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Paul Esten Hollenbach III

  • On May 26, 2019
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Paul Esten Hollenbach III

On May 25, 2019 the party came to an end for Paul Esten Hollenbach III – AKA Chewy.  Paul was born on December 29, 1976 in Washington Hospital, the son of Pamela Cullen Blanck and the late Paul Esten Hollenbach, Jr. “Bugsy.”

Paul graduated from Canon McMillan High School in 1996 and service in the PA Army National Guard.

On August 13, 2011, Paul married Sandy Young- finally giving in after she chased him around for 20 years.  Together they created a modern day Brady Bunch by joining children Kelsey, Jocelyn and Mason and Jacqueline then adding Paul Esten Hollenbach IV and Camryn Grace Hollenbach to the brood.  Since then, Paul had also been blessed with 2 grandsons, Jude Michael and Reagan Kye

He last worked for Alex E. Paris Contracting as a truck driver and was a Union Steward for United Steelworkers Heavy Highway Union 14693.  Both Alex Paris and the Union were instrumental in helping the family during Paul’s battle.

On February 15, 2018, Paul began his battle with stomach cancer and it was one hell of a ride! From choosing the strongest chemotherapy available to having his stomach completely removed in June, there was never a doubt that cancer had met it’s match! Bake sales and spaghetti benefit dinners mixed with chemotherapy treatments and hospital trips sprinkled with precious time with family and friends, every day was filled to the brim, but every step of the way, Paul was able to meet all of the adversity with a smile on his face and the fight of a Wookie in his veins.  Unfortunately strong decisions, good times, laughter and lots of love aren’t enough to stop cancer and on March 21, 2019, Paul was informed that his cancer had returned and was terminal.

The bucket list began shortly after with Paul’s first- and only, good citation from the Virginia Fish and Game commission which he received for the 50 lb striped bass that he caught during a fishing trip with friends.  Then Paul talked a few cousins into jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.  A trip of North Carolina and then a deep sea fishing adventure in Daytona rounded out the bottom of the bucket.  His final days were spent the way he wanted them, surrounded by the family and friends that he loved the most, laughing and telling stories about old times and good times, reassuring that he had lived his life to the fullest with no regrets.

Besides being an avid fisherman and master baiter, Paul also enjoyed hunting, playing cards, shooting pool, listening to all music, watching Steelers and the Penguins, Miller Lite and bonfires.  He considered himself The Godfather of euchre though most of his friends would beg to differ.  He was “the” master gourmet chef especially on the barbecue, hosting some of the best 4th of July parties and the best “family” dinner of all – Mumbo Gumbo.  He was always the life of the party with his larger than life personality, big teddy bear belly and heartwarming, light up a room smile.  Quick with a joke or to light up your smoke, Paul was known for being someone you could count on when times got tough.  He was a loyal friend, a loving father and a devoted family man.

In addition to his mom, wife, children and grandchildren, Paul is survived by his sister, Carrie (Darren) Cook, nieces, Calli, Natalee and Emma. Step-father Ed Blanck, maternal grandmother Mary Louise Thompson; also survived by many Aunts, Uncles, Great Aunts, Great Uncles, cousins and extended family and lifelong friends.

A special thanks to Steven Bing who stood by Paul’s side for 35 years and helped his family throughout his final moments.

Preceding him to heaven in addition to his father are paternal grandparents Paul and Rose Hollenbach and maternal grandfathers David Cullen and Ralph Thompson.

Family and friends are welcome Friday, May 31, 2019 from 2-8 pm and Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 9 until service at 12 pm. at Pittsburgh Cremation & Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at PittsburghCremation.com.

