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William J. "Bill" Holloway

Obituary for William J. "Bill" Holloway

January 21, 1926 - March 24, 2018
Gloucester, Massachusetts | Age 92


William J. "Bill" Holloway, of Gloucester, died peacefully on March 24, 2018. Bill was born on a Quaker farm in Salem, Ohio, the third child of Jesse and Rhoda (Roberts) Holloway. He spent his formative years on the farm and looked back on them with fondness all his life. Bill's mother died when he was 15 months old and his father when he was 17 years old. A philanthropic neighbor helped Bill, a keen student, go to Case Western Reserve University, from which he graduated with a degree in chemical engineering. He enlisted in the army as an engineer during World War II but was discharged due to a misdiagnosis of lung disease.

Bill married Catherine "Kate" (Walcott) of Akron, Ohio in 1948 and they enjoyed 69 years of matrimony and adventure. Bill and Kate had three children: William "Billy," Amy, and Jill. After working as a plant manager in Akron and Louisville, Kentucky, Bill took a job in Leominster running Borden Chemical. He and Kate moved their young family to Leominster, where Bill was active in the Unitarian Universalist church and was president of the Chamber of Commerce. An entrepreneur at heart, Bill later founded Wiltec, Inc., a plastics company that he owned and operated for 34 years.

Bill lived with passion and great energy. He was constantly curious and would try nearly anything that caught his interest, from sailing and playing tennis to becoming a pilot and flying his family to sites around New England. He loved travelling and, with Kate, saw much of the world. From visiting Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Australian Outback to exploring the catacombs of Malta and the peaks of the Canadian Rockies, he and Kate lived their golden years in style. One of his great achievements was designing and building a passive solar home in Rindge, New Hampshire, where he and Kate spent many happy years with the entire family. Later, they bought a beach cottage in Gloucester which they also loved sharing with family and friends. They made beautiful Gloucester their final retirement home, and Bill enjoyed his last years in that community. Bill relished coordinating the Cape Ann Bridge Club, where he and Kate made many friends.

A lifelong learner, Bill never stopped exploring. In addition to bridge, he loved playing chess and was an avid reader. "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding (Prov. 4:7). His daily readings included his favorite Greek philosopher, Epictetus, and passages in the Celebrate Recovery devotional. Those who knew Bill will remember his kindness, interest in others, sharp wit, and easy way of conversing.

He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Catherine, his two daughters, Amy Dean (and her husband, Richard), and Jill Holloway; his daughter-in-law, Diane Holloway; his grandchildren Christopher Brody, Matthew Holloway (and his fiancée Emily), Ken Holloway (and his wife Nicole), Joslyn Haineswood (and her husband, Timothy), Jerry Ullman (and his fiancée, Kristle), and Michael Ullman, his two step grandchildren Natasha and Dominique; and his three great-granddaughters, Isadora, Abigail and Emmeline; as well as by his nieces and nephews and their families, and his step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many friends.

He was predeceased by his two sisters, Sarah and Myra, and his only son, Billy.

Bill's Funeral Service will in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St. Gloucester on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Addison Gilbert Hospital, Seacoast Nursing & Rehab Center, or the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library. Each contributed significantly to his quality of life in Gloucester.

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