Dolan, James J.
James Joseph Dolan, 85, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Fairfield, Connecticut died peacefully Monday, February 11, 2013 of natural causes. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, son of James Aloysius Dolan and Grace Rourke Dolan; he is survived by his eight children, James Jr. (Mary) of Westport, Connecticut, Richard (Susan) of Bend, Oregon, Julie Dolan Smith (Trem) of Dallas, Texas, Elizabeth of Santa Monica, California, Sheila of South Pasadena, California, Monica of Portland, Oregon, Brendan (Laura) of Irvine, California and Lian (Berick) of Pasadena, California; eleven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and an extended family of beloved nieces, nephews and in-laws. He is predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Edna Klarman Dolan and his two siblings, Thomas and Mary. James was a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross class of 1950. He was a member of the Army Air Corps during World War II
. After college and military service, he joined Dolan Steel, Inc., in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which was founded by his father in 1940. James would later be named President, and he and his brother, Tom, would oversee the expansion of the family business into the 1980's. He married Edna Klarman, a registered nurse in 1951. The couple were long-time residents of Fairfield, Connecticut where they raised their eight children. James received a U.S. patent in 1979 for his invention related to steel processing. He was a charter member of the President's Council and an Associate Trustee at Holy Cross. He was active in the community and served on the boards of many local organizations, including Fairfield Country Day School, Wakeman Boys and Girls Club, The American Council of Nationalities Services, the Pequot Library and Southbury Training School. He was President of the Barnum Festival Society. He was an active member of St. Pius X and St. Thomas Aquinas parishes, the Pequot Yacht Club, the Fairfield Beach Club, the Algonquin Club, The Patterson Club, the James Joyce Society of New York and the Metropolitan Club in New York. He was a founding member of the Pequot Runners, co-organizing the first annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot in 1978. An avid opera aficionado and supporter, James was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild and once appeared onstage as a supernumerary in Aida with Leontyne Price. After retiring, he and his wife moved to Amelia Island, Florida in 1984 and then to Portland, Oregon leading an active life filled with travel, family and volunteering at his church. In the last years of his life, he resided on the beach in Santa Monica, California near his children and grandchildren, continuing to write, read and enjoy music. He recently relocated to Dallas where he was able to spend time with his great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. directly at St. Pius X Church, 835 Brookfield Drive, Fairfield, www.st-pius.org
followed by interment in Oak Lawn Cemetery. All are welcome. Friends may call on Friday, March 22 from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. For information or to sign an online guest register please visit: www.spearmillerfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that donations be made in the name of James J. Dolan, '50, to the College of the Holy Cross, Development Office, 1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610 or the
at this website http://www.alz.org/