Mourning the death of John E. Dolan of Norwich, New York

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  • 01 / Feb / 2013
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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of John E. Dolan of Norwich,
New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to mourn publicly
cherished citizens of the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, It is with deep regret that this Legislative Body records the
passing of John E. Dolan, of Norwich, New York on December 3, 2012; and
WHEREAS, John E. Dolan, soldier, public servant, loving companion,
insurance salesman, wonderful husband and father, involved member of his
community, master story teller and generally great guy, passed away at
his Norwich, New York home on December 3, 2012, at the age of 93; and
WHEREAS, John E. Dolan was born on October 29, 1919, in Norwich to
John and Mary (Farrell) Dolan; he attended St. Paul's School and gradu-
ated from Norwich High School in 1937 where he had boxed and played
hockey and football; and
WHEREAS, John Dolan entered the military in 1943 after working at Bell
Aircraft in Buffalo and became a tail gunner on the B-29 "Daring Donna"
stationed in the Pacific on Tinian in the Mariana Islands; he completed
35 missions over Japan in the company of other brave young men who
remained meaningful to him throughout his life and was awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross; and
WHEREAS, On June 22, 1946, John Dolan married Dorothy A. Swertfager
with whom he shared over 50 years and for whom he lovingly cared in the
many years of her last illness; and
WHEREAS, Upon his return from the military, John E. Dolan became a
life insurance salesman for the Prudential Insurance Company; he worked
for the company for more than thirty years and also became an involved
and valued member of his community; and
WHEREAS, In 1966 he was elected Supervisor of Wards One, Two and Three
in Norwich; he served as a Supervisor until 1979 and, later, went on to
again serve as a Member of the Board of Supervisors for another 15
years, finally retiring from the Board in 1999; and
WHEREAS, In later years, John E. Dolan was a volunteer for Meals on
Wheels and loved skiing and golfing with his friends Dick Ellinwood and
Del Cook; and
WHEREAS, John E. Dolan believed in family, friends, faith, the under-
dog, and having a good time whenever possible; he found joy in every day
of his long and beautiful life and those who loved him are grateful for
the time they shared with him; and
WHEREAS, In addition to his parents, John E. Dolan was predeceased by
his wife, Dorothy, his siblings John F. Dolan, Anna Dolan Suplee, James
Dolan and Francis Dolan, and his beloved grandson Trevor Patrick Dolan;
WHEREAS, John E. Dolan is survived by his loving companion, Doris
Ferrara of Sidney, New York; his children Mary Pat Dolan and David
Kerness of Ithaca, John F. Dolan of Binghamton, Michael P. Dolan and
Connie A. Dolan of Londonderry, New Hampshire, Timothy and Jill Dolan
of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Thomas J. Dolan of Lexington, Kentucky,
Ann Dolan and Jim VanBuskirk of Norwich, New York, Mark and Sue Dolan of
Endwell, New York, Nancy D. and Steven Roder of Orchard Park, New York,
Christopher Dolan and Erin Kane of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, and
James and April Dolan of Syracuse; and
WHEREAS, He is also survived by his grandchildren Kristin Hathaway,
Brandon and Megan Dolan, Bryan Dolan and Kelley Dolan Genest, Jonathan
Dolan, Kate Wilkinson Lyons, Elaine Wilkinson and Jeffrey Wilkinson,
Leigh and Eric Dolan, Allison and Daniel Roder, and Madison and McKenzie
Dolan; and

WHEREAS, Over his meritorious life John E. Dolan distinguished himself
as a man of sincere dedication and substantial contribution; his legacy
will forever live on through his family and the many lives he touched
throughout his lifetime; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to pay
tribute to the memory of John E. Dolan, to celebrate his life, and to
honor his accomplishments; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of John E. Dolan.


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