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Richard Charles Dolan, age 86, passed away early Sunday morning, Feb. 23, 2020, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, following an illness. He was born in Poughkeepsie on Sept. 18, 1933, a son of the late Thomas and Marie (Germiller) Dolan Sr. On April 26, 1960, he was married to Betty Doerres Dolan, who survives. He was predeceased by brothers, Thomas Dolan Jr., Robert Dolan and Francis Dolan. Dick grew up in Hyde Park, New York. As a boy, he worked in his father’s grocery store and at the Roosevelt and Vanderbilt estates, where he met President Franklin D. Roosevelt on several occasions. He worked for IBM in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he became a member of IBM’s Quarter Century Club, serving a total of 38 years with the company. His career included volunteer work as the Director of Support Personnel during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, Assistant Press Coordinator for the New York State Empire Games and Area Coordinator for the New York Senior Games. In 1953, he enlisted in the army as a personnel specialist. He served in Germany during the Korean War, where he met Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. As a young man, he attended the Albany Business College and was a sports enthusiast. His best play on the field was catching his wife Betty, to whom he was married almost 60 years. He and Betty retired to Versailles, where he enjoyed gardening, visiting with friends and volunteering in the community. He was an active, die-hard, life-long Republican. He served in the Republican Party leadership in both Dutchess County, New York and Woodford County. A financial management enthusiast, he was a trusted source for solid investment ideas and common-sense life-planning advice. In addition to his wife Betty, he is survived by three daughters, Sharon (Matthew) Coates, Patricia Peltier and Nancy Dolan; and two grandsons, Thomas and Justin Coates. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at St. Leo’s Catholic Church. Arrangements are by the Hindle Funeral Home Inc., 271 Main St., Dansville, New York. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Patrick’s Place, 2006 Scottsville-Chili Rd., Scottsville, New York 14546. Online remembrances may be left at HindleFuneralHome.com.

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