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James J. Nolan

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James J. Nolan

AGE: 79 • Old Bridge

James J. Nolan died Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the Parker Nursing Residence in New Brunswick after a lengthy illness. He was 79. Jim was known as "the man who always said Thank You." Born in the Bronx, NY, to the late Hugh James and Rose Veronica Nolan, he resided in Old Bridge for 52 years and was under the care of the Martin and Edith Stein Hospice. Jim was a communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, having been a Lector and member of the Holy Name Society. He was on the Steering Committee, which helped form the first Pastoral Council at St. Thomas the Apostle.

He was an active Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and an early member of the Friendly Sons of Shillelagh. Jim served in the National Guard in the early 1960's. He received his BA Degree from Fordham University and his MBA in Corporate Finance from New York University in 1962. He retired as a Financial Analyst from the Drew Chemical Company in Boonton. In retirement, he worked for the New Jersey State Unemployment Division, and 2 years at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. He was a sports enthusiast, gardener, music listener and Wall Street watcher.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Veronica Fitzgerald Nolan; their three sons, their wives and children, Christopher and Tracy of Denver, CO; Terence and Corinne of New York City, NY; Michael and Janet of Jackson, NJ; and his four "Hugables", Elizabeth, Colin, Connor and Kylie; as well as Savannah and Chloe. Jim is also survived by his brother, Richard and his wife, Elizabeth and their children, Douglas and Christine, their spouses and children.

Jim married into a family of nine brothers and sisters and through the years acquired 45 nieces and nephews. He always was ready to help those in need, extremely generous with a kind heart and in the truest sense, "a good man".

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, 9:30 AM, at THE BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL HOME, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, followed by a 10:15 AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Old Bridge. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick. Family and friends may pay their respects on Wednesday, 3 - 7 pm, at the funeral home. For directions, please visit We sincerely request that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Livingston, NJ and/or the Martin and Edith Stein Hospice, 49 Veronica Avenue, Suite 206, Somerset, NJ 08873.

Published in Home News Tribune on June 10, 2014
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