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41 Comments

Jason Wheeler
  • May 26 2019
Rest easy my friend! May god watch over you and your entire family. The Wheeler Family
Marysue
  • May 26 2019
Rest now, Paul. I never had the honor of meeting you, but, you have very obviously been a very loved and loving man. I know Carrie. She will carry on that love, as will your wife and children. You have taught many, even those whom you never met, how to really live!
Arlene Griffith
  • May 26 2019
Paul was one of the good guys. A great father and husband and friend. God Bless you Paul. You will forever be missed. Arlene
Terri Blue
  • May 26 2019
Rest Easy Paul, But get the party started.... cya when we get there!! Sandy, Carrie & families, my prayers are limitless, and my love infinite.
Sandy
  • May 26 2019
My love for you will never end. I'll see you when I get there. And all those other angels you've flirting with better go on to the next guy when I get there. 😉 never goodbye ♥️
Heidi
  • May 26 2019
This is the most beautiful obit I have ever read. Every word truly captures exactly who Paul was. Everything I want to say has already been said....so I'll just I love you Big Daddy....until we meet again
Heather Habovick
  • May 26 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss of paul I use to work with him at giant eagle in McMurray and then I come to find out that we use to live in glen canon together he was a great guy RIP Paul you will be sadly missed Heather Habovick(Groves)
Sue Vincenti
  • May 26 2019
You are a beautiful example of love for family, life, and strength! Thank you for your light!
Marie Denny
  • May 26 2019
Rest with God my dear friend you were an amazing friend and person i know without a doubt you are in heaven a guardian angel watching over Sandy and the kids your battle is over. No more pain or sickness. Much love always!!!
Ed
  • May 26 2019
My condolences,may GOD bless Paul and welcome him into his Kingdom
Kimberly Merigo
  • May 26 2019
Paul. Rest in peace little cousin. I will miss you dearly!!
Lana Thompson & Lindsay Leader family
  • May 26 2019
Our families sincere condolances to Pam , Carrie & entire family . RIP Paul & party in Heaven
Lana
  • May 26 2019
Our sincere condolences to Pam ,Carrie & Paul’s family . I remember him as a young boy & teen . Beautiful & heartfelt obit. RIP 💕🙏 Lana Thompson Family & Lindsay Leader & family
Curt and Stush Dillie
  • May 26 2019
Rest in peace Paul, prayers are sent to your family
Robin farmer
  • May 26 2019
Are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family we are sorry for you loss .We love you your cousin Sandee Hess and family
Nicholas Chris Kapelonis
  • May 26 2019
Memory Eternal Paul, you will never be forgotten my friend
Christy
  • May 26 2019
Sandy and family, so sorry for your loss.
Deanna
  • May 26 2019
What an obituary!! What a life you had with your fabulous wife & kids & what a support system you had with all of your friendships you made along the way & what a life that will be missed now that you are gone..rest easy paul💛🙏💛🙏
Ron
  • May 26 2019
Rest easy Paul,I'll never forget our chats at work!
Carrie Cook
  • May 26 2019
Oh little brother where to begin? This is not goodbye but see you in time. Things down here will be ok for us, but when united we will feast and drink, tell the stories and more! I love you (you’re probably tired of hearing it by now)! But knowing your out of pain is helping more than anything! #fightlikeawookie
Alisa McGant
  • May 26 2019
So glad to have known you. You are the perfect example of a true fighter. God got you now. Prayers of peace for the family.
S. Perkins-Carrington
  • May 26 2019
Peace Be with your family and say hi to my Mom Ms. Loretta Perkins!
Raven Brooke
  • May 26 2019
May the gentle passage of time and precious memories help ease the pain of your loss. He will always be with all of you. Sending much love and light to you all
Mark Mace
  • May 26 2019
R.I.P. Paul my union brother you will be missed by all of us here at USW Local 14693.
Steve Cunningham
  • May 26 2019
My only regret is that i didn't meet you sooner. I will never forget you or the times that we did spend hanging out. You fought the fight my man and you owned it. Rest easy my friend , until we meet again.............
Tiffany Chambers
  • May 26 2019
You are one that will never be forgotten old friend! I wish I would have ran into you more often than not as we became adults. The big guy got a good one when he called for you...♥️
Willis
  • May 26 2019
Man , what can I say you and your family were like my family. We all hit it off great. You took me in as a brother and I you. Sandy plz know you are all in my thoughts and prayers and I’m here if you need me.
Mark Kobuchi
  • May 26 2019
Whomever wrote this obituary hit every single point perfect! (Beautifully written) Paul was a beast among men as far as I'm concerned when it cam to this battle. He never lost his spirit or himself. He left this world on his terms and there is no doubt that he will be remembered by so many that his name will ring on throughout the area for centuries to come. Rest with God Paul. No pain...only peace to you now.
Kelly Farquharson
  • May 27 2019
What a beautiful tribute to a life well-lived. I'm glad to have known you, Paul and I'm glad you're no longer in pain. May your memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved you.
Kim Daugherty
  • May 27 2019
So sorry for your loss prayers for his family n kids,Paul was a great person n dad
Mark LaBarbera
  • May 28 2019
I'm standing in Steel Mill right now crying my eyes out.. my deepest condolences to all who love him!
Jeff and Anita Paris
  • May 28 2019
What a beautiful obituary! We are so very sorry for your loss. May God bless you all.
joni roskowski
  • May 28 2019
Rest easy now Paul. The memories will live on forever. So many good times we had all running around the neighborhood as kids, and the walks to and from middle school. We are all better off having had the you as our friend! Your courage and strength is something we can all only hope for.
Karen Koontz
  • May 28 2019
I am so sorry for you and your family you have my deepest condolences. Prayers!
Melanie Ward
  • May 28 2019
To the Hollenbach families and devoted friends, Paul was an AMAZING YOUNG MAN that I had the pleasure of meeting when we moved to Murdock Street in 1988. He was my son Jeremys first best friend and a wonderful part of our family. My heart breaks for you all....I know what a wonderful man he was and what a beautiful soul he shared with all that truly knew and loved him. R.I.P. sweet Paul. You are loved by us💕🌷
Lee Martin
  • May 28 2019
Rest easy in Valhalla brother you earned it. #foughtlikeawookie
Theresa lloyd fowler
  • May 29 2019
Gosh it seems like a life time ago since I’ve seen you, we went to school together our whole lives n then lost touch when I moved to Florida. I wish we could have met back up since I’ve been back home but seems like life always gets in the way n we all become to busy with our lives. I will see you again one day my friend!! Rest easy! Theresa lloyd fowler
Millie Romeo
  • May 29 2019
Sincere condolences to Pam and family.
Russ and Crissy Sabol
  • May 30 2019
Please accept our warmest condolences to your family. And to my union brother Paul, I will miss you but will never forget you. I will treasure every memory forever. Thank you for everything you ever taught me about trucks because you ARE the one and only SUPER TRUCKER ! We were one hell of a team on this contract for our union brothers. It was my joy and pleasure to work side by side with you to do our best for everyone. Godspeed Brother — see you when I see you. #FightLikeAWookie
Jessica Lynch
  • May 31 2019
Rest easy, Paul. Prayers of comfort and amazing memories to your family and friends.
Karla
  • May 31 2019
Rest easy Paul!! You will be missed my many. Sorry we are unable to make it. Karla & Nathan Embery
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