Resolution J361-2013

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



  • Feb 5, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 1, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


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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