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Obituary of William E. Nolan
N. Chili, NY – William E. (“Bill”) Nolan, 88, passed away suddenly on December 15, 2020 after several years of declining health. Bill was pre-deceased by his parents, William J. Nolan and Emma (Veith) Nolan and his step-mother, Mary (Harrold) Nolan; his step-brother, Thomas Harrold and sister, Beverley Ann Nolan. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Margaret (Maley) Nolan; their four children, Cathy (Rob) Elmore, Michael (Joan) Nolan, Kerry Nolan and Jennifer (Becky Rangel) Nolan; two grandchildren, Brenna and Mia Elmore; brother-in-law, Austin (Jean) Maley and sister-in-law, Patricia Maley; many nieces and nephews and countless friends.
Bill was born in 1932 in Schenectady, NY. As a teenager, he enjoyed playing the banjo and traveled throughout NY state honing his skills as a pool shark (thus earning the nickname “Schenectady Slim”). His pool playing was put on hold when he was drafted by the United States Army to serve during the Korean War. After the war, he landed in Rochester, NY where he worked as a recreational therapist in the children’s ward of the Rochester State Hospital (now known as Rochester Psychiatric Center). There he met Margaret Maley, an occupational therapist who hailed from Milwaukee, WI. Bill pursued Margaret. Margaret was not too impressed. The “loud” jacket he loved to wear was an issue. But, his wonderful sense of humor won her over in the end and they married in 1960.
In 1964 Bill joined the Rochester Police Department. He earned the nickname “The Wagonmaster” as his main duty, until his retirement in 1988, was driving the paddy wagon. During this time he also forged a love of antiques and opened an antique shop, Waite and Nolan Antiques, on Gardiner Park.
After his retirement, Bill was able to further pursue his love of collecting antiques and became very interested in political memorabilia. He was a dedicated member of the American Political Items Collectors (APIC) and travelled throughout the country to their annual conventions. He enjoyed American history and loved to share his knowledge and memorabilia with local libraries.
Bill was known far and wide for his keen sense of humor and quick wit. He was beloved by many and is dearly missed.
A viewing will be held on Monday, December 21 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Walker Brothers Funeral Home in Spencerport. Due to Covid, reservations are required. His funeral will be held on Tuesday, December 22 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jude Church, 4100 Lyell Road, Rochester. Interment at Holy Ghost Cemetery, Rochester.
15 West Ave.
Spencerport, New York 14559
21 Main St.
Churchville, New York 14428