Edward J. Bolan Print E-mail

Edward J. Bolan

Beloved father, partner, brother-in-law, and uncle;

Edward "Ed"  J. Bolan, 87, of Marlborough, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at UMASS Memorial Health Center in Marlborough, MA.

He was the loving husband of the late F. Kerry (Heslin) Bolan who predeceased him in 2003.

Born in Lowell, MA, March 19, 1936, the son of the late M. Henry and the late Mary (Curry) Bolan, he attended St. Michael's Grammar school, and was a graduate of Keith Academy. He furthered his education as a graduate of St. Anselm’s College and later attended Suffolk Law.

Ed proudly served his country in the Massachusetts Army Reserves.

Prior to his retirement, he worked as a Computer Lab Supervisor for Middlesex Community College. Previously, Ed worked as the Manager at the UMass Lowell Bookstore for over 25 years, and then worked for the Department of Employment and Training in Lowell, MA.

An avid sports fan, Ed also enjoyed fly fishing, Notre Dame Football, celebrating his Irish heritage and summer trips to Drakes Island in Maine.

He is survived by a daughter, Kaitlyn F. Bolan of Lowell, MA; his partner, Nancy J. Hough of Marlborough, MA; sister-in-law, Carole Bolan of Groton, MA; two in-laws Kathleen (Heslin) Scalise of Seabrook, New Hampshire, Francis D. Heslin and his wife Terese of Westford, MA; he is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Mary Bolan, Patricia (Bolan) Hanlon, and Brendan Bolan. He was the brother-in-law of the late Domenic Scalise.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell on Thursday February 15, 2024, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. His Funeral Mass will take place on Friday at ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH in LOWELL, MA, at 10:00 A.M. Burial to follow at St. Mary Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to The Huntington’s Disease Society of America MA Chapter (https://massri.hdsa.org/), PO Box 14, Chelmsford, MA, 01824. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (7)
  • Jeff Witts  - My condolences
    I knew Mr Bolin from my days working for him at the ULowell bookstore and neighborhood friend of my son’s Uncles and Grandparents. He was a very nice man and will be missed. My condolences to Kaitlin and the entire family and friends.
  • Jerelyn Copeland
    Kaitlyn, I am sorry to read of your Dad’s passing. My sympathy and prayers to you. You had two great parents
  • Bryan Leary  - Retired professor
    Ed was a close friend of mine during and after our college years. We double dated friends for a couple of years, and Ed was in my wedding party in 1963. We lost contact later as we both started to raise a family. I’ll always remember Ed as a great guy and it was a privilege to have known him. My sincere condolences to his family.
  • Sean Sullivan UML Class of 198  - UMass Lowell Bookstore Friend
    I first met Ed as a student at the Unversity of Lowell in 1982 when shopping for books at the campus bookstore. He asked me to consider serving on the bookstore associate board where I witnessed his passion for helping students. UMass Lowell is a better place because of people like Ed Bolan. Slainte Ed, rest in peace.
  • Nicole Parsons
    Kaitlyn, I am saddened to hear of the passing of your Dad. I have fond memories of you guys growing up on Humphrey St (late Aunt Mary's). May you find solace in knowing he's at peace and back with your Mom.
  • Kathleen Wyman
    I met Ed years ago through his loving partner and my friend Nancy. Ed was a true gentleman with an infection smile. We shared the love of everything Irish. My family enjoyed him attending family events and dinners. He will be missed. Rest in Peace dear Ed and have a toast with the angels.
  • George Cheney  - Professor Emeritus, UMass Lowell
    I knew Ed as UML bookstore manager for many years. I considered him a friend. He was always helpful with textbooks for courses I taught. Condolences to his family and friends.
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