2004-02-18 / Obituaries

Paul H. Nolan, Sr.

Paul H. Nolan, Sr.

Paul H. Nolan Sr., age 89, of Alexandria,VA, died on Friday, January 23, 2004, at his residence.

Born in Highland Falls on May 1, 1914, he was the son of the late Bernard J. Nolan, Sr. and Mary E. Shea.

After his family returned to Cold Spring to live in the Shea home at 31 Church St., Cold Spring, Paul attended Our Lady of Loretto School and graduated from Haldane High School in 1932. Before enlisting in the US Army in 1941, he worked at Cold Spring’s A&P on Main St. and was a volunteer coach for Haldane’s football team. The team nicknamed him "Pop" because of his post-grad status.

On February 12, 1942, he married Florence R. Peparo of Cold Spring. In 1961, Lt. Col. Nolan retired from the US Army following assignments in England and Korea and stations with his family in Germany, Okinawa, Ft. Belvoir,VA; and Ft. Benning, GA.

Mr. Nolan was employed as Branch Manager/Broker for Town & Country Realty in Annandale, VA., retiring in 1983. He was parishioner at Queen of Apostles Church, Alexandria

He is survived by his wife Joan Barry, his sons Paul Jr. and Mark of Alexandria,VA; his daughter Maria of San Diego, CA his son Jim and grandson Pierce of Helena, MT.

He was predeceased by his wife Florence (1981), his sister Gertrude A. Reynolds (1962), his brother Bernard J. Nolan Jr. (1993), and his sisters Rita E. Peparo and Veronica E. Roser (2000).

Local family members include Mr. Nolan’s niece, Dorothy Gilman of Garrison; his nephew, Michael Peparo of Nelsonville, and his grandnephews Josiah and Ryan Peparo and grandniece Helen Peparo of Cold Spring.

Paul maintained a keen interest in his hometown - faithful reader of the Putnam County News and gentle, frequent inquirer about family, friends and neighbors. He was entertained by recalling every street name, old business locations, and wondering just where or why the unique nicknames came about that many have received. In his opinion, "the Hudson River Valley surpasses the Rhine in beauty; it is a jewel!"

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Queen of Apostles Church at 10 am Thursday, January 29, with interment following in Virginia.


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