Ger­ald Hol­loway re­mem­bered as warm and kind

Baltimore Sun - - DEADLY BUS CRASH - By Kevin Rec­tor and Car­rie Wells krec­tor@balt­sun.com

Ger­ald Hol­loway had been a main­te­nance em­ployee at For­est Haven Nurs­ing and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in Ca­tonsville for about four years.

Hol­loway was al­ways on time, nurs­ing home ad­min­is­tra­tor Ron Col­bert said. So when he didn’t show up Tues­day, staff mem­bers be­came con­cerned.

“It was cer­tainly un­like him,” Col­bert said. “We were look­ing for him.”

The staff soon heard from Hol­loway’s fam­ily and friends that he was among the vic­tims of the Fred­er­ick Av­enue bus crash. Hol­loway, of the Pen Lucy neigh­bor­hood of Bal­ti­more, was 51.

“We’re a tight-knit group of peo­ple. We’re in the car­ing busi­ness,” Col­bert said. “Ev­ery­one is tak­ing it pretty hard, but we’re get­ting through it.

The staff gath­ered to re­mem­ber Hol­loway on Wed­nes­day, Col­bert said.

“I can tell you Ger­ald touched ev­ery em­ployee and ev­ery pa­tient,” Col­bert said. “He was cer­tainly some­one that knew ev­ery­one in the fa­cil­ity. He was warm. He was kind. He was com­pas­sion­ate. The staff and the pa­tients alike loved Ger­ald.” Col­bert said co-work­ers from ev­ery unit in the nurs­ing home had sto­ries to share of Hol­loway go­ing out of his way to help them, whether it fit his job de­scrip­tion or not.

“Ger­ald was al­ways will­ing to help,” Col­bert said. “We spend a good part of our day to­gether as em­ploy­ees. It’s like a fam­ily. We’ve just lost a fam­ily member.”

Nurs­ing as­sis­tant Denise Grant said Hol­loway would help with laun­dry and serv­ing meals to res­i­dents. “Mind you, he’s a floor tech,” Grant said. “But if he saw a res­i­dent who hadn’t been fed yet, he’d feed Hol­loway them. ... He didn’t even work in laun­dry, but he’d pull the carts.”

Keyon Davis, who worked with Hol­loway for four years, stopped by a memo­rial that had sprung up for the bus crash vic­tims on Fred­er­ick Av­enue on Wed­nes­day to pay his re­spects.

Davis said Hol­loway was a pri­vate per­son and de­voted to his fam­ily, but funny and friendly to his co-work­ers.

“He was al­ways on time, al­ways pre­pared, he comes on days when he doesn’t have to come in, just be­cause he liked to work,” Davis said.

“I feel bad for his fam­ily, I feel bad for every­body’s fam­ily. I’m try­ing to get over it my­self.”

Hol­loway would of­ten talk about his fam­ily, Davis said.

“He was a quiet guy,” Davis said. “You had to get to know him. And once you did get to know him, it would be like, this guy’s awe­some.

“I want to make sure he’s not for­got­ten.”

Ter­rance Casey was a vol­un­teer min­is­ter at Restora­tion Com­mu­nity Church and Min­istries in East Bal­ti­more.

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