regular customers. I found out afterwards when I had been in the hospital for months that he came to the hospital and cut my hair for free, as a favor to my brother and mother. I never forgot that. I was his loyal customer for years after, and I always enjoyed my visits at the Razor Inn. Bob was not only wise, but he had a great understanding of "doing unto others as you would have done to yourself." I will miss him enormously. I still recall his love of the outdoors, his love of his mother, and his love of Chestertown.

In the book by Stephen Covey, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," the author states that the true measure of an individual is the legacy they leave behind. Bob was both effective, and left behind a wonderful legacy.

May he rest in peace.

Tom Bulger

Fred and Doreen DeWald

We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He expertly cut my locks for over 55 years and those of my family. He was always upbeat, good for a laugh, and good conversation over the years. A great barber and great friend. A real gentleman who will be missed and remembered by all his regulars. Our sincerest condolences to the family.

Bill & Doris Armstrong

We are so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. Bill was devastated to hear about Bob's passing. He is going to miss not only his barber of over 50 years but a dear friend.

James & Mary Sebast

We were so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He had been in our prayers and thoughts as soon as we heard he was ill. He was Jim's long time barber and someone that we always looked forward to seeing at the Elks Lodge. Our sympathies and continued prayers go out to the Rene and her family.

Barry and Angela Moll

We are so sorry for your loss. God bless you all at this time and may he give you strength to get through this.

George and Robin Kretzler

We are very sorry for your loss, he will be missed. George would go to the shop every three weeks for a cut and a chat even if he really didn’t need a trim. I will miss seeing him out side with his dog taking a break from cutting hair. Our best memory of Bob was last summer when he and Rene stopped by the camp. Sending healing thoughts to his family. He will forever live in your heart.

Jamie Salamida

My deepest sympathy to the Holmes family,
Bob and I met when he first came to us to shoot darts at the I.B.S . Since that day we grew closer each week. He was a great guy who loved to shoot darts. We always had a great time on Tuesday nights . The league and myself won’t be the same without him. He will be deeply missed by all !! May he Rest In Peace!

John Comanzo

Shelley and Family,
I just found out Bob passed away. I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was my barber for 30+ years and he gave my son his first haircut. Bob was a great friend to me, he will truly be missed. My condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time.

Terry and Dorothy Hazel

Rene - I am so sad for you and your family's loss. A great man. Kind, generous and always there to lend a hand or conversation. I will forever remember our time together. I don't think we will ever stop missing him. God bless you and your family. Robert: RIP. See you on the other side.

John Buchanan

Rene my condolences to you and your family. He will me missed by many people his heart touched. Especially myself and son Chris he was a great friend to be around. God bless RIP My friend.

Doug and Marty Suker

Doug and I send our heartfelt condolences to all of Bob's family. We truly felt that we were members of his very large "family". We were all "related" through his humor and his genuine concern for everyone he met. Bob has been a part of our lives for well over 30 years and as difficult as it is for us to accept his passing, we can only imagine the sadness of his immediate family. He was one of a kind. May he rest in peace.

Marty and Doug

Rick Kilmer

Rene, I’m so sorry to hear about Bob. I truly loved him and will miss him always.

Mike Alverson

My condolences to the Holmes family. Bob and I spent a lot of Monday evenings (at darts) chatting about "old stuff" from Chestertown and Brant Lake. lm going to miss him. RIP Bob.

Mary Beth and John Ryan

Condolences to you, René and your family! We hope you find peace in knowing that so many people loved Bob and you had so many friends! We enjoyed your company several times at the Elks and wish we knew him better! God bless you!

Keith Morse

I am so very sorry Renee. All I can say is may God keep the kindest and most generous man I knew.

Jeanne & Ray Zanta

So sorry for your loss.

Brian Smith

I was heartbroken when my Mom called me yesterday to tell me the news about your Dad. He was a wonderful man who I always looked forward to seeing when he was cutting my hair for the last 45 years. Whenever I came back to Albany, he was always my first stop. There was never a doubt who would give my son Connor his first haircut. My family and I will keep you and your entire family in our prayers. May Bob Rest In Peace.
Brian Smith

Ben Mastrianni Jr

I lost a friend, not just a barber. Bob was a wonderful trusting man. My condolences to the family.

Joan Zalewski

Accept my condolences on the passing of Bob. Meeting him many years ago, introduced by my husband, Ron, was a wonderful experience and friendship.

Marilyn Gower

My sincere sympathy to Bob’s family. Bob was a terrific guy. My husband went to him for many many years. Bob even came to our house to cut my husband’s hair when he was home in hospice. He and my husband Don shared many fishing stories and jokes. I’m sure he will be missed by his family. My thoughts and prayers to all of them.

Rebecca Sutton

Renee, Shelley, Robbie, Danny and family I was deeply saddened when I heard of Roberts passing. He was such a kind funny man who always even when I was a child took time to chat with me at reunions. I loved the year he took us to a swimming hole and my Dad and brother have fond memories of fishing together. My Mom shared many fond childhood memories of times with her cousin. Some people touch your heart and he was one of them. May he Rest In Peace
Rebecca Sutton Heath, Rick, and Kaeleigh

Andy Zalewski - Pleasanton, California

Rene, Shelley, Robbie and Dan; I was so very sorry to hear about Bob's passing. My mom (Joan) called me today with the sad news. I met Mr. Holmes over 50 years ago when he was working in the shop on Wolf Road and still recall his kindness the first time he gave me a "Princeton" haircut. He was a great friend to my dad (Ron) and they went on many fishing adventures together years ago. I was lucky enough to join them on few of those fishing outings and I always appreciated Bob's kindness and patience. In his later years my dad would reminisce about fishing trips in the past and we'd often talk about the outings with Bob. I am honored and blessed to have known Bob. My condolences to you and your family.

