In 1973, Hollinger, a gentle and amiable person, always in for a laugh, became chief executive of former auction Bloemenveiling Eelde. 1996 marked the foundation of Veiling Oost Nederland (VON) where Hollinger served as director until 2006.
Over the years, Hollinger developed a soft spot for the ornamental horticulture industry, in particular in his own region where he served as a president of the horticultural business network Greenport.
In Israel, the people of Nes Ammin, a Christian community in the northern district of Israel, in the Western Galilee region were shocked by news of Ferry’s sudden death. ”Ferry Hollinger was well-known volunteer here in Nes Ammim. We – volunteers and employees – are very shocked by this news. Ferry came here for years (including this summer), most of the time together with his wife Frieda. Many of us knew him very well. He was a warm personality, an expert in agriculture and a man with great, great dedication. Although he was a man with an impressive career and great knowledge, Ferry always came to Nes Ammim to serve. Ferry was dedicated to the garden of Nes Ammim. He took care of the trees, flowers, irrigation system and more. He always made time for a chat with the volunteers and was known as a positive and encouraging personality in the community. Nes Ammim will absolutely miss Ferry. We wish Frieda and the family peace and strength these days and want them to know that they are in our prayers,” said a Nes Ammin spokesman.