Joseph F. Nolan, 76, of Auburn, NY, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at his home in Auburn.
Joseph was born in Auburn, NY to Ruth and Francis Nolan on August 26, 1943. He attended St. Mary's Catholic School and graduated from Mount Carmel High School in the class of 1961. After graduation, Joseph worked for Red Star Express Lines until 1964. In 1964, Joseph joined the US Navy and served a four year tour to include Vietnam. He returned to Auburn, and once again went to work for Red Star until 1970. In 1970 he made two very significant choices, he rejoined the US Navy and he married his high school sweetheart , Suzanne M. Jennings. they were married at St. Mary's Church on Dec. 26, 1970. This year they would of celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Joseph served in the US Navy as a cryptologist, rising to the rank of Senior Chief until his retirement in August 1993, he proudly served for 27 years. He and his family experienced many different assignments all over the world .
After retirement Joseph continued as a cryptologist at Hancock AFB until its closing. He also was a tollbooth collector for the NY State Thurway. His final job was with Reliable Tire, he delivered tires all over NY and Pennsylvania.
Joseph was an active member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church until his illness made it impossible. He was a devout Catholic. Joseph loved sports, most especially Notre Dame Football and Yankee Baseball.
Joseph is survived by his wife Suzanne (Jennings) Nolan of Auburn; his four children, Joseph (Tracy) Nolan, Christopher (Tammy) Nolan, Kathy Nolan all of Auburn and Angela (Jamison) Warrick of Lynn Haven, Fl. He has six grandchildren, Whitney and Courtney Warrick, Gabrielle Nolan , Eric Clark Josh Clark and Noah Laforce. He is also survived by his sister, Theresa (Louis) Trama, as well as several brothers and sisters -in-law, nieces , nephews and cousins. Lastly he is survived by his faithful friend and food buddy Dublynn.
Joseph is predeceased by a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Nolan. He is also predeceased by his parents, in-laws and a brother, Ronald
Nolan, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Joseph was a proud husband, father, brother and Grampy. He was a very proud Navy Veteran. So to Joseph we say "Fair Winds and Following Seas"
The Nolan family would like to thank the crews of AMR ,the ER and the hospital staff at Crouse Hospital for the wonderful care they provided to Joseph.
Donations in memory of Joseph may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or Finger Lakes SPCA of CNY.
Services will be held privately for the family. Arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., Auburn.
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