Denis and Joan Ryder

Our hearts go out to Rene and the Holmes family. Bob was one of the good ones. May he rest in peace.

Pat and Melissa (Adams) Loughan

To the family of Bobby Holmes,

Pat and I send our condolences and thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time...
Bob will be missed at our annual Adams family reunion and we will cherish the fun memories over the years! Bobby was always a pleasure to chat with and had such a genuine, wonderful smile!
We will keep him in our hearts as well as his beautiful family!

Love and God Bless,
Pat and Melissa (Adams) Loughan

John F. Carroll

Rest in peace Bob you will be missed by all. I will never forget the good times we have had together you were the best.

James R Nichols Jr

To the Holmes family, I’m so sorry for your loss.

Pat Davis

Dear Shelley, I was so shocked to read in the paper about your dad's passing. You and your Mom and family are in my prayers. Bob will be remembered in our Mass on Sunday, February 14. I called Joan and we reflected on his fishing with Ron and their long-time friendship and now being together. I'll never forget Bob and how much I enjoyed our time together as I sat in his barber chair. I truly love him.
The Flying Nun

Joe and Jeana Laniewski

So very sorry for your loss, we are deeply saddened. I always enjoyed Bob’s stories at the barbershop, and especially enjoyed hunting camp with him. He will be missed, but not forgotten.

Jonathan and Linda Adams

Rene, Shelley, Bobbie, Danny and Karen, We are so deeply sorry for the loss of a wonderful kind hearted and full of fun man as Robert. He will be forever in our hearts and will always be remembered with that beautiful smile on his face.
Love and Prayers
John and Linda

Angelo Cafaro

I am so sad to hear the news of Bob’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. He was just a great guy and was always so upbeat, he cut my hair from the time he opened. I can actually say because of Bob I would look forward to getting my haircut, RIP Bob, you will surely be missed.

Alice L. Dellea Gerow

I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to Renee and family. Bobby will be greatly missed and will always hold a special place within our hearts. He sure did love to hear but also could tell a good story or joke. I have so many fond memories from our childhood and family reunions that brings a smile to my face and heart. Wishing you all strength, comfort and love at this most difficult time.

Bill Kelley

Shelley, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. For the 49 years I visited the shop, I never left without a good laugh thanks to your Dad's appreciation of a good story. He will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Take care and God bless through this difficult time.

Ralph Commisso

To the Family of Robert Holmes ll,
my sincere condolences go out to all of you and prayers coming your way. As a member of the West Albany Italian Benevolent Society, and former member of the IBS dart League, where I first met Bob, I will always cherish the many conversations we had and shared many moments of laughter. He was loved by all from our dart League, he was a constant figure, who would share guidance on life and family. He will be missed forever. May he rest in peace.
Ralph Commisso

Dianne J Iarossi

Bob will be missed by many, as I will miss getting my hair cut and styled monthly by him. He was always a gentleman, and fun to talk with. May he rest in peace, and bless his family. My sincere sympathy to all of you!

Frank Commisso

My sincere and deepest condolences to the Holmes family. Bobbie and I met many years ago at the WAIBS dart league. We developed an instant friendship and enjoyed each others company and , conversations. I am heartbroken and very sad for his loss. To the Holmes family please be strong as my prayers go out to all you.

Frank M. Commisso


I'm so sorry to see another Adams cousin pass away. I loved all members of the family from the day I married into the clan. Hope your faith and love for each of you will sustain you through this tough time just as Nate loved so I love you

Doug Wait

Rene, My deepest sympathy to you and your family on Bob's passing.
I will always remember Bob as a well respected and brother Elk.

Tom Bortle

Roy, Deb, Shelly and family, my sincere condolences on the passing of Bob, my barber from 1975 to 2012, I always enjoyed sharing stories of whatever was happening in our lives every time I sat in his barber chair. He had a great sense of humor and genuinely cared about others. He will be dearly missed. RIP Bob, take a little off the top please...

Jeana & John Osterholt

Rene, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We thought of Bob as family and he will be missed greatly. Bob was a special friend always helping others and cheering up everyone in the room with him. Knowing him was a gift. RIP dear Bob.

Mary and Rich Crawford

There are not any words that I could say to help ease the pain of Rene and his children and grandchildren. You are certainly in our thoughts and prayers. Bob was a very good man and he will be missed by many.

Bill & Susan Losert

Rene, our condolences to you and the family. Our hearts are heavy with sadness at the loss of such a wonderful person. He was always quick to make people feel welcomed and important. Our time knowing him, though cut short, was filled with many laughs. God take care of our friend Bob.

Roy and MaryBeth Dunn

Rene and family you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Bobby loved life and lived each day to the fullest. He made an impact on everyone he met. He may be physically gone, but he is with each of you in your memories and your Hearts. Remember the good times, his laugh and his love always.

Mary and Craig Masterson

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. He has touched so many lives. He was such a great and specially kind of guy. We loved him like family, he will be greatly missed. Our hearts are broke, but he will be our special angel above. Rip Bob we love you❤️