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Harold J. Hollenbeck, teacher, coach
Jan. 3, 1921 -- March 26, 2006

Harold J. Hollenbeck of Oswego, a former Niagara University basketball player and longtime Gowanda teacher and basketball coach, died Sunday in St. Luke's Health Services, Oswego, after a long illness. He was 85.

Known to friends and family as "Holly," Mr. Hollenbeck was born and raised in Oswego and served in the Pacific with the Army's Signal Corps during World War II.

He played basketball for NU, where he received both his bachelor's and master's degrees.

In 1948, he moved to Gowanda, where he resided until moving back to Oswego last October.

In 34 years with the Gowanda Central Schools, he taught social studies and coached basketball and tennis. He was a former president of the Gowanda Teachers Association and the Cattaraugus County Teachers Association and served on the Gowanda Planning Board.

He loved sports, was a big Yankees fan and was known for his dancing ability and his singing.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Elizabeth Armstrong; a daughter, Mary S. Gilbert of Oswego; three sons, James J. of Jackson, Miss., George H. of Syracuse and John R. of East Lansing, Mich.; and 12 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Oswego. A local memorial service will be scheduled this summer. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Gowanda.

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