Gerald L. Nolan
September 2, 1937 – May 7, 2020
It is with great sadness that the family of Gerald (Jerry) L. Nolan announces his passing on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at the age of 82. He was a longtime resident of Old Lyme, CT.
Jerry was the seventh child born to the late William Henry and Harriet (Slaney) Nolan in Hartford, CT. His parents and siblings held a very special place in his heart. William, Robert, Thomas, Lois, Anne, and Helen (and her husband, John) have all predeceased their youngest brother.
After graduating from Hartford Public High School, he served honorably in the United States Coast Guard. Jerry received a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Connecticut State University, where he was actively involved as chancellor of his fraternity, Lambda Phi Alpha and also served as president of the Interfraternity Council. He also earned multiple graduate degrees from Fairfield University. A four decade long career in education began in New Britain and brought him to Salisbury, Groton, Ledyard, North Haven, and even Arizona. He began in the classroom and throughout his years, rose to the position of Superintendent of Schools. He honestly loved each opportunity he was provided. A favorite memory for him was the dedication of the library at Clintonville School in North Haven.
Jerry will be truly missed by his wife, Ellen, with whom he shared 55 years of love, laughter, and friendship. He was cherished by his children; daughter Leanne and her husband, Edward Kerrigan of Old Lyme, daughter Suzanne Nolan of Waterford, and son Gerald Patrick Nolan of Deerfield Beach, Florida. He was a loving grandfather to his three grandchildren, Timothy Kerrigan of New York City, New York, Aidan Kerrigan of Old Lyme, and Chelsea Nolan of Old Lyme. Friends were a very important part of Jerry’s life. Friends became family and were by his side as he navigated the most challenging part of his life with grace. His sense of humor and loyalty to family and friends was always evident.
A life-long sports enthusiast, Jerry never tired of sporting events, whether he was in the game, coaching his children, or watching his children and grandchildren play. He was instrumental in forming the New Britain Mar-Parks Men’s Fastpitch Softball team and managed the Fall River Indians of MA, Interstate Batterymen of Worcester, MA and the Raybestos Cardinals of Stratford. Raybestos won the National Championship in 1976 and Jerry realized one of his childhood dreams. He was inducted into the Connecticut Softball Hall of Fame in 1988.
The family wishes to thank the compassionate care team at L&M Hospital and Madison House, especially those who went out of their way to provide love and support to Jerry and to us during the last two months. Nidia Montalvo is an angel and we will be forever grateful to her. A funeral for Jerry will take place at a later date when family and friends can gather to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Project Paws, The Tim Buckley Project www.timbuckleyproject.org (P.O. Box 266 in Old Lyme, CT 06371) or the Alzheimer’s Foundation.
Please visit www.fultontherouxoldlyme.com for tributes and updated service information.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Gerald L. Nolan
May 21, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. My father was a member of the Marconi Club in New Britain and he had introduced me to Jerry after a Mar-Parks softball game at Chesley Park. So, although I had really only met him once, it was very significant to me because he had become the husband of my Kindergarten teacher. Back in 1963 I attended Smith School in New Britain and I can still remember my first day of school like it had just occurred yesterday. I was very nervous about starting school but I do remember that my teacher came across as very warm and caring. My worries seemed to vanish instantly and by the time she called my name I confidently stated “Here I am Miss Mooney.” Although I can’t remember much else from that year, I do know that she was my favorite teacher at Smith School. They say that everything important in life is learned in Kindergarten, well Miss Mooney certainly prepared me well to succeed in life.
After graduating from New Britain High School, I went to Central Connecticut State University where I majored in Business Administration. I also met my wife Vita at college, who was an Elementary Education major. Later in her career she actually had the opportunity to work at Smith School for five years. I worked for The Hartford Insurance Company for 38 years and recently retired. We had two sons together and now have two young grandsons that we adore.
I’m sorry that it has taken me 57 years to say thank you to my favorite teacher. Well…"Here I am Mrs. Nolan"…. Thanks for being so kind and providing me with such wonderful memories. I pray for you and hope that you find courage, strength, hope and love at this very difficult time. May God Bless You and your family.
Best Wishes Always
May 19, 2020
Mr. Nolan was my favorite teacher at Washington Junior High School in New Britain in the late 1960's. I am happy to read he
lived a happy life. God bless you.
May 16, 2020
I first met Jerry when I rushed the Fraternity and he was the Chancellor. I remember thinking back then that he was the epitome to which all of our brothers should strive. His leadership and character were already evident and it’s no surprise to any of us that he would go on to the success he had in such a fruitful life. Godspeed Jerry, and to his family, our most heartfelt sympathies.
Kay and Bob Lindgren
Ann/ Walter Kopycinski
May 16, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to all the Nolans! We have shared so many great times. Nothing will take those memories from us. Gerry's battle is now over. May he RIP!
May 15, 2020
Dear Ellen and family,
I had the pleasure to work with Jerry when he was an interim principal at Ridge Road Elementary School. We worked together in the office. Jerry always had loving stories of his family and his past experiences. Jerry was a true gentleman. I feel so lucky to have worked with him and call him my friend.
Rest In Peace
May 15, 2020
To Jerry's Family,
I had the good fortune to work with Jerry in Ledyard, a long time ago in the mid 1980's. It was a short stop in my work career, but one that certainly had a positive impact on me. I was in my mid-20's, green behind the ears and a sponge for knowledge.
I can't count the number of times that I have told "Jerry Nolan" stories through the years. All instructional and all that would bring a smile to my face. I have "quoted" Jerry often in my career.
One of my favorites is when Jerry offered me advice on the three things that could screw up my (or anyone else's) career. I have been certain to avoid all three. I remember them well (although they are not appropriate for publication).
I hope that as time goes on, your sadness will be filled with warm and happy memories. That is how I will remember Jerry
May 15, 2020
Dear Ellen and family. I had the wonderful opportunity to work side by side with Jerry when he served as interim Superintendent in North Haven. He was one of the kindest men I’ve ever known When he left North Haven he bought me the most beautiful hydrangea plant which I have planted in my yard and every time I look at it I think of my friend Jerry. May he Rest In Peace!
May 15, 2020
Dear Family of Jerry
I had the pleasure of working with Jerry (as a parent volunteer) when he was an interim principal for Ridge Road Elementary School in North Haven. A few years later, I worked with him when he was an interim for the super intendant of North Haven Public Schools. He always spoke of his family with such love (and laughter). He was so full of compassion but always had a joke ready on the side. I will treasure the memories of him forever.
Thank you for sharing him with us
God Bless you all
Cindy Jensen Donofrio
May 15, 2020
Mr. Nolan was a wonderful man. I have so many memories growing up and traveling with the softball teams and families. I still laugh when I think about the time he dropped my brother's stuffed animal out of the car window in Pennsylvania I think it was. Rest Easy Mr. Nolan. Say hi to my mom. ❤
May 14, 2020
Jerry was more than a friend, he was a brother. He will live forever in our memories and our hearts. Our tears are for what was and who was lost to this disease. Our love to Ellen and family and to all who called him friend. Carm and Judy
May 12, 2020
Jerry was a mentor and friend. I benefited greatly from his advice and attribute much of my success to his guidance. Rest In Peace Jerry.