Peter F. Dolan
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Dolan, Age 78, Retired Lieutenant, Massachusetts State Police, Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4, United States Army, longtime resident of West Roxbury passed away on January 9, 2021. Beloved husband of Paula M. (Donaher) Dolan for 53 years. Devoted father of Peter J. Dolan, and Lisa M. Larson and her husband Todd. Loving Papa of Jeffrey and Kelli Larson. Dear brother of Mary T. Dolan. He will also be missed by his large extended family around the country, especially those family members in California, Georgia, and North Carolina.

Peter was a graduate of Boston State College and received his Masters degree from Boston University. He dedicated his life to service. This is highlighted by his 22-year career with the Massachusetts State Police, retiring as a Lieutenant. After his police service, he moved to Boston Edison and the investigative division for 17 years. In addition, he honorably served in the US Army National Guard for 34 years, retiring as a CW4.

Due to Covid-19, funeral services will be private to protect the health of everyone who knew Peter. A private burial with full military honors will be held at St. Joseph's Cemetery in West Roxbury.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that a donation in Peter's memory be made to the Scandinavian Communities ( 1811 Broad Street, Cranston RI 02905. Words cannot express what they provided to Peter in the twilight of his life. For online guestbook

P.E. Murray - F.J. Higgins

George F. Doherty & Sons

West Roxbury 617 325 2000

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Published in Boston Herald from Jan. 13 to Jan. 15, 2021.
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February 11, 2021
Rest in Piece Chief!
JackHammond, BG USA, ret.
January 17, 2021
I remember Peter well.
I grew up on Brier rd and always played on Maplewood when we were younger. I grew up with the Mulroys and Phalans.
My prayers and thoughts are with you.❤
Susan Durkin
January 17, 2021
Jan and I send our sincere condolences to the family of CW4-R Peter Dolan. As an accomplished Army warrant officer, Peter was very unique in his military service to the United States and Massachusetts. We hope that the memories of Peter will get you through these sad times. With sympathy, CW5-R Joe and Jan Quinn
The Quinn’s
Served In Military Together
January 15, 2021
I was fortunate to know and serve with Peter for a great many years. He was always the cool, level-headed guy - quick with a smile and mischievous wink. I only saw him blow up once in my 14 years of serving with him. Quite unusual for an Irishman and cop and a soldier. He was always there with an outstretched hand if you fell down or patted you on the back or say a kind word if you needed it. He mentored. He taught. He helped you grow as a soldier. He was someone you never wanted to disappoint or let down.

Our lives touched outside of the service. He took more and better photographs of my wedding than our hired photographer. I came to find out he and his family only lived a few streets over from my grandparent’s house. And one afternoon over lunch, I found out that my insurance agent at the time was his daughter Lisa. He was just as surprised and I’ll always remember him saying, “What a small world!” and just a little more menacing, “Stay away from my daughter.”

How do try to encapsulate a man’s life in just a few short words or sentences? You can’t. He was just the epitome of a GOOD GUY and he will be sorely missed.

Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Dolan family. Peter will be sorely missed.

-Sgt. Gary Locke (ret.), 65th PAD
Gary Locke
Served In Military Together
January 14, 2021
Our condolences to all the Dolans. Peter was the most thoughtful and kind neighbor in West Roxbury and will be missed.
Paul Phalan
January 13, 2021
Pete was the best of the best. A true gentleman & a true adventurer. Flying airplanes, driving boats and restoring classic cars. He LOVED life and everything that came with it whether good or bad. He was the very best and will be truly missed by everyone he came to know. We love you, Pete. Until we meet again, Cheers!!!!
Elaine Murphy
January 13, 2021
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Tom,Art,Katy,Linda,Mike Famlys
January 13, 2021
Lt. Dolan,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your years of dedicated service and sacrifice-first for our Country when you served with the U.S. Army and National Guard and later for the citizens of Massachusetts when you served with the MSP. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
Mike Casey
January 12, 2021
Our Deepest sympathies to you all! Peter was an awesome boss and friend! We have fond memories of working with him at 1010 Comm Ave! God Bless and all our love to you in this time! Brian and Pat O’Hara MSP
Brian M OHara
January 12, 2021
To lose Peter during the virus is a double negative. Not only do We not get to just talk about what a great guy he was and he say how much will miss him but not to be able to get together with all the Dolan’s and try to comfort them and assure them that Peter was much loved and how The days of the week or funeral and burial and I get together was so meaningful to everybody much we enjoyed his company. The virus has deprived us of the wakes the masses and the burials they brought us Close to Peter‘s family and each other and seem to make Peters departure more bearable
Dolores and Charles Howard
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