Richard T. ‘Dick’ Nolan died in Port Jefferson on April 13, 2019. Dick was born and raised in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. He graduated from St. Francis Prep in 1949; St. Francis College in 1955 and St. John’s University School of Law in 1958. He served in the US Army as an enlisted soldier during the Korean War as an aviation engineer and later earned a commission in the active reserve as a Second Lieutenant.
In Law School, Dick served as Student Editor of the St. Thomas More Institute, publisher of the St. John’s Law Review and the Catholic Lawyer.
A parishioner of Infant Jesus RC Church since 1968, he had served as Trustee, Parish Council President, Mass Team Captain, Lector and member of the St. Joseph of Arimathea Society. Dick and Barbara were the recipients of the Saint Agnes Medal of Service from the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 2013.
A member and past president of the Port Jefferson Rotary Club for over 50 years, he also held memberships in the Catholic War Veterans, the American Legion, the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York, New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, FASNY, National Fire Protection Association, National Volunteer Firefighters Council and Government Finance Officers Association.
Widely touted as the, ‘Dean’ of fire district attorneys, he served as Counsel to the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York, from 1987 to 1992; was counsel to the Suffolk County and Brookhaven Town Fire District Associations, as well as numerous fire districts until his retirement in December 2013.
Dick was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Barbara Nolan (nee, Gallagher). He was survived by his seven children: Liam (Cheri); Maureen (Robert); Mark (Kris); Monica; Barbara (George); Andrew (Allison) and Richard Jr.; 11 grandchildren: Alexandra Butera (Greg), Daniel, Emma, Taylore, Eli (Allison), Nick, Tim, Rob, Katie, Matthew and Ryan, and two great-grandchildren Sean Patrick and Henry Francis Butera.
A funeral mass was held at Infant Jesus Church in Port Jefferson with a burial at Calverton National Cemetery with Military Honors.
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