Robert Louis Nolan Sr.
Robert Louis Nolan, Sr., (Bob) peacefully passed away on July 8, 2023, at the age of 90, in Milford, NH. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Pamela A. Nolan (Spang).
Bob was born on September 17, 1932 to the late Edmund and Grace Nolan in Concord, NH. After serving as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Bob attended Northeastern University. He then excelled as a horticultural chemist, working for esteemed companies such as W.R. Grace and Scott’s. His expertise and passion contributed immensely to the field.
Throughout his life, Bob was an avid skier, tennis player, and handball enthusiast. He also loved running and riding his bike. Bob’s green thumb was well-known, as he took great pride in his meticulously maintained yards and gardens. He was also a skilled craftsman, often found tinkering in his cellar or undertaking home improvement projects. Bob loved to capture travel, nature and life events through photography. Some might say that Bob’s favorite pastime was making people laugh using his extraordinary wit. One could not walk away from a conversation with him without a humorous nugget that could be tucked away and create the same amount of laughter when remembered.
Bob was exceptionally proud of his children. He was predeceased by his daughter, Cheryl Papas. He is survived by his children, Patti Schwartz (John, dec.), Amy Bass (Joe), Cynthia Patey (Michael), Robert Nolan (Cherie), Todd Nolan, Kathleen Lay (Montgomery) and his step-children, Rebecca and Ryan Mawn. Bob loved his 18 grandchildren, Justin, Brian, Joseph, Cassandra, Caitlyn, Cameron, Jesse, Jennifer, Samantha, McKenzie, Abigail, Caroline, Gabrielle, Kathryn, Jacob, Jack and Tyler and he delighted in having 9 great-grandchildren, Brayden, Bryce, Avery, Brooke, Aubrey, Emma, Gianna, Wesley and Joseph Zane.
A celebration of life gathering to honor Bob’s life will be held at a later date, providing an opportunity for family and friends to gather from near and far to share stories and pay their respects. In memory of Bob, contributions can be made to Children’s Hospital or the SPCA, organizations that held a special place in his heart.