Robert W. Dolan, 63, lost his hard-fought battle with cancer on August 8, 2019. He passed away in his adopted city of Honolulu. Robert was the son of John and Elizabeth (McGuinness) Dolan, both late of Worcester, MA. Robert, also known as Bob and "Bobby Dee", was a 1973 graduate of Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester. He went on to receive a degree from Quinsigamond Community College and to study criminal justice and business administration at Northeastern University.
Bob worked for many years with the U.S. Postal Service and Home Federal Savings Bank in Worcester. Bob’s affable nature naturally led him to the hospitality industry. He traveled to Hawaii to join the Norwegian Cruise Line’s ship "Pride of America" as a head waiter in 2006. When he left the crew, he decided to remain on land amid the beauty of Honolulu and its people. His years at the Islands Restaurant at the Ala Moana Mall brought him and the guests he served great joy.
Bob asked that Island Restaurant’s operations consultant, Paul Bishay, be recalled here for his exceptional kindness to Bob, along with that of others at Islands. By Bob’s account, Paul let him get away with murder. (Presumably, he was speaking figuratively.) Bob was also deeply grateful for the exceptional medical care he received in his later years, including the skilled and compassionate staff at the Palolo Chinese Home and Bristol Hospice.
Growing up, Bob enjoyed time at his family’s lake cottage in the summer, where he spent many hours waterskiing, boating and relaxing with friends. An avid skier, he spent winters on the slopes of New England and on one occasion, traveled to the Swiss alps.
Bob was driven by a sense of adventure. In addition to visiting various countries around the globe, he took to the skies, flying Cessna 152s and 172s. Unlike most sensible people, Bob also enjoyed jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, enjoying the exhilaration of skydiving.
He is survived by his eldest daughter, Erin (Dolan) McClintock, his younger daughter, Colleen (Dolan) Santon, as well as their husbands and children. He also leaves a brother, John "Jack" Dolan of Falmouth, and a sister, Nancy (Dolan) Jasgur of Rutland. Bob bids everyone "Aloha. Hang loose!" Private services will be held in Massachusetts.
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