John Edward Holgan Sr.
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John Edward Holgan, Sr.

Tallahassee - John Edward "Hogie" Holgan Sr., age 77, a loving husband, father and "Pepaw" to his grandchildren and great-grandchild, passed away on October 9, 2020 at his home in Tallahassee with his wife by his side. He was born in Long Island, New York, to parents Edward and Doris Holgan who both pre-deceased him. John served proudly as a medic in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. After his military service, John eventually became a store manager for Neisner's Department Store which ultimately brought him and his family to call Tallahassee home in 1974. After the store's closure, John found joy in self-employment, running his very own sandwich shop, aptly named Hogie's Hoagies, as well as All-Brite Cleaning Service. John loved riding his Harley Davidson and watching NASCAR, even dabbling in a bit of racing himself in his younger years. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed gardening, golfing, hunting and fishing - both freshwater and saltwater. He also enjoyed many indoor activities including billiards, bowling and darts - John was instrumental in starting the Tallahassee Darting Association to be enjoyed by many players over the years. More recently, John was ecstatic to have been able to make the trip to our nation's capital with other veterans as part of an Honor Flight. And of course, he loved his long neck Budweisers!

John is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Sharon Holgan; children John Holgan Jr. (Allison), Eddie Holgan (Frances) and Wendy Holgan; grandchildren John Ervin, Hannah Holgan, Kelly Ervin, AJ Holgan, Kaleb Beane, Kyleighann Beane, Jack Holgan and Charlie Holgan; and great-grandchild Ryder Jennings with another one on the way.

Memorial services will be held at the Tallahassee National Cemetery on Monday, October 26, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Masks required of all attendees. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice or NCA Cemetery Donations.

Breanna Green of Bevis Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements. (850-385-2193 or

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Published in Tallahassee Democrat from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18, 2020.
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Tallahassee National Cemetery
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