Myles Joseph Nolan was born on July 18, 1928 to Theresa and Thomas Nolan, in Dublin, Ireland. The second youngest child, Dad grew up with 5 sisters: Aunts Flo, Teasie, Eileen who are in heaven, and Aunts Betty in London and Phyllis who lives outside Cork. Growing up near St. Stephen’s Green, his Sisters and Mother were the center of his life along with their Catholic faith that guided and inspired them (Dad was 2 years old when his Dad died unexpectedly).
Dad attended the Bolton Street College of Technology while working as a mechanic. His experience with cars and motorcycles and the good luck of the Post Office modernizing, got him a job in the Post Office Inspection Branch, teaching the mail men to drive and deliver mail via jeeps and motorcycles all over Ireland. This position led him to take a national exam which he passed and became part of the first group of Irishmen to join the United Nations, serving 10 years all over the world.
Initially, Dad was stationed in India, then sent to Jerusalem when fate brought him to a US Embassy party in Damascus, Syria where he met a charming American. Soon afterwards, he married, the love of his life, Mary at St. Louis Catholic Church in Englewood.
Eventually settling in Littleton, Dad worked for an engineering firm that paved the way to a career with the Burlington Northern Railroad. While working, he took night classes attending Colorado School of Mines, ACC, graduating with a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Colorado. During this time he was also building the basement and took us on annual family vacations. A family man, he enjoyed music and playing the piano. He remembered the lyrics to numerous vaudeville songs and knew how to relate to most people. A man of faith, family, and fun – he took his responsibilities seriously and impressed upon us these virtues. Dad said his greatest achievement was our family.
Dad is survived by his two sisters, six children and their families--including eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and their families located in England, Ireland, Australia, Monaco, Colorado, Mississippi, Louisiana, and California.
A Recitation of the Rosary will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM prior to a Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church with interment following at Littleton Cemetery.
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