Just because the calendar now reads 2021 doesn’t mean that the sad news stopped coming into our lives.

Last Friday, our community suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Tom Nolan at age 88.

When one thinks of sports in the Watertown-Oakville community and the people who’d be one of the faces on a Mt. Rushmore of it, you couldn’t have it without Mr. Nolan’s face carved on it; he meant that much to all levels of sports (on and off the fields of play) in our town.

Running leagues and organizations, coaching and then being there for his children and their children, he was always around with an encouraging word and a smile.

After moving here in 1969, he never left, except to venture out South Bend to watch Notre Dame football games with his faithful traveling companions, take in a Super Bowl now and then or a Final Four.

Prior to that, he served our country as a Marine during the Korean War; he simply left nothing on the plate, as you will see in his obituary.

To Mr. Nolan’s blood and extended family, we offer our sincerest condolences, and even though it’s become an overused term, know this much about Tom Nolan: His was indeed a life well-lived.

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