Long time chapter member Ed Holm passed on Tuesday night July 8, 2008. You might remember EdEd "Homer" Holm for his Sherlock Holmes hat or his cigar that stunk up the locker room or his ancient NIHOA crest that was shrunken to the size of a matchbook. If you did not know Ed, you missed out on a classic “old timer”. He will be missed by many and there will never be another “Homer”.

His long time friend, John DeCarlo, has been kind enough to share his thoughts about Ed.

Thank you John!

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SHINE YOUR LIGHT (ON HOMER) 7/11/08

I KNOW THE TIME HAS COME
WE MAY NOT HAVE THE CHANCE
TO SAY OUR GOODBYE
LIFE NOW IS JUST A GLANCE

IF IT WASN’T FOR THE FROZEN ICE
WHAT WOULD HE HAVE BEEN
A PLACE TO PLAY, A PLACE TO GROW
JUST A PERFECT PASS YOU WOULD SEND

IT’S SAD TO LOOSE A FRIEND
SAD TO SAY GOODBYE FOREVER
NOW ONLY A PAST MEMORY
FROM SOMEONE WHO WAS SO CLEVER

GOD, SHINE YOUR LIGHT
THROUGH DAY OR NIGHT
SHINE YOUR LIGHT
LET IT SHINE EVER SO BRIGHT

I WISH IT COULD BE DIFFERENT
BUT REALITY IS IN LIFE
IT SOMETIMES JABS YOU
STABS YOU LIKE A KNIFE

JAGED EDGES, ROUGH AND SOMETIMES VOULGER
HARD TO THE CORE, SOFT TO THE HEART
A FRIEND WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM US
HE WAS UNIQUE FROM THE START

GOD, SHINE YOUR LIGHT
THROUGH DAY OR NIGHT
SHINE YOUR LIGHT
LET IT SHINE EVER SO BRIGHT

SHINE YOUR LIGHT ON EDDIE
LET IT SHINE BRIGHT
THROUGH DAY AND NIGHT
HAVE THE LIGHT READY

A CHEER FOR HOMER
A TOAST FOR THE MAN
SOMETIMES WAS SO HARD
TO JUST UNDERSTAND

GOD, SHINE YOUR LIGHT
THROUGH DAY OR NIGHT
SHINE YOUR LIGHT
LET IT SHINE EVER SO BRIGHT

DON’T FORGET TO TAP
HOCKEY STICK ON THE ICE
HOW IT WOULD BE NICE
LIKE TIPPIN’ YOUR CAP

ONCE AGAIN FOR OUR FRIEND
SOME WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND
SO HARD TO TAP IT AGAIN
HARD TO BELIEVE, HARD TO WITHSTAND

GOD, SHINE YOUR LIGHT
THROUGH DAY OR NIGHT
SHINE YOUR LIGHT
LET IT SHINE EVER SO BRIGHT

For Ed Holm

7-11-08

SORRY I COULD NOT BE THERE MORE
I WISH YOU HAD IT IN YOU
TO JUST WANT TO STAY
BUT IN REALITY, HAD TO BE YOUR WAY
NO ONE COULD CHANGE WHAT YOU DO

SORRY I COULD NOT BE THERE MORE
IT WAS SO HARD TO BARE
SEEING YOU WAS PAINFUL
THE SIGHT MADE ME SORE

GOD, WHY ARE WE
SO MUCH IN DENIAL
SOMETIMES WE ACT SENILE
CAN’T GET AWAY OR BE FREE

SORRY I COULD NOT BE THERE MORE
IT WAS SO HARD TO BARE
SEEING YOU WAS PAINFUL
THE SIGHT MADE ME SORE

ANOTHER ONE COULDN’T ESCAPE
OR WAS THE BOTTLE THE WAY
IF YOU DIDN’T DRINK FROM IT
WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN HERE TO STAY

SORRY I COULD NOT BE THERE MORE
IT WAS SO HARD TO BARE
SEEING YOU WAS PAINFUL
THE SIGHT MADE ME SORE

SO HARD TO SEE YOU STEP ONTO THE ICE
IT WAS LIKE A FALLEN VETERAN
FROM THE TORN REPROCUSSION OF WAR
IN ATLATIC CITY YOU ROLED THE DICE

SORRY I COULD NOT BE THERE MORE
IT WAS SO HARD TO BARE
SEEING YOU WAS PAINFUL
THE SIGHT MADE ME SORE

“I COULDN’T HOLD BACK THE TEARS THAT CAME TO MY EYES”

The man I first met, scared me. I didn’t want to be near him at all. He was, by far, way to arrogant, obnoxious and demoralizing. I first met Ed Holm when I was 17, he was maybe 19 himself. I tried to stay away from him, and when we chose up sides on Friday night hockey I was always hoping I would not have to play with him. He was just to intimidating to be out on the ice with.

