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Graphic World boss, Ron Hoolahan, passes away

Tuesday, 24 February 2009
By Print 21 Online Article

Sydney printing identity and long-time Mother’s Club member, Ron Hoolahan loses his battle with cancer.

The  62-year-old former Graphic World owner (pictured) died last night, 23 February after a long and private battle with the illness.

A well-known and popular industry stalwart, Hoolahan sold his business in one of the first industry consoliation moves, five years ago to Pacific Industries, which later became GEON. The company was eventually amalgamated with another GEON entity, Agency Printing, (formerly owned by Don Elliott) to become GEON Agency Graphic World. The merged company was closed down early last year.

Close friend Bob McMillan, former owner of McMillan Print, which was recently closed by Blue Star, said that he and fellow friends were all shocked by the news, as none were aware that Hoolahan was sick.

“He ran one of the best printing companies in Sydney,” McMillan said. “Graphic World was a good company and he was very well-respected.”

For the past 15 years, Hoolahan was a member of an exclusive printing industry owners association, commonly referred to as the Mother’s Club, meeting each month to discuss matters of importance in the industry over long, lively lunches.

“In the 25 years that I knew him, he always attended the Mother’s Club,” McMillan recounted.

He said that Hoolahan would be remembered for his dedication to family and business. “Ron was a great family guy and a businessman printer, not a printer businessman,” he said. “He ran Graphic World like a business.”

Ron Hoolahan’s funeral will be held on Thursday at 2.30pm at Maquarie Park. Please contact son-in-law, Frank Hochbaum, on 0410 321107 for any further details.

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