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216 York Road
Warminster, PA 18974
Phone: (215) 675-2070
Fax: (215) 675-4320
George  Hollenden

George J. Hollenden

Friday, December 27th, 2019
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George J. Hollenden, 80 of Surfside Beach, SC died Thursday, December 27th , 2019.
George was a long-time resident of Warminster and Horsham, PA. He spent his retirement years in
golfing paradise, Surfside Beach, SC with his second wife Diane Hollenden (decease 2002). He was born
in Philadelphia and was the son of George and Jeannette Hollenden.
He was a graduate of Springfield High School Class of 1957 and Millersville State College 1961. George
was an avid athlete through high school and college and excelled at football and wrestling. He began his
teaching career at Upper Moreland High School as the Industrial Arts Teacher and would quickly lay the
foundation for Upper Moreland’s wrestling program in 1961 and continued his dedication to coaching for
19 years and teaching for over 30 years.
He was a “Friend of Bill’s” since January 28, 1977 and spent much of his adult life as a mentor and
sponsor to so many others in need.
He is survived by his children, Joseph Hollenden (deceased 2017) (Linda), James Hollenden and Patricia
Jones (Teri) and his seven grandchildren, Devon Hollenden, Nolan Hollenden, Aaron Hollenden, Seth
Hollenden, Samuel Hollenden, Kelly Griffin, Nicholas Griffin, two great grand-children, three step-
children, Todd Shoaff, Kevin Shoaff and Scott Shoaff and his long-time partner Kristie Griggs.
The family will receive relatives and friends for a Celebration of Life luncheon on Saturday, January 4th ,
2020 at The Willow Inn, 210 York Rd, Willow Grove, PA 19090 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
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    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
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    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    The Willow Inn 210 York Rd. Willow Grove , Pa. 19090 Celebration of Life

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Karl Frederick

Posted at 11:37am
We all celebrated George because he was an exceptional person whom we all had special and unique relationships with. I would like to share some of my thoughts with you - I knew George as a teacher, a coach, and a friend.
As a teacher, he had a presence that commanded respect as he shared his knowledge about drafting and printing. To this day I still remember a good bit about scale ratio, one or two-point perspective drawings; offset, gravure and platen printing. He found a way to make things interesting so that you wanted to learn and do well. In fact, he piqued my interest in industrial technology so much that I foresaw myself returning to Upper Moreland one day to teach. He even spent an entire day traveling to Millersville University (Millersville State College then) with my dad and I to meet with the wrestling coach and tour the campus. He enjoyed that day visiting his alma mater, and I enjoyed that day because I spent it with two men whom I respected, and that had such large influence in my life. I used the knowledge I learned in a 30+ year successful career.
As a coach, George had thirty, forty, or more young men to shape into some sort of wrestling team each year. He found a way to mold a variety of individual skills and interests into a successful team every year. He created Bears Inc., complete with a share of stock of ownership that bonded everyone together – he ensured we were all working towards the same goal. George was a large part of the local wrestling community and was respected by many – I don’t think the other coaches looked forward to competing against the Golden Bear wrestling team. George found a way to get the best out of every one of his wrestlers. He took a few with limited skills and big hearts, and made them into championship wrestlers, forever impacting their lives in a positive way.
As a friend, he helped me learn and mature every day. Few knew this, but during the summers I worked side-by-side with George and Bud DeLaurentis, another man who had a strong influence in my life. Bud had a remodeling / construction business, and during that time, we built quite a few small additions onto people’s homes. Typically, it was just the three of us each day (unless Sandra needed Anthony out of the house and Bud brought him to work. 😊) George had a great sense of humor and had a lot of nick names for me on the job. Most of the time it was “Reds” (back when I had hair), but on days when footers needed to be dug, it was “Backhoe”, days a steel I-beam was delivered and needed to be lifted, it was “Tow Truck”. And occasionally, when I screwed something up, it was even “Sh*t head”, in jest of course!
The common thread I found between my teacher, my coach and my friend is that he always treated me with respect and found teachable moments every day. I would be willing to bet everyone that knows George can say the same.
KW

Kathy Wilz

Posted at 05:49pm
Even the “Bearettes” loved Uncle George! Thanks for all you did for UM wrestling! Love and prayers to you! Kathy and Rob Wilz

Phil Hunt

Posted at 08:51am
Great team builder and inspiration of BEARS, INC. wrestling. Always got the best out of our team personnel. Thanks for the inspiration, Coach. I'll be thinking of you today.
TW

Timothy West

Posted at 08:13pm
There is much to say about George. He was my coach and mentor. He taught me to demand more of myself to compete and win. I worked with George for four years as a teacher and coach. We shared much together and I appreciated every moment. Thank you George for being there for me. I will always remember you. You are Bears Inc.! RIP and play golf in heaven.
AB

Asher Banning

Posted at 05:42pm
George was a great coach and mentor. Rest in peace coach, will be missed Asher Banning
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