Kevin Nolan
June 23, 2011

Kevin Nolan passed away peacefully at Massachusetts General Hospital on June 23rd

following a brief bout with Cancer; his beloved wife of 49-years, Bonnie, was by his side.

Kevin was 69-years old.

Born in Boston and raised in Somerville and Woburn, the son of the late Francis S. and

Mary M. (Burns) Nolan, he was the eldest of 5 children. A true leader, Kevin was a

caring mentor and a wonderful and loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather,

uncle and friend.

Kevin and Bonnie returned to live in Woburn in recent years, but spent the majority

of their life together in Winchester where they raised their three children and where

three of their grandchildren live today. Kevin was an active member of the Winchester

community and impacted hundreds of children’s lives. Always a pied piper with kids,

and adults for that matter, Kevin had an ability to make sure everyone was included and

always felt welcome. Some of the most rewarding times for Kevin revolved around his

involvement in the Winchester youth hockey program in the 70's, teaching local kids to

skate during the golden years of Bobby Orr. He was a pioneer in that not only did he

work with the boys but he also helped to grow the girls’ hockey program in Winchester

that is still going strong to this day! Kevin watched with delight over the past several

weeks as the Bruins brought home another cup to Boston. The latest blessing brought

into Mr. Nolan’s life was his first grandson Nolan, born just ten weeks ago. Always on

the go, Kevin Nolan was omnipresent in the lives of his cherished granddaughters,

Bridget, Maddy, and Anna. There was never an important event in the girl’s lives where

their “Papa” was not present.

Mr. Nolan was extremely proud of his three children. In addition to his good looks, each

of them embodies the best parts of him: his son Brendan with his charm and business

acumen, his daughter Elsie uses her inherited storytelling skills as a Boston TV news

producer, and the youngest, Martha a teacher and a new mom. Each of them inherited

their father’s love of family and parenting.

Kevin and his wife Bonnie shared a love for the beaches and golf courses of Saco

Maine, and considered it their true home. Kevin fell in love with the area as a teenager

and had many close friends there; it was without a doubt one of his favorite places on


Mr. Nolan’s co-workers in his professional life were an extension of his family. He

started in the packaging industry in the 1960’s working for New England packagers

such as First National Stores, Colonial Packing, Cudahy Packing and Western Dairy

Products. In 1979 he began his long relationship with the Harlfinger family going to work

at TW Kutter. In 1997 he joined Harpak in South Easton, and was still active with the

company as its Senior Vice President. His professional relationship and friendship with

Charlie Harlfinger lasted decades, and he considered Linda and Heidi Harlfinger like


In addition to his devoted wife of 49-years, Mr. Nolan is survived by his children,

Brendan Nolan of Boston, Elsie and Bill Flaherty of Winchester, and Martha and Neil

MacKrell of Oxford, CT, his brothers, Charles S. Nolan of Natick, Michael W. Nolan of

Stoneham, Christopher D. Nolan of Wakefield, and his sister Marybeth Nolan Javidan of

Woburn. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Nolan MacKrell, Anna Flaherty,

Bridget and Maddy Nolan, and their mom Sue Costello. Mr. Nolan also leaves his

loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the

services from the McLaughlin-Dello Russo Funeral Home, 60 Pleasant Street, Woburn,

on Tuesday at 9:00 AM, followed by a funeral Mass in Saint Charles Church, 280 Main

Street, Woburn at 10 AM with burial immediately following, in Wildwood Cemetery,

Winchester. Visiting hours are Monday between 4 - 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family

asks that memorial contributions in Kevin’s honor be made to Woburn High School

Scholarship Fund, PO Box 202, Woburn, MA 01801 For directions,

or to send a message of condolence - McLaughlin – Dello Russo

Family Funeral Homes 781-933-0083.

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