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Floyd Holloway, Sr.

April 18, 1940

Floyd Holloway, Sr. Obituary

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Floyd Holloway Sr.

Floyd Holloway Sr. was born on April 18, 1940, to the late Grace Thigpen and the late William E. Holloway in New Bern, NC.  His journey home commenced on January 28, 2024.

Floyd believed in a life of service, which led him to enlist in the United States Army in June 1957; he served in the Military Police and was given Top Secret and Criptologic Security Clearances and was honorably discharged in June 1961, when he married the love of his life, Marjorie Hillery, and they settled in Brooklyn, New York’s Bushwick section. They later made the decision to move their family to Central Islip, Long Island, where they resided for many years as they raised their four children – Marilyn (deceased), Floyd Jr., Sheryl, and Nicole. After retiring, the couple moved with daughter Nicole to Chesterfield, VA, and ultimately to West Grove, PA.

In 1964, Floyd began the first step of his meteoric rise in the labor field:  he joined the New York City Transit Police Department as one of a handful of African-American officers new to the force, breaking the color barrier. He remained a loyal and committed member until his retirement in 1991.

Shortly after joining the Transit PD, Floyd became a member of the Transit Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, where he worked to improve the safety and wellness of police officers, and on numerous initiatives aimed at bettering communities and advancing the profession.  Rising to the position of PBA 1st Vice President, he served in numerous capacities overseeing and directing the union’s various activities.  However, he found his niche as the Legislative Chairman for the PBA, building a commanding brand and presence as the team’s lobbyist.  He then became a member of the Metropolitan Police Conference of New York State (Metro) Legislative Committee, rose to lead it, and ultimately chaired the Joint Legislative Committee of Metro and the Police Conference of New York (PCNY).  Upon retirement from active duty in 1990, Floyd formed a lobbying business, and represented numerous clients until his full retirement in 2007.  However, during his lobbying years, Metro had a name change, and Floyd then served as the Legislative Director/Chairman of the largest police organization in the state, the New York State Association of PBAs (NYSAP), representing more than 45,000 professional police officers.  When Floyd retired in 2007, NYSAP named him Legislative Director/Chairman Emeritus, and created the Floyd Holloway Distinguished Service Award, which has been presented over the ensuing years to key legislators and persons of distinction in the police labor field.  Floyd is still remembered in the halls of the Capitol and Legislative Office Buildings by those who were around when he commanded attention in those halls not only by the legislators, but, perhaps more importantly, by the legislative staff.  He was revered.

In addition to his paying clients, Floyd served selflessly for many years on a pro bono basis as Legislative Chairman for the New York State Public Employee Conference (NYSPEC), an umbrella organization that today boasts more than 90 unions and groups representing over one million active and retired public employees.  He was an integral part of the small team that achieved the monumental 9/11 Presumptive Disability Legislation, following a four year battle with the City of New York.  NYSPEC’s prevailing in that fight has helped, and continues to help, thousands of public employees and their families over the years.  He also served on the Executive Board as Area Vice President At-Large for the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), an umbrella group of police unions representing hundreds of thousands of professional law enforcement officers across the United States. He was a mentor to many in labor and legislative field.

Additionally, he served as a Member of the Advisory Board, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, and as a Member of the Advisory Board of the New York State Crime Victims Board.

On a more personal note, Floyd was a man who loved his family, friends and fellow officers. He never hesitated to lend a hand or offer his assistance to anyone in need; an attribute rooted in his Catholic faith.  His presence within the law enforcement community was embedded and his commitment to improving the lives of police officers and public employees unwavering.  Floyd was a model humanitarian, a provocative leader, a teacher, a humble servant, and cherished friend. He genuinely cared about others’ stories and experiences.  He was also a great cook who loved to play host to social gatherings, often tempting family and friends to gather on weekends for his prized barbecue and amazing “special” sauce. Floyd also loved listening to his favorite R&B oldies and singing.  It didn’t matter much who was around; his voice soared with passion and conviction; unafraid of judgment or restraint.

The legacy Floyd leaves behind is one of love, compassion, and the indelible mark he left on the lives of all who were fortunate enough to know him. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of his family, friends, and the communities he touched during his remarkable journey.

He will be deeply missed by his beloved spouse Marjorie, children, Floyd Jr. (Regina), Sheryl (Andre), and Nicole, and his grandsons Brandon, Marcus and Devin. And let us never forget Floyd and Marjorie’s daughter Marilyn and grandson Michael, who are both deceased. One of 20(!) children, Floyd also leaves behind nine sisters and brothers who join in this celebration of life, 11 deceased, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins. friends and colleagues.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:  NYC PBA Widows and Children's Fund http://nycpba.org, Feeding America http://give.feedingamerica.org,  or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital http://stjude.org

 

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Interment
Thursday
February 1, 2024

9:40 AM

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