James F. Holleran, 91, of 794 King St., Northumberland, formerly of 11 Dennis Lane, Bradford, passed away Wednesday (Nov. 25, 2015) at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
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Born Feb. 26, 1924, in Bradford he was the son of the late Francis L. and Ruth M. (Songer) Holleran.
Jim was a 1941 graduate of St. Bernard School, where he excelled in sports. He attended college in Waynesburg on a basketball scholarship. In March of 1946 he was drafted out of college and into the United States Army. He served in France and was honorably discharged in August of 1946
On Jan. 12, 1946 in St. Bernard Church with the Rev. Reilly officiating, he married Beatrice L. "Bea" (McGinnis) Holleran, who died July 18, 2013.
Mr. Holleran's career started at Bradford Milk Co., then City Creamery, Bradford Meats & Provisions and he retired from Whitehawk Beef.
He was a member of St. Bernard Church, the Knights of Columbus where he was a 4th Degree Knight, the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.
Jim coached basketball at St. Bernard School for over 20 years with Nunzio Marino and Donald Raabe. He along with Joe Bizzaro umpired the first Little League Baseball game played in the City of Bradford at the Mill Street playground.
Surviving are two daughters, Cheryl L. Copeland of Lancaster, Ohio, and Carol M. (Tom) Thomas of Northumberland; one son, James Michael (Donna) Holleran of Castalian Springs, Tenn., seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Aylward of Bradford; one brother, Richard (Jean) Holleran of Dewey, Ariz.; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one infant daughter, Mary Ellen; one grandson, Andrew J. Thomas; one sister, Nancy Sutherland; one brother, Thomas Holleran; one son-in-law, John Copeland; and one brother-in-law, William Aylward.
Family will be receiving friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, 372 E. Main St., Bradford, where a prayer service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at noon in St. Bernard Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorials if desired may be made to the
, 95 Main St., Bradford, PA 16701; or the Bradford Area Public Library, 67 W. Washington St. Bradford, PA 16701
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
372 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from Nov. 27 to Dec. 5, 2015