John D. Dolan

September 16, 1934December 22, 2013
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John David Dolan, Sr., AKA Johnny Good Guy, 79, of Hillsboro Beach, FL died December 22, 2013. John was born in the house his father was born in on Wooster Street in Bethel, CT, the youngest child to Bernard J. Dolan, Sr. and Geraldine McCarthy Dolan both of whom predeceased him. Growing up they summered at their home, Seven Oaks, Bell Island, Rowayton, CT where he made lifelong friends. John attended Fairfield College Preparatory School, Fairfield, CT and graduated from Delbarton School in Morristown, NJ. He was most proud of his attendance and graduation from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN and was a tremendous supporter of all things Fighting Irish. Friendships formed at school were life-long as well.

John was married to the former Sheila Coyle of Danbury, CT. They celebrated their lives together with their children, family and friends at their welcoming homes in Bethel, CT, Candlewood Trails New Milford, CT and Hillsboro Beach, FL. John joined his brothers at The Bernard J Dolan Company, Dolan Construction and Dolan Realty, at the time the town's largest commercial and industrial enterprises, which were founded in 1885 by his grandfather Patrick Dolan and expanded by his father Bernard Sr. John engineered the ability to exchange concrete mixer units with oil tank units on truck chassis allowing a truck to remain on the road with the same driver but delivering different products: this resulted in savings in capital equipment and truck maintenance and provided drivers with year round work.

Civic/Professional/Fraternal/Charitable involvement included but not limited to: Bethel's Special Gifts Committee Chairman for the American Cancer Crusade, Director Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association (now Connecticut Energy Marketers Association [CEMA]), Trustee of The Banking Center, President of Immaculate High School Parents Club, St Mary School Board Member, Volunteer for Boy Scouts, American Cancer Society, Bethel Visiting Nurse Fund Raising efforts, Chairman Governor’s Day Danbury State Fair, Bethel Library Board of Directors, Bethel Chamber of Commerce President, Bethel Lions Club member, Danbury Chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross, President Danbury Rotary, President YMCA Board of Directors, 4th Degree Honorary Knights of Columbus.

His children Deirdre Dolan Nesline (David), Geraldine Dolan Brady (Chuck), Maura Dolan McCarthy (John), John Dolan, Jr. (Stephanie), grandchildren Kiely, Brianna, Grace, Megan, Amanda, Alanna, John III and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends he considered family survive him. John was also predeceased by his brothers Bernard J. Jr., John’s twin James P. Dolan and sisters Natalie Dolan, Diana Dolan Shaffer and Geraldine Dolan. His sister Corinne Dolan Carroll resides in Pompano Beach, FL. Our family is so grateful to John's caregivers: Donna, Marlin and Vivia.

John has been best described as a kind, generous, thoughtful, honest man of integrity. His favorite pastime was anything involving family, friends and fun! He was most proud of his family, their accomplishments and the town of Bethel, CT. The Delbarton School newspaper, The Courier said “He received the name ‘Bethel’ because he is always defending some wonderful point about his home town, Bethel, CT”. NO ONE could make a chocolate chip cookie to compare with his! He exemplified faith, hope, love, loyalty at all costs, honesty and inclusiveness.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at St. Mary Church, 26 Dodgingtown Rd., Bethel. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Bethel. Friends will be received on Friday from 4pm to 7pm at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury.

In lieu of flowers we are asking for donations to the following organizations referencing John D Dolan’s name: School Sisters of Notre Dame Retirement Fund, Mission Advancement Office, 345 Belden Hill Rd, Wilton, CT 06897 (the order teaches at St Mary School, Bethel, CT), The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation, JOHN DOLAN DONATION, Lockbox #1352, PO Box 8500, Philadelphia, PA 19178. Should you prefer to use a credit card, you can visit online at or you can reach the Office of Donor Relations, during the hours of 8:30 to 5:00, Monday through Friday at 267-426-5332 to make a gift over the phone. Please be sure when making a gift reference John D. Dolan’s name.


  • Visitation Friday, January 17, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, January 18, 2014

John D. Dolan

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Robert Morey

January 30, 2014

John was a great guy and a true gentleman. I remember sharing a laugh with him when I opened a real estate office in the old homestead about the legendary "car in the living room" story. I was in the line at the wake when I received a call that my mother was ill, and I ended up having to leave to bring her to the hospital before I could pay my respects in person. I'm very sorry for your loss.

January 20, 2014

Dear Sheila and family, I just read about John's passing. I am deeply saddened and send my deepest condolences to you and the family. My dad thought the world of John and considered him his best friend. He was such a kind, generous and mild mannered man. I am sure him and Pete are having a little bit of a good time right now. May God bless you all at this difficult time.
Doreen Pastorok

Sydney Tedrick Lloyd

January 18, 2014

My deepest sympathies to all of the Dolan family. You are in my thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort.

Sean Maloney

January 18, 2014

Our thought and prayers are with you. I hadn't seen John in a long time, but my only memories of him are fond ones.
Sean and Jen Maloney

Michael Banfield

January 17, 2014

I had such a good visit with John at David and Diedre's place in Florida. We watched the opening of the 2010 Olympics and drove out into the reserve and found panther tracks. John's quiet comfort with himself, his family and the world was an inspiration for all of us that inevitably reach the end of a live lived well.

Bob Maloney

January 17, 2014

I did not know John well but I knew him well enough to know him as a true gentleman. My favorite JD quote that I still use all the time- "I don't need a drop cloth. I'm a professional"...

Lisa Warzecha

January 16, 2014

John and Steph,
My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Sending you thoughts & prayers.
Lisa Warzecha

Tom Raabe

January 16, 2014

Prayers for the soul of John and the comfort of the Holy Spirit for his family and friends. As a fellow Knight, I admired and respected John. As a fellow Catholic, I felt the grace of God in him. He will be missed for now, but I'm confident we will gather together again at the throne of the Lamb.

Mike Gothers

January 16, 2014

John, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please accept our deepest sympathies for you loss. The Gothers Family

Pamela Ghirardi

January 16, 2014

Dear Sheila and family, my prayers are with you and your family on the loss of a wonderful man. He will be remembered for the many kind things he did for the people he has touched over the years. God Bless