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William A. Dolan II
William A. Dolan II

August 5, 1931 - February 10, 2019
Born in Franklin, New Jersey
Resided in Denver, Colorado


William A. Dolan II, 87, of Denver, Colorado, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista, California.

Born in Franklin, Bill spent his entire life living in Sussex County before moving to Denver in 2012. He was a 1949 graduate of Newton High School and a 1953 graduate of Dartmouth College. He went on to continue his education at the University of Virginia Law School, where he graduated in 1956, and subsequently passed the New Jersey Bar in 1956. Bill was of counsel to the law firm Lucas & Gaus from 1994 until his retirement in 2012. He had previously been a partner at Dolan & Dolan from 1956 to 1994, where he had been a managing partner for ten years. The Dolan & Dolan law firm had been founded in 1922 by Bill’s father, Lewis P. Dolan, Sr., and his uncle, New Jersey State Senator William A. Dolan (for whom Bill had been named).

A charter member, past president and Paul Harris Fellow of Branchville Rotary from 1957 to 2012, Bill was a former Director and former Chairman at High Point Financial Corporation and its subsidiary, the National Bank of Sussex County (now Lakeland Bank), a former Director for Selective Insurance Co. of America, a member of the Sussex County Symphony, and a member of United Way of Sussex County. He was an accomplished pianist who could play by ear and would take requests at parties that would enhance the enjoyment of all those in attendance. For his many athletic accomplishments Bill was inducted into the Sussex County Sports Hall of Fame. He remains part of a small statewide group of athletes who earned the distinction of being a three-time New Jersey State Wrestling Champion. He was a long time member of the Branchville Businessmen’s Club. Bill was the moving force when the Newton Jaycees were formed. He also led the creation of the Highlands Workshop that for many years operated through the New Jersey Easter Seals Society. Through Bill’s efforts Easter Seals continues to have a major presence in Sussex County serving the needs of the handicapped.

An avid golfer, Bill was a member, past director, past president and past greens chairman of Newton Country Club. He was a member for over 70 years during which he won eleven club championships - a record that stands to this day. When Bill was a teenager, his family helped revive the Club after the Great Depression, and he then was part of the group that physically constructed the expansion of the golf course from 9 to 18 holes. It was said that he knew every twist, turn and nuance of the greens because he had helped to build most of them. From 1974 to 2014, he was a member of the Pine Valley Golf Club in Clementon, New Jersey. By all accounts, Pine Valley is annually ranked the best golf course in the world. Bill cherished his countless golf trips to Pine Valley and Ireland with those many dear friends he made along the way.

As an attorney, Bill was a longtime member of both the Sussex County Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. He was a past president of the Sussex County Bar. On a State level, Bill served on the State Bar Board of Trustees as the representative from Sussex County and then spent many years as a member of the State Bar Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee - the group that advises the governor on the qualifications of potential nominees for appointment as a Supreme Court Justice, Superior Court Judge or County Prosecutor in every part of the State.

The son of the late Lewis P. Dolan, Sr., and Ruth (nee Harden) Dolan, Bill was also predeceased by his daughter, JoEllen Livick, on December 26, 2014, and his brother, Lewis P. Dolan, Jr., on December 7, 1987. He is survived by his wife, Barbara L. (nee Bruno) Lucas Dolan. After Bill and Barbara married, his already large Irish family combined with Barbara’s to form a group that literally spanned the globe. Bill’s surviving children are Carol E. Dolan, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Judith Jobrack, and her husband Robert of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Mary Keven Dolan-Strain, and her husband Martin Strain of Petaluma, California, William “Chip” Dolan III of Austin, Texas, and Robert Madden Dolan of Brooklyn, New York. Bill is also survived by Barbara’s children, Janet C. Lucas, Esq., and her husband Superior Court Judge Michael C. Gaus of Newton, New Jersey, Joanne Kitain, M.D., and her husband Eric Kitain, M.D. of Sleepy Hollow, New York, Judy Lucas, and her husband Jeffrey Franklin, Ph.D. of Denver, Colorado, N. Treves Lucas, and his wife Kimberly of Gowanstown, Canada, and Chloe Ross, and her husband Graeme of New South Wales, Australia. Bill and Barbara’s blended family has 26 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. The children and grandchildren have cherished memories of traveling with Bill and Barbara to many exciting locations throughout the world.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton. Services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment is also private and will be held in Newton Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Perona Farms, 350 Andover-Sparta Road, Andover.

Memorial donations may be made to United Way of Sussex County, 2 Spring Street #1, Newton, NJ 07860. Online condolences may be offered at

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Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Sunday, February 17, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Celebration of Life
Perona Farms
350 Andover Sparta Road
Andover, NJ US 07821
Saturday, April 27, 2019
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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