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Green Party leader Bill Holloway of Texas passes away

(See funeral arrangements at bottom.)

Message from Kat Swift, Co-Chair Green Party of Texas:

January 10, 2009

The Green Party of Texas mourns the tragic loss of Bill Holloway. Bill was a dedicated leader who was currently serving as the
Co-Chair of the Travis County Green Party in Austin, TX.  He will be missed as a mentor and a friend.

Through his kind-hearted activism, Bill touched the lives of so many people.  He was an active Green Party contributor at the local, state and national levels.  Bill served on numerous committees in the Green Party and in other organizations as well.  

Bill Holloway passed away unexpectedly last weekend at his home in Austin, Texas…Our heart-felt condolences go out to all of Bill’s friends and family.  Bill was a very special person who will be sorely missed.

There will be a memorial service in Austin, TX, on Friday, January 16, and his funeral will be in Oklahoma City, OK, on Wednesday, January 14.

For the memorial, a book is being compiled for his parents.  If you would like to contribute, please write down a story or memory of Bill, with a photo if you have one and send it to Sondra by January 15th.  His family never met most
of his friends and, we suspect, had no idea of the difference he made in so many lives.  The book is being put together to let them know how many people were touched by and loved him.  If the photo and the text can be pasted onto one page, that would be ideal, but whatever people can contribute would be appreciated.

Whatever your beliefs, please keep Bill and his family and vast network of friends in your thoughts, prayers, and/or rituals.

In solidarity,

kat swift
Green Party of Texas
210.471.1791 – txt okay
kat at txgreens dot org

[Suggestion to send memorial page to the GP of Texas to pass on to Sondra if you do not have other contact info.-KW]

One of the projects Bill Holloway did was to be the point person for the Greens at Cindy Sheehan’s Camp Casey anti-war encampment. Over at Dee’s Dotes, they have some photos of Bill. The link with photo is: here.


From Sondra Sondregger: lonestarsondra at gmail dot com

Dear friends-

As requested, I wanted to share the details of the services being
held in Bill Holloway’s honor.  PLEASE distribute this to anyone you
think might want to come and pay their respects and remember Bill.
For those of you who have emailed me and heard little or nothing
back, my deepest apologies.  Be assured that I’ve been reading every
one of them!  If you can imagine how many friends Bill had, you can
imagine what my inbox looks like!

The funeral will be held in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, January 14th
at Hahn-Cook, Draper, and Street funeral home at 11am.
preliminary obituary, which includes funeral details, can be found
here: http://www.legacy.com/oklahoman/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory&
PersonID=122739972  There will be a more lengthy obituary in the
Oklahoma City paper tomorrow, as well as in the Austin paper.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held in Austin on Friday,
January 16th at 7pm.  It will be held at the home of Jim O’Brien,

another of Bill’s longtime friends, and it will be held in the same
fashion as Jim’s usual potlucks: please bring a dish to share, a
chair to sit in, and if you play one and want to contribute
musically, a musical instrument.  Several of Bill’s family members,
including Bill’s sister, Gentry, will be present and really look
forward to meeting all of his friends (I think they’re going to get
more than they bargained for, but I digress…)  PLEASE NOTE that
this will be outdoors, so please dress appropriately!

ANOTHER IMPORTANT NOTE: I am compiling a memory book of Bill’s life,
composed of stories and photos from his friends.  His family didn’t
know as much about Bill’s life in Austin as they would have liked
to, and I want them to know what his world was like and what a
difference he made to so many people here in Austin.   If you have a
favorite story about Bill or a reflection about his life, please
write or print it out to put in this book for his family.  If you
have a photo you can contribute to this, please do so!   Please
either email those to me, or bring them with you to the party on

The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations should
be made to the charity of your choice.

Sondra Sondregger

2 Responses

  1. This is so sad. Bill will be sorely missed.
    I miss him sorely already, and the feeling won’t go away.
    Love, Art

  2. Most are probably not aware of Bill’s contribution to the passenger rail advocacy community.

    Bill was the Texas Director for the Northern Flyer Alliance. Bill traveled frequently by train to visit his parents in Oklahoma. These travels no doubt served to stir an understanding that national transportation and energy policies needed dramatic change. He did more than speak about this need. He worked to see that the need became an issue in Texas and the nation.

    Bill frequently served our organization by issuing Open Records Requests to the Texas Legislature. He drafted letters in attempts to support our common cause, that of a passenger train linking Fort Worth with Kansas City through Oklahoma City and Wichita.

    I last saw Bill on Christmas Eve in Oklahoma City. We discussed plans for the upcoming year and the state of government in general. You never know when a visit with a friend will be your last.

    I am deeply saddened by Bill’s passing. It is indeed rare to find an individual such as Bill; an intelligent and deep thinker. Bill shared a genuine passion for his causes in this apathetic era.

    I offer my condolences to his family and friends. Please remember Bill in your thoughts and prayers.

    Evan Stair
    Vice President – Oklahoma
    Northern Flyer Alliance
    Norman, Oklahoma

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