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William Charles Dolan


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William Charles Dolan Obituary
William Charles Dolan November 5, 1933 - September 7, 2018 San Diego After a long and fruitful life, William "Bill" Charles Dolan passed away peacefully on September 7, 2018, at the age of 84 years. He is survived by his wife Fran of 55 years; four sons: Michael, Peter, Bill (Kristin), and Matthew; one daughter, Colleen Dolan Clune (Brian); four grandchildren: Jenna Dolan, Nicholas Dolan, Coral Clune, William Clune; sister, Judy Dolan Pruett (Steve); brother, Chris Dolan; nieces Jackie Dolan Stockman and Christine Dolan Saunders; nephews Sean Dolan, Michael Pruett, and Patrick Pruett; and predeceased by sister, Anne Dolan Smith (Roy, deceased) and brother, Jack Dolan (Sami).Bill was a proud native of San Diego. He served our country as a member of the Air Force from 1950-1954. He then began his career in real estate while also attending school at night to get his college degree. It was during this time that he met his bride to be, Fran, while she was attending the University of San Diego. Bill graduated from San Diego State University in 1963, the first graduating class to have a major in Real Estate, and then married Fran later that same year.He started in real estate in the late 1950's, working his way up from the ground floor at the Percy H. Goodwin Co. under the mentorship of Ewart W. Goodwin. He was promoted to Vice President of Property Management and was featured as "Man of the Year from Goodwin" in the San Diego Magazine. In the 1960's, Bill with partners, Peter Peckham & Ed Sibbett, joined Investcal Realty Corporation, where Bill eventually became President of the Company.Before his 5 children came on the scene, Bill obtained his private pilot's license with a multi-engine instrument rating. He traveled across the U.S. with Fran flying, Cesnas and Muskateers. He also enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and dove hunting, sporting events, spending time with his family and children and taking his family on vacations across the United States and beyond. Later in life, Bill took up skiing and golf as hobbies, and as he traveled the world, he would collect a golf ball with the Club logo from every course he played along the way.He was a member of Knights of Columbus, R&A Society and also co- founded AHAC (Americans Helping Asian Children) Foundation with his dear friend, Dr. Bruce Johnson. Bill and Bruce took many trips to Vietnam with AHAC to lead teams that delivered medical supplies and worked on a multitude of projects including scholarships, bikes, water wells, bridges, schools, and thousands of hearing aids.He will be remembered for his incredible work ethic, continuous home projects, quick one liners, dry sense of humor, family values and incredibly positive outlook. His motto that he would share with everyone was, "You go to sleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose."The Memorial Mass will be Saturday, September 22, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 2802 Cadiz St., San Diego, CA 92110. Reception following at Bill and Fran's home. Interment will be Monday, September 24th, at Miramar National Cemetery at 9:00 a.m., 5795 Nobel Dr., San Diego, CA 92122. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to AHAC (www.ahac.org ) or St. Charles Borromeo Academy (SCBA) Scholarship Fund, 2802 Cadiz St., San Diego, CA 92110.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Sept. 16, 2018
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