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Pacific Beach – La Jolla Chapel

4710 Cass Street, San Diego, CA

OBITUARY

John Michael Nolan

November 14, 1985June 14, 2020
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John Michael Nolan was born on November 14, 1985 at UCSD Medical Center in San Diego. He passed away on June 14, 2020 at Palomar Medical Center in Poway, California after a long illness. John was baptized at St. Brigid Catholic Church in Pacific Beach, and spent much of his youth in the parish, attending religious education classes and receiving his sacraments of initiation there. He was an altar server and member of the youth choir under the direction of Jerry Witt, long-time director of music at St. Brigid, and John’s godfather. He became special friends with Monsignor Sean Murray, pastor at the time, and the parish housekeeper, Ann Sheehan, who for several years watched John during the Mass times when both his parents were serving as music ministers. John particularly enjoyed his years as a member of the Cub Scout pack and Boy Scout troop sponsored by St. Brigid, where he developed his love of the outdoors and sports under the watchful eye of generous volunteer leaders including Mike and Olga Miller, Tom Sweet, and Phil Barlow, among others. He attended elementary and middle schools in the Pacific Beach, Clairemont and University City communities, before enrolling at St. Augustine High School as a freshman. Uncontrolled migraine headaches prevented him from graduating from high school, but he earned his GED and began using his talents in the manual arts in jobs with a framing contractor, a plumber, and an asphalt contractor. Along the way he became the classic “jack of all trades,” taking great pride in his work in carpentry, electrical, welding, tiling, drywall, painting, and landscaping trades. Like his beloved grandfather, he was a gifted mechanic as well. John loved to sing, and found his happy place at Peter D’s, a karaoke bar in Clairemont, where he eventually took a part-time job as a security guard so he could sing while he worked, and vice versa. Ever the athlete, he joined bowling and pool leagues, and played in an adult men’s softball league. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 27 at 10 a.m. at St. Brigid Catholic Church, located at 4735 Cass Street in Pacific Beach. Attendance is limited to 90 due to Covid 19 restrictions, but the service will be livestreamed. Access the livestreaming link on the parish’s website, www.saintbrigidparish.org. Once the funeral Mass is over, the livestream will convert to one of the videos saved on St. Brigid Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/saintbrigidsd. A visitation will be held at Pacific Beach Mortuary, located at 4710 Cass Street, on Friday, June 26, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Both events require masks, which will not be provided. John was a man of quiet faith in God, with deep compassion for those struggling with pain or poverty. Anyone wishing to make a charitable donation in his memory are asked to consider: Father Joe’s Villages, providing shelter, medical care, and job training for the homeless (www.neighbor.org), and the San Diego Food Bank (www.sandiegofoodbank.org). John is survived by his son, Gabriel, and his parents, Bill and Jenny Nolan.

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Tamara Aburto-Pratt

July 4, 2020

John teaching Gabriel the art of billiards at Jazzy's, August 2018.

Tamara Aburto-Pratt

July 4, 2020

John playing with Gabriel, doggy Baby Girl, and Jazzy, August 2018 at Tammy's pool.

Tamara Aburto-Pratt

July 4, 2020

I have very fond memories of John singing on his Smule channel. I played his own voice for him many days when I'd visit him during his prolonged illness. I hope it touched him as much as it touched me. He was truly gifted with a beautiful, touching voice. Thankfully, the memory of his voice is preserved in his Smule recordings.

Tamara Aburto-Pratt

July 4, 2020

2013, attending Book of Mormon at San Diego Civic Center theater. With Jazzy and Tammy. We teased John how he was dressed appropriately for this play.

Tamara Aburto-Pratt

July 4, 2020

2012 summer. John singing Karaoke at Jazzy's.

Tamara Aburto-Pratt

July 4, 2020

2014 Thanksgiving weekend. Playing some video games at Tammy's with Jazzy and Gabriel.

Tamara Aburto-Pratt

July 4, 2020

John with girlfriend Jazzy Thanksgiving weekend 2013 visiting Jazzy's mom Tammy. John was always up for left-overs! (smile)

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3-4 months

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Mom & son

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3-4 months

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Mom & son

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Dad & son

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His favorite game when I was in the kitchen

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Godfather Jerry Witt holding John, age 1 month

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Grandma King & John, about 3 months

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I'd give him a wooden spoon & he'd bang to his heart's content!

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Welcome to the world! 11-14-85

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John & his best buddy, Grampa (Don King)