William J.L. Holloway

Born: Fri., Nov. 10, 1950
Died: Mon., Apr. 14, 2014


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Apr. 19, 2014
Location: Silas F. Richardson & Son, Inc.

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Apr. 19, 2014
Location: Funeral Home

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LEOMINSTER--- William J. L. Holloway, 63 years old, died Monday, April 14, 2014. He is survived by his three sons: Christopher Brody Holloway of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Matthew Holloway of Austin, TX, and Kenneth Holloway and his fiancée Nicole Boutsianis of Clinton; his parents William J. and Catherine (Walcott) Holloway of Gloucester, his two sisters Amy Dean of Kattskill Bay, NY and Jill Holloway of Providence, RI, and several nephews, a niece, and two great-nieces who all loved him very much. William was married to Sally Brody Holloway, Diane Clauson Holloway, and lived in partnership with Pat Shea.

Bill was born November 10, 1950 in Louisville, KY and had lived in the Leominster area for many years. He graduated from Leominster High School in 1968, where he acted in and staged many fight and stunt scenes in LHS productions. He traveled west to work as a stuntman between high school and college, graduating from Antioch College in 1972.

Bill marched to the beat of a different drummer. One of the best in his vocation as a set up and process technician in the field of plastic molding, Bill also pursued his avocation as a documentarian and filmmaker. His projects included: Go the Distance, which was shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Detroit Documentary Film Festival, and won Best Documentary in the NH Film Festival, and is now used for the training of physical therapists; Steam Trains Still Running: a History in Miniature, which captured the world of scale-model live steam trains; Super Bowl Dreams, which captured a year of small town Pop Warner football in Westminster, (all three documentaries have been shown on PBS stations around the country, including WGBH Boston); A Voyage to Arcturus, which was a 35 mm science fiction feature film Bill made while in college with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; Pecos Falls, his son Matt's feature film which, along with son Ken, Bill produced and worked on as Director of Photography; Ivanhoe, which was made with 10th grade classmates at Leominster High School and neighborhood kids and was highlighted in US Camera magazine for a national award from Kodak; Phantom of the Opera, made at Carter Junior High; and many creative short films and other projects made with family and friends since he was a boy. Bill was a creative and independent thinker who broke the mold and did things his own way.

Bill was also fixture on the sidelines of Oakmont Spartans football games for years, videotaping every play. He was a lifelong Patriots and Red Sox fan and he adored films from the Golden Age of Cinema. Bill's passion for cinema was second only to the love of his sons and his family. He will be dearly missed.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11 am in the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster. A calling hour will be held Saturday morning prior to the service from 10- 11 am in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

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Maribeth Conrad
   Posted Wed April 16, 2014
I am shocked and saddened by Bill's passing. My sympathy, thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones. We have been friends for many years. I will miss his crazy nighttime calls.

Barbara and Wayne Bowen
   Posted Thu April 17, 2014
Our condolences to the Holloway family for this precious life of a son, brother, father, uncle, friend-surely loved, surely missed. May you find comfort and healing through memories and love, and peace through God's grace.

Stephanie Cassano
   Posted Thu April 17, 2014
Dear Amy and Jill and family
I am so sorry to read of the passing of Billy.
May you have good memories and the warmth of your families to help at this time.
Peace to you all,

still up here at the farm..come for a visit sometime

   Posted Fri April 18, 2014
To all the Holloways I send my deepest sympathy. May you find comfort in your faith and prayers as I send along mine.

Daniel Fish
   Posted Tue September 09, 2014
Today, 9/09/14, I went on Facebook in hopes of connecting with old friends. I looked up Bill Holloway and to my very sad surprise I found this obituary. This makes me very sad. I am now retired and always hoped to drive to New England and look up Bill who I roomed with the first semester of my freshman year of college (Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio). Bill, or "BJ" as he was called then made a huge impression on me. I was in awe of his quick wit, humor, intellect and his delightful rebellious streak. We had a lot of fun; especially a trip out to LA in his 1949 Chrysler -- a wonderful story that is and one which would be worthy of one of Bill's films. I will never forget him and our young short time together. Dan Fish, Great Falls, Virginia

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