John B. Dolan Jr., 72, retired Shrewsbury Fire Captain

Fort Myers, Florida. – John Bernard Dolan, Jr., 72, of Fort Myers, FL and formerly of Shrewsbury, died suddenly in Boston, MA on Saturday, January 8, 2022 from complications of ampullary cancer.

He is survived by his son Sean B. Dolan and his wife Julie Ferland of Dedham, MA and their sons Samuel and Jacob. He is survived by his daughter Rachel L. DeYoung and her husband Michael DeYoung of Boston, MA and their sons Declan and Brendan. He is survived by five siblings: Patrick J. Dolan of Shrewsbury, MA; Pauline J. “Polly” Dolan of Tampa, Florida; Michael J. Dolan and his wife Monina Dolan and their son Darby of San Francisco, California; Thomas J. Dolan and his partner Sabrina Williams and daughter Piper from Los Angeles, California; Elizabeth A. “Betsy” Doud and her husband Joseph Doud of Falmouth, MA and their children Megan Murphy, Brian Murphy and his wife Jessie Randall, Brad Doud and all of their children. John is also survived by his ex-wife Patricia Dolan of Boylston MA, his daughters Andrea Bigos of Hudson MA, Tracey Tindol of Franklin, MA, Pamela Dunbar of Auburn, MA and their families. He is also survived by family friend Timothy McDermott of Portland, ME, as well as many friends from the Shrewsbury Fire Department and Lexington Country Club in Fort Myers, as well as the mother of his adult children, Linda R Dolan, of Mashpee, MA.

Mr. Dolan was born in Worcester, MA and raised in Shrewsbury, the son of the late John B. Dolan Sr. and the late Pauline (Kelley) Dolan. He graduated from St. John’s High School and Boston College (class of 1971).

Mr. Dolan was a member of Boston College’s first varsity lacrosse team and a loyal fan of the BC football team, holding season tickets for many years.

Mr Dolan was a member of the Shrewsbury Fire Service for 32 years, appointed as a call-in firefighter in 1971, permanent firefighter in 1979 and retired as a captain and fire prevention officer in 2003.

He attended the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD, where he took technical courses in fire prevention. He also graduated from Quinsigamond Community College and Anna Maria College with degrees in fire science.

He was the former president of the Shrewsbury Firefighters Association and a member of the Shrewsbury Fire & Police Association. As a petty officer in the United States Coast Guard Reserve, he was stationed at Merrimack River Station in Newburyport, MA and participated in OpSail 80, the 1980 parade of tall ships in the harbor from Boston.

After retiring, Mr. Dolan moved to Fort Myers, Florida, and spent the winter months there for many years.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing in the Men’s Golf Association Match Play tournaments at the Lexington Country Club where he lived. As a spring training fan, he attended Red Sox and Twins games for many years.

John was an avid reader and our family historian of Worcester and Massachusetts lore – sharing many stories of relatives and family friends who had built the family business TJ Rafferty, Inc.

He loved being near the ocean, and most of all, John cherished spending time with his four grandsons cheering them on at their sporting events, playing golf, playing board games and visiting historic sites. locals, as well as exploring Florida with them and aunt. Polly. Declan, Brendan, Sam and Jack were the light of her life and they will miss their dad John dearly.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, January 18, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the BRITTON-SHREWSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA, followed immediately by a funeral mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church , 640 Main St., Shrewsbury, with interment at Mountain View Cemetery. Due to COVID-19 precautions, masks will be required at the funeral home and at the church, and there will be no reception afterwards.

The family asks that the flowers be omitted and that donations be made to the Shrewsbury Fire & Police Relief Association, PO Box 53, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.

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