(1958 – 2016)
With heavy hearts, the Reading Terminal Market Corporation shares the news that our long-time merchant Michael Holahan passed away suddenly on Wednesday evening after suffering a heart attack.
Michael and his wife Julie opened the Pennsylvania General Store in 1987, when the Market was struggling to survive and, since then, the Market has never looked back. Michael changed our understanding of what it meant to be a “Merchant” in the Reading Terminal and he came to personify the very term. Michael believed that when the Market’s Merchants worked together, the result was greater than the sum of the Merchants’ individual parts. Selling the freshest and best tasting food and operating the cleanest store at the Market was necessary but it was not enough for Michael. Being a Merchant meant spending hours to help organize and host events that the Market’s customers cherished; setting the standard for public markets worldwide; and then convincing generations of new Merchants to do the same thing. Behind the scenes, Michael mentored other Merchants and staff, and his guiding voice, generosity, and wisdom will be forever missed. Through his tireless and joyous efforts, Michael helped to make the Market one of America’s great civic institutions and a special place for millions of Philadelphians and residents in the Delaware Valley and beyond. Michael served as President of the Reading Terminal Market Merchants’ Association from 2007-2012 and as President emeritus until his death.
Michael is survived by his wife Julie, sons William and James, daughter Isabella, father Joseph Holahan, mother Marie Lauria, two brothers, a sister, and nine stepbrothers and sisters.
The visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, from 4-8pm at Gloria Dei Church, 570 Welsh Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA. Furthermore, a Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 10 AM at Gloria Dei Church. Please check the Wetzel Funeral Home website for charity and donation details.