Then one night I was stuck on his team, when I missed one of his passes, he would certainly let you know (that you sucked). He was just so competitive and in his own way trying to be perfect.

Then something happened, I guess we connected, then he accepted me, although still tough and obnoxious, he would try to help and teach, explain the:

“FACTS OF LIFE OF ICE HOCKEY ACORDING TO HOMER”
He was good, very good, but always strived to be better.

I knew Eddie for almost 40 years,

We officiated youth hockey games, did many tournaments together.

I’ll never forget the Nationals at Ice World in Totowa, when Pat Dapuzzo was the referee, Ed Holm and myself were the linesman. It was late in the game and I believe the Rockets, (coached by Paul Kramer) were playing Suffolk, (coached by Norm Ryder) and Homer from the blue line blew his whistle, called Pat Dapuzzo over, I skated in and Homer told Pat that he had to call a 5 minute major penalty on one of the Suffolk players for spearing, Pat Dapuzzo with fear in his eyes, looked at Homer and said, “Homer are you sure”, Homer in his arrogant way went on to say, “Pat if you don’t make the call, I will skate off of the ice”, Pat then had to go over to the Suffolk bench to explain the call:

One of the best officials quotes I ever remember when Norm Ryder yelled out to Pat Dapuzzo, “how can you make that call??”

“The HOMER MADE THE CALL” Pat said.

I officiated High School hockey with Homer for 25 years. We did many a game together, and Homer as arrogant and obnoxious as he can be, he was there in your defense when you were his friend and partner.

One night we were officiating at Clary Anderson rink in Montclair, when after the second period Homer and I were in the penalty box between periods when Homer went and grabbed a Father of one of the players that was trying to get at me, If Homer did not intercede it could have been a lot worse then what did transpire at the scene. The game was called the police came and took the Father into custody.

I also worked many years with the National Hockey league with Homer.

Homer was the official scorer, and he did the job with great pride. Eddie wasn’t good at it, he was great. When we traveled for Playoff games, Homer was my roommate most of the time.

I remember the trip to Toronto well. We debated to go or not to go to the Hall of Fame, well after debating for 1/2 hour or so it turned out I thought I gave someone else my keys. But in fact I didn’t. Then Homer and I went off and separated from the group, did some sightseeing, (he wanted to go to the special [go-go] bars in Toronto; I refused to drink, but Homer was just Homer). Then we walked across town to Maple Leaf Garden, only to find out that my truck was clear across town at the hall of fame, yeah Festa ended up giving me my keys back, Homer being Homer, said I’ll stay here, you can go get the truck yourself (after all, we did need our NHL outfits to work the game).

There was always a Homer story to tell. Like the time he drove his car up to a hockey tournament in Montreal, his car broke down, he knew it would cost to much money to repair, so what did Homer do. Yeah, he left in on the side of the major highway in Canada and went on with some teammates. Only HOMER.

Then we played golf with our former supervisor the late Dick Trimble. Homer was beating Dick for about $10 or so, when the last hole, Mr. Trimble saw there was water that would come to play on a long par 4 hole. So Dick, knowing Homer said to him “how about double or nothing”, Homer of course without hesitation, agreed. Yeah Mr. Trimble set the Homer up, Mr. Trimble first shot went not far but straight down the fairway, Homer took a longer shot to be ahead, then Mr. Trimble took a short shot to be short of the water hazard, then Homer tried, (as Mr. Trimble knew he would) to put it over the water. Well Homers second shot went “SPLASH”. We heard about that golf hole the entire trip.

Before the Devils games, there was Homer, watching Jeopardy on TV. He should have been on the show; he was really brilliant in his own way. He could have won on almost any given night.

Homer in his own way to “SAVE A DOLLAR OR TWO”

Homer built his own golf cart, after all he was an architect, and was proud to bring it up to High Mountain Golf Course, where Mr. Trimble was a Ranger.

I could remember Dick Trimble coming over and laughing at Homer about the cart. Well sure enough I think by hole 5 one wheel fell off. By hole 7 I think Homer was carrying the cart in his hands. It was such a funny sight. (I hope all the houses are still standing)

As much of a “ROYAL PAIN IN THE ASS HOMER WAS”

He was genuine, Friend and companion, we went away with the NHL, we went to hockey tournaments in Old Orchard Beach in Maine, we ate lobster, we went to Atlantic City on occasions. I will miss HOMER, he was truly a unique person, a trusted friend, and a life time person I knew and will never forget.

Thank you ‘HOMER” for accepting “ME AS A FRIEND OF YOURS”

I WILL MISS YOU, AND A PART OF YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART

LOVE YOU HOMER

REST IN PEACE

Your friend John DeCarlo