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March 16, 2015
Dear Mr. Nollan :-)
Your picture here is exactly the way I will always remember you. I was somewhere around 11 - 15 when I would come to your house and play with whoever was around -- mostly with Susan and my sister Erika. Everyone was so happy when you got home from work and you were boisterous, jokey and always nice -- in a loud way! Somehow you would manage to kick us out so you all could have dinner and you always did it in a way that didn't feel like getting kicked out! At your house I never felt like I was in the way, so I never felt kicked out either I guess.

Through you and Mrs. Nollan, I was introduced to an unfamiliar world. A place of acceptance, humor, no big dramatic scenes, fun, love, kindness and more. Not that you didn't blow your top -- you did that honestly and without blaming other people. I'd never seen the likes of that kind of clean top-blowing either. I knew it was fair and authentic because it wasn't scary.

The legendary Nollan magnetism was irresistible. I can verbalize now what it was you and Mrs. Nollan gave me, just by being you. Your gift was 100% free and it has lasted me through my lifetime. The gift came consistently during those awkward transition years when I was, shall we say, a little rebellious. I never seemed to faze either of you. You just kept accepting me for my best self. The good me. All the acts that I would push and test. You weren't worried or annoyed or judgmental. After all, it was only me. You treated me with respect and understanding despite my childish teenage shenanigans. (And I'm pretty sure that's how you treated, dare I say, everyone.) And if you thought I was ok then I guess I was.

Over the years you and Mrs. Nollan are no longer in First Place as my example of a loving marriage, loving parents and exposing me to how it be. With a few notable exceptions, for me it has turned out you are in Place.

I can speak for Mike Banks who never actually said anything as direct as I've written here. But I know for sure that he learned exactly what I learned from you. You were, for him, so completely unfamiliar and completely irresistible. We longed to be around this impossible stability and fearless love. He knew he was special to you. And in his singular Banks way, he would brag about you to me. But this time I knew he wasn't making it up or exaggerating.

Ah, the stories and memories keep coming but I'd better close now.

Thank you Mr. Nollan for being exactly what the world needs now and needed them. Love! sweet love :-)

And Sally, I hope you know how much I love you as I always have. Thank you for being my grownup parent-friend when I was 14. Thank you for being a loyal friend to my mom -- she loved you more than you may know. She really really did. Maybe you do know but I want to be sure.

I think of you often and DO give me a call if you feel like it. I would so welcome hearing your girlish lilting voice -- you sound like a teenage girl, as you always did.

XOXO!
Katie A.
November 2, 2014
Remembering you on this 1 year anniversary...It has been a lonely year with out you..My memories of our lift together are so many with so many happy days we enjoyed raising the amazing children.. These memories will help me to live with out you by my side... Love you for ever... Sally
October 16, 2014
Happy Happy Birthday..this was always a special day for you,just know that I am thinking of you and loving you today... will be together with our loving kids to remember our many good times we had with you.. Love you Sally
September 14, 2014
63 years ago we started an amazing journey together.Thank you for a great life 5 beautiful children, I will treasure it always..love you forever...Sally
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