by Christopher Harbin

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Funeral Service (10 of 13)
Series: Funeral Resources
Chris Harbin
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 11

James Lightfoot Dolan

We have gathered to say another ''Good-bye'' to James Dolan, a man whose life touched many. Saying final goodbyes is hard. It is exhausting and perhaps harder to repeatedly prepare to let a loved one go. Somehow it makes the last good-bye seem less real when the time finally comes. Regardless of how prepared we are, death is always a shock and a surprise. We grieve for our loss at the closing of the final chapter in another's earthly life.

James was his family's rock and sense of stability. He provided for his siblings and parents when the family experienced lean times. James was the only brother that was not an alcoholic. His mother taught him always to do good to others and to look for the good in others. He found the good in live in the same manner. James returned from World War II wounded in combat, but he never complained. He never talked about the Purple Heart he received. He accepted life's difficulties by focusing on the joys that were still within reach.

Returning from war with a crippling injury to his leg, James needed therapy sessions twice a day. He paid his youngest sister a quarter to help. They manipulated the leg and strengthened the bond between them in the process. In his own needs, James found ways to help others. James helped the others through the death of his other siblings and the death of his mother. He was always the strong one, shedding tears at his mother's death only at the funeral home.

James enjoyed people, but was not very good with names. After once confusing Melessa's name, he thereafter referred to Mike and ''her''. When he was unsure of a name, he would prefer to say ''Susie Q,'' rather than make a mistake. He called whatever dog ''Sooner'' instead of worrying with a name.

James was the life of a party, with his music and dancing. Even with a crippled leg, he would and could still dance with the be ...

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