John R. “Jack” Hollowood

John R. “Jack” Hollowood, age 83, of Uniontown, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh with his loving family by his side. He was born February 26, 1940, in New Eagle, PA, son of the late Margaret Cook Seaman Hollowood and John Herbert Hollowood. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his brother, Herbert Gene Hollowood. Left to cherish Jack’s memory are his wife of 53 years, Mary Jo (Shoaf) Hollowood of Uniontown; daughter Sarah Jane Hollowood (Brad Simon) of Portland, OR; sister Margaret Ann Eckberg (John) of Los Angeles, CA; brother-in-law Robert Shoaf; niece Synthia Rozzo and her daughter Isabella; nephew Marc Rozzo (Tara); and countless lifetime friends who were so special to him. A 1958 graduate of Uniontown Senior High School, Jack went on to attend Chicago Technical College and the University of Pittsburgh. He worked as a draftsman at Rockwell Manufacturing Co., taught drafting at North Fayette Area Vo-Tech School, and owned and operated Mt. Vernon Motors for years. He was a race car driver in the past and an auto enthusiast forever. Jack was a member of Third Presbyterian Church. When he wasn’t helping out with their yard sales, you could find him at local flea markets and estate sales, the Carlisle Collector Car Flea Market, or at the annual Christmas at the Barn Sale in West Virginia. Jack will always be in our hearts as a cat lover, teacher, draftsman, antique aficionado, collector, flea market buyer and seller, master Christmas tree decorator, race car driver, mechanic and auto body fixer, basketball player, train hopper, endless note-maker, storyteller, prankster, early riser, diner breakfast-goer, salted peanut fanatic, ice cream and fried shrimp eater, high temps and ocean lover, jeans and work boot wearer, paper map user, fighter, caretaker, amazing father and husband, selfless friend, and a generally not-give-a-crap-what-anyone-thinks, one-of-a-kind guy to all who were fortunate enough to know him. Jack will be incredibly missed, but as he always said, we have to “keep on chuggin’.”


Thank you to the wonderful doctors and nurses at the Hillman Cancer Center, the compassionate doctors, nurses, and staff at Presbyterian and Montefiore Hospitals, and to his friends and family who spent time with him over his last days. He knew that he was loved.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERL HOME & CREMATORIES, INC, 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, PA, where friends will be received on Thursday February 8th from 2–4pm and 6–8pm, and on Friday February 9th from 10–11am. There will be a brief service celebrating Jack’s life at 11am with Pastor Patrick Ewing officiating, and interment will follow in Saint John Byzantine Cemetery in Hopwood. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at and on the funeral home’s Facebook page. To honor Jack, donations may be made in his name to UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Fixin’ Pets Cat Rescue, and Summit Mountain Early Iron Car Club.

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