Services planned for popular Tenderloin man
Linda Thomas (center) is consoled by friends following the death
of her husband, Monty "Skateboard" Holmes. Holmes, who
lost his legs in a train accident when he was 5, was killed in
a crosswalk by a mail truck, Tuesday.
By Brent Begin
April 26, 2007
The family of a popular San Francisco figure, Monty "Skateboard"
Holmes, was shocked to learn recently that he had died while rolling
across a busy street South of Market.
Holmes, 48, made his home on the streets of the Tenderloin District
and oftentimes made the trek to AT&T Park to panhandle among
baseball fans. Having lost his legs in a train accident when he
was five years old, Holmes got around on a skateboard, pushing
with his arms.
According to his family, he's moved around that way for over
"He got around, especially well for someone on a skateboard,"
said his daughter Monica Holmes. "He took care of me and
my little sister. He raised us and he did really well for a handicapped
The U.S. Postal Service semi-truck that killed Holmes was traveling
northbound on Third Street and was making a right turn on Townsend
Street when the collision occurred, according to police Sgt. Neville
Emergency personnel were called to the intersection at about
According to Gittens, the driver stopped after the incident and
police have not filed any charges. Gittens said Holmes was in
the crosswalk when he was hit.
His grandmother said she learned of his death today.
"I want people to understand that he was a great guy,"
said Pearlean Holmes, who added that despite living on the streets,
her son kept his spirits high. "He was happy. He would drink
but he would quit every once in a while and it didn't make him
a mean man."
He was very well known, and he had a lot of friends, she added.
He also had three brothers in southern California. The family
expects those friends to come together to remember him next week.
Donations for services can be sent to the Fuller Funeral Home
in Oakland where friends and family plan to gather next Wednesday.
The services are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
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