Dr. Robert G. Dolan
Mar 9th, 2019
Dr. Robert G. Dolan 87 of Yarmouth Port died Saturday March 9, 2019 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
He was the loving husband of Elizabeth “Betty” (Norton) Dolan. They had been married for 60 years.
Born in Boston, Dr. Dolan was the son of the late John and Mildred (McCarthy). He was a graduate of The College of the Holy Cross, where he was the captain of the men’s hockey team and the University of Vermont College of Medicine.
After his internship, Dr. Dolan was stationed in Norfolk, VA on the USS Randolph as a flight surgeon. Following his military service and his residency in Family Practice at Bridgeport Hospital, his medical practice took him to Huntington, CT for ten years, becoming one of the original diplomats of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
His love of the sea stemmed from years as a lifeguard on the beaches of Ogunquit, ME, where he met his wife Betty. It then brought him to Cape Cod and a life of sailing Nantucket Sound, digging steamers off Monomoy, and a successful family practice of 25 years in Harwich. During this time, Dr. Dolan was on the medical staff of Cape Cod Hospital, becoming chairman of the Family Practice Department for a time. He was also a member of the Harwich School Committee, Cape Cod Power Squadron, Coast Guard Auxiliary, and a communicant at Our Lady of the Cape Church in Brewster.
In addition to his devoted wife, Dr. Dolan is survived by his beloved children, Ann Dolan-Niles and her husband, Paul of Brewster, Kari Dolan and her husband, Chach Curtis of Waitsfield, VT, Debbie Dolan of Lewisburg, PA, and Josh Dolan of Ocean City, MD; eight grandchildren, Jackson and Maddy Niles, Hannah and Will Brock, Lainey and Ellie Curtis, and Jenna and Chase Dolan; and many extended family members. In addition to his parents, Dr. Dolan was predeceased by his brothers, John Jr., and Richard Dolan; his brother in-law, Mel MacKay; Karen MacKay, and his beloved friend, Rev. Ralph Merrill.
The Dolan family extends their special thanks and appreciation to the members and staff of Harbor Point at Centerville, where their care for Bob was immeasurable.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday March 14 in Our Lady of the Cape Church, 468 Stony Brook Rd., Brewster.
Interment will follow at 1:45 p.m. in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.
Visiting hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday March 13 in the Hallett Funeral Home, 273 Station Ave., South Yarmouth.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the the Heathcare Foundation for Cape Cod Hospital, P.O. Box 370, Hyannis, MA 02601, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or to the Benchmark Associates Employee Fund, c/o Harbor Point, 22 Richardson Rd., Centerville, MA 02632.