John D. Holliday

Born: Thu., Jun. 6, 1946
Died: Sat., Oct. 17, 2015


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Oct. 20, 2015
Location: Stephen J Sherman Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Oct. 21, 2015
Location: Stephen J Sherman Funeral Home

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John D. Holliday, 69, of Hermitage, passed away on Saturday October 17th, 2015 at Sharon Regional Health System in Sharon, PA, following a brief illness.  

John was born on June 6th, 1946 to George W. and Mollie (Martinko) Holliday in Sharon, PA. He graduated from Sharon High School class of 1964 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University. John worked as a management consultant from 1999 to 2008 at JD Holliday & Associates, school director at the Precision Manufacturing Institute from 2008-2011, and most recently as a Project Manager for West Central Job Partnership. On October 19th, 2001 he married his wife Rita M. Kotzak, who survives at home.

He was President and CEO of the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce, managed the Shenango Valley Industrial Development Corporation from 1994 to 1999. John also served on the Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors, Penn State Shenango Campus Advisory Board, Hermitage Community & Economic Development Commission Board Member, MCAR Foundation Board, Past President , Board Member, United Way of Mercer County Past Director & Executive Committee, Penn Northwest Development Corporation as Director & Past Director, Mercer County Vo-Tech School Evaluation Task Force, Past Member. He received a letter of recognition for Economic Development presented by the Governor of Pennsylvania, was recognized by the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce with the Outstanding Service Award, and as an Outstanding Presenter by Leadership Shenango.

John is survived by his loving spouse Rita, daughter - Martina Holliday and her fianc√© Jerry Finnimore both of Sharon, PA; step daughter - Debora A. (Tom) Weldon Jr. of Lakewood, WA; 2 sisters - Georgianne Holliday of Hermitage, PA, Dolores Bianco of Hermitage, PA; sister in law - Bernice A. Medved of Tacoma, WA; brother in law - Leonard G. (Betty) Kotzak of Schenectady, NY;  special friends - Bill (Judy) Bateman, Eleanor O'Hare; 2 Grandchildren - Tom (Jereka) Weldon, Daniel Weldon; also several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by father, George W. Holliday, mother, Mollie Holliday, and brother in law, Rosario Bianco.

Friends may call Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Stephen J. Sherman Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 2201 Highland Rd. Hermitage, PA.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, 11:00 am at Stephen J. Sherman Funeral Home, Hermitage, PA, with Father Kevin Marks, officiating.
Interment will be at St. Rose Cemetery.  

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Strimbu Memorial Fund, St. Michaels Byzantine Catholic Church, or Sharon Regional Hospice, in memory of John.

Arrangements entrusted to the Stephen J. Sherman Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

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Jan Kennedy
   Posted Sun October 18, 2015
Georgianne, I am saddened to learn of the passing of your brother. Please
know that I am thinking of you during this difficult time. Please extend my
sincere sympathy to all your family.
Thoughts and prayers are with you

Michael Wright&Rosalyn Wright
   Posted Mon October 19, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to Rita and the family of our friend John. May God comfort you during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.

Brad Gosser
   Posted Mon October 19, 2015
To John's Family,

I am so very sorry to learn of John's passing. I have been a friend of John for many years and what I will miss most of John is his kindness. I never so John down or say anything but positive words. He was always uplifting and helpful and will be missed greatly in the community. May God Bless you in this difficult time!


Brad Gosser

Susan Hileman
   Posted Mon October 19, 2015
So very sorry to hear of John's passing. My sympathy to your family.

Vickie Palazzo
   Posted Tue October 20, 2015
Dear Martina,
My deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear father. I know this is a very difficult time and please know that you are in my prayers and thoughts. Love, Vickie

Mark Longietti
   Posted Tue October 20, 2015
Rita and family, Please accept my sincere sympathy and heartfelt prayers in John's passing. I will always remember his personal kindness and the good works that he did in our community. I am sorry that I am unable to be at the Calling Hours and Service as I am in Harrisburg. May God bless and comfort you. Mark Longietti.

Pam & Doug DiPreta
   Posted Mon October 26, 2015
Dear Rita and Family,

Pam and I were so saddened to hear about John's passing. The two of you were one of our favorite couples and are so glad we got to see you many times over the years. John and I (Doug) graduated together and were lifelong friends. We know he will be truly missed and our sincere sympathies
go out to you and the entire family.

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