Ask Mike Holmes who's the most influential man in his life, and he's bound to name his dad, Jim. When he was a young lad, he would shadow his father, "a jack of all trades, master of none," at the work site. He spent his childhood under his father's watchful eye, learning how to finish basements and rewire houses. He repeatedly gives his father credit for instilling in him the value of doing it right the first time, every time.
Mike's father died far too young, at the age of 55. “My dad went down to the basement one night, missed the top step, fell down the stairs and broke his neck,” he recalled somberly in a 2010 interview. Cheers to Mike's dad for being a great mentor to his son. Let it be a lesson for all dad... love your children enough to teach them well.