Charles "Bud"'s Story
Charles Halliday “Bud” Dolan passed away on August 14, 2017 at Kaplan Family Hospice House, at the age of 93. Born on September 19, 1923, Bud was the son of the late Frederick and Marion (Halliday) Dolan and the second oldest of eight children. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 64 years, Mary (Doyle) Dolan, in 2014.
Bud Dolan lived 34,294 days and treasured each. Regardless of the weather, the news, political landscape and his personal challenges, Bud always found a reason to laugh. Known for his quick wit and wry sense of humor, he measured his success by the laughs and smiles he elicited from those around him. Bud found his greatest joy in the happiness of others.
As a young boy, Bud’s first job was selling newspapers on a street corner in Arlington during the Great Depression. He often shared his story about the special gift he received one Christmas. After purchasing a newspaper, a customer handed him a small box and wished him a “Merry Christmas.” Inside, Bud found a paper scroll tied in ribbon - a gift certificate for a new pair of shoes. Like many people at the time, Bud’s shoes were worn out and patched with cardboard. Someone noticed and reached out to help. Decades later, this story still moved Bud to tears. He never forgot the man’s kindness and paid it forward throughout his life. He treated friends and customers as family and was always there to offer a helping hand.
A highly decorated veteran of World War II, Bud served in the infantry in the Battle of the Bulge. He was proud of his service but did not consider himself a hero. Bud felt he was simply lucky. In 2009, he was honored at Newburyport City Hall for a photo taken of him, as part of the “Dear World” project, and his message: “Halt War.” He was quoted as saying “no war has ever been started by a serviceman or servicewoman - they simply fight the wars.” He had the utmost respect for all those who served on the front lines, and concern for all those whose lives were put in harm’s way.
Known simply as “Papa” to many, Bud treasured time with family and friends. He spent countless hours with his children and grandchildren at playgrounds, the beach, Canobie Lake, museums, libraries and zoos. His thirst for knowledge was endless and he inspired others to question and learn. He surrounded himself with books on politics, religion, history, Ireland and the New England region. Over time, he expanded his library, making it a point to learn about other topics of interest to family members and friends. Visitors always left with a gift – a special book he selected just for them.
Bud’s appreciation for life continued into his final years while living at the Elizabeth Calsey House in Amesbury. He cherished his friendships with other residents and the devoted staff. He lovingly referred to them as his “other family.” Bud’s family will be forever grateful for the love and care he received.
Bud is survived by a daughter, Charlene K. Dolan and son-in-law, John MacDonald, III of Amesbury; a son, Charles H. Dolan Jr. and daughter-in-law, Carolyn Blaydes of Arlington, Va.; his beloved grandchildren, Charlene MacDonald and her husband, Shawn Martin of Alexandria Va.; Julia Dolan of The Plains, Va., John MacDonald, IV and Laura Hester of Sandown, NH and Marion Dolan of Arlington, Va. He is also survived by his cousin, Edna Mullen of Wenham and was predeceased by his seven siblings, Frederick Dolan, Blanid Croke, Priscilla Topping, Raymond Dolan, Regina Joyce, Marie Mulligan and Nancy Dolan.
A private memorial is being planned. In lieu of flowers, donations to Our Neighbor’s Table, P.O. Box 592 Amesbury, MA 01913 would be appreciated. Bud was one of the original volunteers at Our Neighbor’s Table in Amesbury and a longtime supporter of its mission. Arrangements were made through Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury.
Published on  September 8, 2017