Thomas R. Nolan
1931 - 2021
Cornell Memorial Home Inc
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Danbury, CT
Thomas R. Nolan
Dec 15, 1931 - Feb 10, 2021
Thomas R. Nolan, 89, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.
Tom grew up on Long Island during the Depression. He attended Garden City High School, where he played lacrosse against Jim Brown, and graduated with the Class of 1950. He then attended Cornell University, where he took courses with Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and graduated with the Class of 1954 from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. While at Cornell, in 1953, Tom married Mildred Ann Wagner, also from Garden City.
Tom then served as a Lieutenant on active duty for two years stationed at Walter Reed Army Hospital. In 1956, he settled in Brookfield when he joined The Barden Corporation becoming Personnel Director. He left in 1970 to establish businesses in professional and temporary placement, home health care, and real estate. He retired in 2000.
In the community, Tom was elected to the Board of Trustees of Union Savings Bank in 1972 and served as Chairman for 16 years. He served as Chairman of the Building Committee for the Huckleberry Hill School in Brookfield which opened in 1961. Since 2002, he has been a Trustee and point-of-contact for the Central Cemetery Association of Brookfield.
For 50 years, Tom's service in support of the mission of the Lions Clubs, as Knights of the Blind, was deeply personal. He, his father, and two sisters each received corneal transplants. Tom was widely recognized for his work with the Danbury and Brookfield Lions Clubs, Lions Low Vision Centers of Fairfield and New Haven Counties, Low Vision Support Group at the Danbury Senior Center, Lions Low Vision Centers at Danbury Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, and Lions Pediatric Eye Screenings at area schools. Thousands of members of the community know of Tom's devotion to this cause.
Tom was an active member of the Valley Presbyterian Church and Men's Fellowship groups at the Congregational Church and Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Brookfield. Tom shared his faith by greeting people with a personal calling card that featured a turtle-on-a-fencepost. This image symbolized the help from above he gratefully acknowledged throughout his life.
Tom is predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Mildred, son Richard, and three sisters Mary Elizabeth Freire, Patricia Parkman, and Kathleen Bell.
Tom is survived by his wife of 15 years, Dorothy Perkins, her daughters, Dorothy McKay, Jane Manley, Linda Small, and Karen Allen, their spouses, eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Tom is also survived by his son Jeff, his son Richard's wife Karen, granddaughters Claudia Nolan and Michele Layher (Alex), and his great grandson Richard. Tom's second great grandchild was due on the day of his passing.
In memory of Tom, please consider blood and organ donations, and contributions to the local Lions Clubs. And do send flowers to someone you love.
At Tom's request, a private service for family will be held prior to interment at Central Cemetery to be arranged by Cornell Memorial (
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So sorry to hear of your loss
Debra Woodin
February 26, 2021
Tom was my neighbor and friend for close to 50 years.
I always knew I could count on him for any help I needed.
My sincere condolences to his entire family.
Gay B Judd
February 16, 2021
I've known Tom for many years through his work with the Danbury and Brookfield Lion's Clubs and the Danbury Lion's Low Vision Center. He was such a kind and dedicated person -always ready to be of service to others. He will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to his family.
Lorraine Kelley
February 16, 2021
It was a lot of fun working with Tom on his projects. He was a great Lion roll model. He will be missed by all.
Warren Levy
February 15, 2021
Tom was a great salesman. He convinced me numerous times to join organizations that he was involved. Although I wasn't always confident, Tom had that reassuring ability to help me grow with different tasks.
I will miss Tom for his mentoring skills. Tom was a great man.
He joins his son Richard who passed away too soon.
Rich Groski
February 13, 2021
To the family of Tom Nolan,
I send my deepest condolences. God be with you all in these times.
Nasiyra Clayton
February 13, 2021
Sorry to hear of Tom's passing. A real wonderful and caring man. Lucky to have played doubles with him in the men's league at Beaver Brook Tennis.
Michael Fenster
February 13, 2021
To the Family of Tom Nolan, I send my condolences. I was on the Board of Trustees with Tom and he always was a great leader. I will miss him. God be with him.
Richard E. Steiner
February 13, 2021
Dear Family of Tom Nolan,
We send our sympathy to you on Tom’s passing. He was an energetic and vibrant gentleman who worked tirelessly for so many community and business interests. The mark of his achievements will last forever. May he Rest In Peace.
Sincerely, Maryann and Gene Kiely
Palm City, Florida
Maryann and Gene Kiely
February 13, 2021
I'm very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was a wonderful guy. I worked with him in Lions. He was always so enthusiastic about working to help visually impaired people it made me happy to be with him. He was always looking for new ways of helping people. He was a giving person. You all have my sympathy for his passing. Everyone who knew him will miss him.
Bill Manthey
February 12, 2021
Lions have lost a great member. I remember Tom always being available to come to give a Low Vision presentation to a club on the Low Vision Centers.
(Lion) SusanGabriele
February 12, 2021
Heartfelt thoughts, prayers, condolences are with all of Tom's family at this difficult time. He was a true gentleman. His life was a blessing to all who knew him, I am grateful to be one of them. God Bless.
David A. Scribner
February 12, 2021
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