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Daniel R. Nolan
Age: 44
Occupation: Assistant Vice President For Computer Technology Services
Worked for: Johnson & Higgins/March McLennan
Originally from:
Resided in: Hopatcong, N.J.

I didn't know Dan, but thought his name should be on this list.
Submitted by: Jay Dooling ()

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Daniel Nolan thought of himself as invincible. Danger did not scare him. It sounded like fun.

He was an expert skier, and his idea of a good time was to ski down a mountain that did not have any trails carved out of it. When he went scuba diving, he would descend as deep as possible, and would grab onto whatever fish were down there and ride them. "He would take things to the extreme," said his wife, Renee. "He was never afraid to take risks. He would always talk about how nothing could hurt him."

He enjoyed fast trips in his motorboat on Lake Hopatcong, N.J., near where he lived, and friends labeled him the "Fun Guy," because of his adventuresome streak and his abiding passion for jokes. He belonged to a joke circuit of sorts on the Internet, and e- mailed friends fresh jokes every day. His wife got them too. "There were a lot of blonde jokes," she said.

But Mr. Nolan, 44, an assistant vice president for computer technology services with Marsh & McLennan, had a more placid dream for himself and his family - a splendid house on Lake Hopatcong. They had begun building it and it is nearly finished. Now it is for sale.
-- Irish Tribute (Friend)
23 Oct 2001

Dan Nolan was my oldest American friend. We met in 1972 when our parents arranged an exchange visit for him to come to Ireland for six weeks and for me to return with him to Connecticut for the second half of the summer. he was fifteen and I was sixteen.

It was the beginning of a long and enduring relationship between our two families. His untimely death has shocked all of us, including my own children, now teenagers here in California.

The description you have posted is very accurate - Dan was an amazing guy and unlike anyone I had previously known. He simply didn't have negative thoughts like the rest of us.

Over the last few weeks I have been working on what I at first thought would be an essay about Dan, or at least his effect on me in 1972, but at this point I think there is enough material for a book-length memoir.

The Nolan family will never get over the loss of their eldest son but perhaps the fact that Dan is remembered so fondly by so many of us will be of some small comfort.

Because my time with Dan and his family was my first exposure to America, his loss and the wider tragedy are all the more magnified. I am hugely heartened to have been made aware of this website and know that the Nolan family, all of whom have made many visits to Ireland over the years, and have sponsored so many Irish visitors to their home, will be most appreciative of this tribute.
-- Sean Kenny (Friend)
24 Oct 2001

Daniel Nolan, 44, died Tuesday (September 11, 2001) in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. Dan was born in Hartford and was a graduate of the University of Hartford in 1983 with a BS Degree in Business Administration. He was employed by Johnson & Higgins/March McLennan as Assistant Vice President - Computer Technology Services. He is survived by his wife, Renee; two children, Jonathan Daniel (7) and Kaitlyn Eileen (4); his parents, Robert and Eileen; a brother, Michael; three sisters, Kathy, Pamela, and Mary; and six nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on Sunday, September 16th. In lieu of flowers a scholarship fund has been established for the Nolan children. Send donations to the 1st Baptist Church of Dover, 126 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Dover/Rockaway, NJ 07801 c/o "Nolan Children Scholarship Fund".
Paid Notice published in THE HARTFORD COURANT on September 22, 2001.
-- Jay Dooling (Friend {})
14 Jan 2002

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