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CAMBRIDGE - Robert A. Nolan, 82, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 3, 2023, with his loved ones at his side. Bob resided in Cambridge before moving to Saratoga Springs last year when late-stage Alzheimer’s made it impossible to stay at home. His wife, daughter Pam, and son-in-law John, selflessly cared for Bob throughout his debilitating illness.
Bob was born April 1, 1941, to Robert O. and Mary (Currier) Nolan. His childhood home was in Albany, with the family spending summers at their vacation home on Lake Lauderdale. It was at a New Year’s Eve dance at the former Town House, while home on leave from the Navy, where Bob met his future wife, Marilyn. They married in June 1965 and were to celebrate their 58th anniversary this month. A terrific match, Bob and Marilyn danced through life together.
In addition to his wife, Marilyn (Liebig) Nolan, he is survived by three children and their spouses, Pamela and John Sherman of Cambridge; Christopher and Kerri Nolan of Corona, CA, and Julie and Doug Patchin of Anchorage, Alaska. He was a loving grandfather to five grandchildren: Carly Hall, Brian Hall, Connor Nolan, Abby Patchin and Matthew Patchin. His brother, William Nolan, survives him along with many cousins, nieces and nephews, friends and family. Bob was predeceased by his cousin and childhood partner-in-mischief, Donnie Brandow, who was like a brother to him. Donnie passed away one week before Bob’s passing.
Bob was known for his quick wit and ready smile. A doting grandfather, he always carried his camera to capture birthday parties, family excursions, sporting events, holidays and everyday moments. He leaves behind many precious memories for the grandkids who called him “Bop”. He was an avid golfer, longtime member and past president of the Battenkill Country Club in Greenwich; a member of the Greenwich Elks Club and the Lions Club in Cambridge. He volunteered for several years at PGA golf events in Naples, Florida.
Bob and Marilyn enjoyed traveling to Europe and throughout the Caribbean, and especially enjoyed visiting his daughter, Julie, and family in Alaska, and his son and family in Florida and California. Always on the move, in earlier years Bob was a runner, bowled in several area leagues, and was a wily racquetball player. He taught himself how to downhill ski in his forties, so he could join his children on the slopes at Willard Mountain and area mountains. More recently, he was a regular at the YMCA gym in Greenwich and enjoyed long walks around the village of Cambridge.
Bob served in the Navy and was on the USS Lester destroyer escort in Key West and Guantanamo Bay during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Following his military service, he attended college and began his career as an electrician for Allegany-Ludlum Steel. Bob retired in 1995 after working for 30 years in technical services for Xerox Corporation.
Calling hours will be Thursday, June 8, 2023 from 4-7 pm at the Ackley, Ross & Gariepy Funeral Home, 73 West Main Street, Cambridge. Funeral services with military honors will be Friday, June 9, 2023 at 1:00 pm at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville. A reception will be at the Greenwich Elks Club following the services.
In memory of Bob, the family suggests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at ALZ.ORG.
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