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80 East Main Street, Clinton, CT

OBITUARY

Harold K. Dolan

11 November, 192914 June, 2020

Harold “Hal” Dolan of Clinton Connecticut died peacefully on June 14, 2020. He passed at the Connecticut Hospice of Branford after a brief illness. He was the loving husband to JoAnn Dolan and father of four children. Hal was born in New Britain Connecticut November 11, 1929 the son of Jean Caillouette Dolan and Harold “Dooly” Dolan. Hal lived a very full and productive life. As a teen he enlisted in the Marines and served in active duty as well as in the reserves. He served during the Korean War while being stationed in the Philippines. He attended the University of Connecticut on GI bill and obtained degree in Business Administration. After marrying JoAnn in 1952 and the birth of the first three children they moved to their farmhouse in Clinton in 1962. It is here they raised their children Kim, Tracey, Chris and Scott. Hal and the family adopted numerous farm animals and had many pets and ultimately started the Dolan Tree Farm.

Never ones to remain idol, Hal and JoAnn were active members of the community. Hal volunteered to run Clinton’s Park and Recreations Department. He was a founding member of the Clinton Touchdown Club. In his later years, he was a vocal member of the Water Pollution Control Committee and advocated for adopting more aggressive clean water and sustainable waste treatment. Hal had a successful business career as a senior manager at the Eyelet Specialty Company and its successor Risdon in Wallingford. His work took him throughout the United States and around the world with much time spent in Germany.

Hal and JoAnn were also Charter members of the Clinton Country Club. They shared a love for their morning swims at the Valley Shore YMCA where they had many friends. It was a rare day that Hal missed his swim and the regular stretching classes. He leaves an extraordinary legacy of military service, community service, career, family and friendship. Hal is survived by daughters Kim Dolan, Tracey Pavlacka, son Chris and his spouse Marlene Dolan and son Scott Dolan. He was blessed with grandchildren and great grandchildren, including Jason, Taylor, Melissa, Lyndsay, Jon, Bennett and his great grand-sons Colton and Caden. A celebration of Hal’s life will be held at future date when we can come together safely. It was Hal’s hope any good will gestures be directed in the form of donations to the Clinton Historical Society and/or the Adam Stanton House.

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Brad May

July 28, 2020

Condolences from Brad May. Long time friends. Left Clinton in 1991.

Marj Andrews

July 27, 2020

I worked for Harry many years ago at Eyelet Specialty. He believed in me and “pushed” me further than I ever thought possible; he was my mentor. He made a positive difference in my life

I visited their farm; met Joanne, selected Christmas trees and enjoyed many a fine Bloody Mary.
Thank you Harry; you are missed

Marj

Wade Thomas

July 21, 2020

My condolences to you all - Hal will be greatly missed!

I had the good fortune of meeting Hal when we were retained by the WPCA to conduct site subsurface investigations for wastewater disposal. Hal would come out to the site rain or shine, hot or cold (after his morning workout) and observe and ask very intelligent questions. He had a very keen intellect and interest and there was never a doubt he had the best interest of the town in his heart. We also shared interest as fans of UConn basketball and he would send e-mails during the season. I will miss Hal dearly.

Peter Hull

July 1, 2020

So sorry to hear of your dad's passsing. I have many fond memories of talking to your dad, including trips to Block Island with the Cow Hill Yacht Club - Once summer I got sunburned feet and Hal was busting my chops - had never seen sunburned feet. The next day, he got sunburned feet too and had to wear socks for a couple of days! Everyone got a good laugh out of that! I would always see him at the Y too. Always remembered me and we had some nice chats over the years. Your dad (and mom) were some of the great people I remember from growing up in Clinton. He will be missed, but not forgotten!

Jane Scully Welch

June 26, 2020

Hal will be missed.... but I truly believe that he is with JoAnn and he is happy again. Those two were a force to be reckoned with.... and weren’t they something! Hal once told me he could not understand how JoAnn and I became friends... we were so different politically. When I ran for office... he put two signs in his yard... one him... one for JoAnn!
They both are gone from this earth and our lives but gosh.... aren’t we lucky we knew them...

James"Mike" McArdle

June 24, 2020

I first met Harry when we both worked for Eyelet Specialty in 1959 and in the many years that followed we got a lot done and had a lot of fun together including our many trips to Europe, one trip to Germany with too many suitcases,a wild trip to the Bahamas with our wives, and a lobster party ,best forgotten, in Sandwich.After Eyelet and Risdon we solved many problems as consultants and enjoyed annual Christmas lunches with our friends from the Eyelet days.I had my last lunch with him in December and my last conversation with him the night before Hospice. Harry was a warm,smart, accomplished man and I am proud to say my friend for the past 60 years.

Anselmo Delia

June 23, 2020

I join in the sadness for his loss but celebrate his life well lived. Hal was one of the nicest and kindest men I ever met and a treasure to his Clinton community. May he Rest In Peace.

Joan Threlkeld

June 23, 2020

I first met Hal (for some reason he was called Harry by everyone at Eyelet Specialty) in 1968 when I began working at Eyelet. Having known and worked with him off and on for more than 50 years, I can honestly say he was well-respected in the business world and one of the finest people I know. He was a mentor to me. I also got to know JoAnn over the years and what a fine couple they were together. I do believe they are together again now.
My sympathies go out to the Dolan family at this time. I'm sure there must be many good memories for you all to share.

Dave Brown

June 23, 2020

I knew Hal from our time spent together volunteering for the Valley Shore YMCA Golf Classic fundraising tournament for probably 15 years. I also saw Hal and JoAnn on a regular basis while exercising at The Y. I will miss my conversations with Hal in the locker room and our Golf Committee meetings. He was always the gentleman and had kind words for all. I am sure that Hal and Joann are now reunited and looking down and smiling upon us. Rest in peace my friend!

Kim Langley

June 23, 2020

I began to work for Joann and Hal about 10 years ago. Both such wonderful, giving, loving people. Our 'working relationship' very quickly turned to a truly, genuine friendship. The 3 of us had many laughs, shared many stories, and created our own stories as time went on. I have missed Joann everyday since she left, and now, I will miss Hal everyday. The day before Hal passed, he thanked me. But I thanked him right back, for feeling blessed to have him and Joann a part of my life. Its comforting to know that Hal is back with Joann now, as he has missed her everyday as well. They both will live forever in my heart.❤

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