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Ralph Holloway Passes

Published: June 13, 2018 3:39 pm ET

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Ralph Lewis Holloway, WW II veteran, age 92, of Frankford, Del., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 5 after valiantly fighting Alzheimer’s disease for over 15 years.

Born in Selbyville, Delaware, Holloway resided in Frankford since his marriage to Eunice Holloway in 1948. Ralph graduated from Selbyville High School, Class of 1943, and from Goldey-Beacom College, located in Wilmington, Del.

Holloway was a Navigator Sergeant on the B-24 Liberator bomber for four years during World War II. After the war he worked locally as an enrolled agent in tax accounting, farmer and as a harness horseman.

Holloway's career in public service was extraordinary. It began when he was elected to the John M. Clayton School Board in 1966. He provided guidance to the board as the regional districts transitioned into the Indian River School District. He was a member of and an honourary fireman at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company, Station 76, for over 50 years. Ralph was elected to the Frankford Town Council and as mayor during the 1970s and ‘80s as the new Frankford water plant and sewer system were planned and built.

He provided leadership as well and was elected as the First Vice President of the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) and served for over 20 years.

Holloway was a member of Frankford United Methodist Church, a 32nd degree Mason at the Doric Lodge Number 30, Millville, Delaware and a Shriner at the Nur Shrine Temple in New Castle, Del.

He was perhaps best known as a consummate licensed Standardbred breeder, owner, trainer and race driver in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey for 45 years. He owned, developed and drove many popular harness horses on the local racing circuit that included: Lils Ace, Doctor Yorkwood, Stephen York, Neilly York, Tax Trick, Perky Lad, Off the Cuff, Cancelled, Best of Both, Pockets Secret, Call Me Dale and the Ocean Downs former track record holder in 1983, Convoy.

As a harness driver, he steered his way to hundreds of harness race victories at Ocean Downs, Georgetown Raceway, Rosecroft, Freestate, Harrington, Dover Downs, Brandywine and Liberty Bell Park

Holloway is survived by: his son John Holloway; brother, William Donald Holloway Selbyville; and six nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife of 65 years, Eunice P. Holloway in 2014.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday (June 13) at 12:30 p.m. at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 43 Thatcher Street, Frankford, Delaware, where friends may call after 11:30 a.m. Interment will be in Union Cemetery in Georgetown, Del.

Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the family and friends of Ralph Holloway.


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