AUBURN | William P. Dolan, 71, of Auburn, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, March 31, 2019, in the comfort of his home.
He was a life resident of Auburn, the son of the late James and Mary Bandas Dolan. Bill retired from the New York State Department of Corrections after more than 33 years of service, having taught at both Auburn Correctional and Cayuga Correctional Facility. Bill was a lifelong communicant of Holy Family Church and was former President of its C.Y.O. Basketball Program. One of Bill’s proudest moments was last season, seeing his grandson, Kevin, become the fourth member of his family to receive the prestigious M.V.P. Award in the CYO league, following in the footsteps of Bill and his two sons, Jeff and Mike. Bill was also a standout softball player, having played for more than 20 years. He was inducted into the Auburn Softball Hall of Fame in 2017. Bill was an avid Notre Dame and New York Mets sports fan. He also enjoyed an occasional trip to O.T.B. to root on his favorite ponies. This all paled in comparison to the joy he got from attending any of his grandchildren’s scholastic or sporting events. A “true” Auburn legend that will be sadly missed and forever remembered. If you see Bill in your next life, make sure you say “Hey Big Guy!”
He is survived by his loving sons, Jeffrey (Amy) Dolan and Michael (Kristine Federico) Dolan, all of Auburn; three beloved grandchildren, Carly, Maggie, and Kevin Dolan; sister, Patricia Treat, of Auburn; two brothers, James “Smiley” (Pam) Dolan, of Auburn, and Tom (Jaci) Dolan, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; mother-in-law, Florence Easton, of Florida; brothers-in-law, Edward Charles, of Auburn, Thomas (Lynn) Easton, of Florida, and Gerard (Sue) Easton Jr., of Baldwinsville; sister-in-law, Valeta “Lolly” (Robert) Kennedy, of Pennville; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and his very close friends, Tom and Ann Payne, Mike and Marie Didio, and Jim and Pat VanOrman.
In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his wife, Eileen “Snooky” in 2017; a sister, Maureen Charles, and more recently a brother-in-law, Thomas Treat.
Friends and relatives are invited to join the family at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 8, in Holy Family Church for William’s Mass of Christian burial with the Rev. James Enright as celebrant. Calling hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. this Sunday afternoon at Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn, NY 13021. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to Holy Family Church, 85 North St., Auburn, NY 13021 or Matthew House, 43 Metcalf Drive, Auburn, NY 13021