Francis E. "Pup" Doolan


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Educator & Coach


            WATERBURY – Francis E. Doolan, 89, simply known as “Pup” or “Uncle Pup” to almost all who knew him, passed away on February 3, 2019.  He was the loving husband of the late Rita (McDonald) Doolan for almost 60 years.

            Pup was born in Waterbury on May 6, 1929 to the late Francis “Pop” and Mary Olive (Hector) Doolan.  He was a graduate of St. Mary’s Grammar School, Sacred Heart High School, where he excelled in athletics, Arnold College and Southern Connecticut State University where he received his Master’s Degree.  He was a US Army veteran during the Korean War.

            Pup was a retired educator, athletic director and coach at Terryville High School for over 30 years where he had still maintained close relationships with his former students, players and friends.  He had also been employed by the Waterbury Parks Department as a playground Supervisor during the summers for many years while he was teaching.

            Well known throughout the Irish community Pup was an active member and past president of the Monsignor Slocum Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.  Along with Bridget Collins Regan, Pup was a proud cohost of the “Voice of Ireland” radio program on WATR just before St. Patrick’s Day every year.  He also took great pride in the fact he had been named “Irish Mayor for the Day” in both Wolcott and Waterbury.

            Pup had been a lifelong New York Football Giants fan and a season ticket holder for the last 45 years.  One of his greatest pleasures in life had been spending time with family and friends tailgating and attending over 350 games.

            Pup also enjoyed extensive travel throughout the United States along with numerous trips to Ireland.  He was also a member of the Bristol Elks club and several golf leagues.  

            Survivors include his 5 children, Kevin Doolan of Waterbury, Terry Doolan and his wife Beth of Waterbury, Kerry Tutolo and her husband Steve of Wolcott, Michael Doolan of Wolcott, and Patrick Doolan and his wife Alaine of Bristol,  7 grandchildren, Michael Tutolo and his wife Amie, Ryan Tutolo and Elisa, Greg Tutolo and his wife Jess, Kerry Doolan Cyr and her husband Brian, John Doolan Olivia Doolan and April Doolan, 4 great grandchildren, Emma, Chloe and James Tutolo and Frankie Mae Cyr, also in laws, John Laudati, and John and Jan McDonald and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

            Besides his wife and parents Pup was predeceased by a daughter in law, Kathleen Sullivan Doolan and in laws, Mary Moritis, Ellen Laudati, and Frances and Daniel Altieri.

            Although Pup had accomplished so much in his nearly 90 years, we feel that his greatest achievement was that of a wonderful caregiver to Rita in her later years.  For that we are truly grateful.

            The Doolan family would also like to thank both the AOH and Cave communities for the many years of friendship and memories.

            The Funeral Mass will be held Saturday February 9, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 74 West Main Street.  Friends are asked to meet directly at the church.  Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery with military honors.  Calling hours are Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow Street.  The AOH will conduct their ritual at 6:00 p,m.

            In lieu if flowers donations may be made in Pup’s memory to the L.A.O.H Scholarship Fund, 91 Golden Hill St., Waterbury, CT 06706

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