Gerald Holloway remembered as warm and kind
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.