Earle F. Nolan, 84, a long-time resident of Marlborough and formerly of Swanzey and Winchester died on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. He passed peacefully after a brief period of declining health.
Earle was born the son of the late Mary (Stevens) and Charles Nolan on February 3, 1935, in Winchester. He was educated locally and graduated from Thayer High School class of 1953.
Earle served his country in the U.S. Navy. He took great pride in his military service. He loved to share stories of a trip with the Navy to Iceland.
On May 19, 2001, he exchanged vows with Harriet E. Crosby. They were married in a simple service in Swanzey with close family and friends in attendance.
Earle was employed by the Boise Cascade Co. in Brattleboro, VT. for thirty years as a machinist. He retired to enjoy his golden years with his wife. They enjoyed road trips, visiting yard sales and playing cards.
He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to fish, hunt, and ride motorcycles. Time was spent tinkering around the house and working on cars. Earle was known for his loud voice and tall stature but was a kind and gentle soul who would help anyone in need. Earle was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He took great pride in his family.
Mr. Nolan is survived by his wife, Harriet Nolan. Two children; Bryon Etheridge and his wife, Kathleen of Winchester and Becky Etheridge of Winchester. Children from a combined marriage; Sue Patnode and her husband, David of Nantucket, MA. Debra Snelling of Keene, Karen Williams of St. Cloud, FL. and Pamela Snelling and her husband, Eric of Marlborough. A sister, Edith Smith of Hinsdale. In addition, he is survived by; many grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Earle is pre-deceased by his siblings; Jack Nolan, Herbie Nolan, Kenneth Ripley, Dot Gagnon, Joe Nolan, Mary Jones, and Chet Nolan.
In keeping with Earle’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021, at 10 am. with military honors at Westport Village Cemetery, Westport Rd. Swanzey, NH. 03446. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Earle F. Nolan to:
Maplewood Nursing Home
201 River Rd.
Westmoreland, NH. 03467.
All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com