Outgoing entrepreneur took risks, found success
An outgoing man who loved to golf, Jack Holloway saw a life-changing opportunity in 1964 and grabbed it.
“He put his house up for mortgage, started his own company and did great,” said Joan Jenkins of Knoxville, Tenn., his oldest daughter.
John J. Holloway, 86, of Mt. Lebanon, former owner and president of Holloway Supply Co. in the South Side, died on Saturday, March 30, 2013.
The Greensburg native worked long hours, but his personality made his window and door manufacturing company a success, Jenkins said.
“He never knew a stranger,” she said.
Richard B. Holloway of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said his father sold material to homebuilders throughout Western Pennsylvania.
“He worked from the ground up and built it himself,” he said. “He was outgoing, and that was his forte — selling.”
Their mother, Roberta, worked long hours with him, and despite their commitment to building the company, they attended school functions and even coached teams as they raised six children.
Mr. Holloway graduated from Greensburg High School in 1944 and served in the Navy in World War II. Roberta Billings Holloway, his wife of 63 years, said he was stationed on a ship that was among the first to land at Nagasaki after the United States dropped an atomic bomb there.
Mr. Holloway and others in the group toured Nagasaki on a truck with only handkerchiefs across their faces for protection, she said.
“That was one of the things we could never understand, how they survived that thing,” she said. “That was one of his claims to fame.”
The couple met when Holloway was one of 55 veterans who were the first men allowed to attend Seton Hill University, which until then had been a Catholic women's college.
In high school, Mr. Holloway took golf lessons from Milfred J. “Deke” Palmer, father of famed pro Arnold Palmer, Richard Holloway said. Mr. Holloway remained an avid golfer throughout his life and made three holes-in-one, his son said.
Besides his wife, son and daughter, survivors include three other daughters, Leslie Stevens of Troutdale, Va., Jill Kiselica of North Lima, Ohio, and Kristen Fogarty of Los Angeles; another son, Thomas J. Holloway of Mt. Lebanon; a sister, Betty Wilson of Zephyrhills, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in Laughlin Memorial Chapel, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. John Capistran Church, 1601 McMillan Road, Upper St. Clair, with entombment at Queen of Heaven Mausoleum.
The family asks that memorials be in the form of contributions to Alzheimer's Research, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or to Hospice Compassus, 811 Washington Ave., Carnegie, PA 15106.
Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Real estate union: Howard Hanna buys Langholz Wilson Ellis
- Undersized Beachum quietly excels at 1 of game’s pivotal positions
- Steelers notebook: Polamalu, Taylor unlikely to play, Harrison ‘ready’
- Pirates sign Corey Hart to 1-year deal
- Michigan State defensive coordinator a Pitt coaching candidate
- Pitt: Football coach hire comes 1st, athletic director 2nd
- Police gather in Ligonier for Perryopolis officer’s funeral
- Hotel building boom sweeps Pittsburgh region
- Man involved with crash with officer dies in Pittsburgh hospital
- Port Authority fires two bus drivers involved in rollover crash
- Penguins’ defensive depth proves valuable