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Alfred N. Tolan
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Alfred N. Tolan of Boynton Beach, Florida passed away October 5, 2017 at the age of 89. Al was born March 14, 1928 in Haverhill, Mass. He grew up in Kennebunk, Maine and Newmarket, NH where he was a proud graduate of Newmarket High School, class of 1946. Al obtained a degree in accounting at the University of New Hampshire in 1950 and then served in the United States Air Force, where he graduated from Officers Candidate School in Jay Flight in 1952. Following his service, he joined Simplex Wire and Cable Company as a cost-accounting clerk, completed the Middle Management Program at the Harvard Business School in 1958, and in 20 years rose to be the president of Simplex. After Simplex was sold, he held executive positions at North American Phillips, Magnavox, and Brinks before finishing his career with Air Express International.
Al was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Bertha (Roffman) Tolan and his sisters Edna and Dottie. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Gwendolyn, and sons Jeffrey of Ottawa, Canada and Edward of San Francisco and daughter Diane Marget (Lawrence) of Needham, Mass., as well as grandsons David and Mark , niece Janet, and nephews Joel (Deborah), Stephen (Annette) and Michael (Addy). Al and Gwen raised their family in Exeter and Durham, NH, Mahwah NJ and Fairfield and Madison, Conn. before retiring to Florida. Al was deeply devoted to his family. In his spare time, Al enjoyed making repairs around the house, gardening, cooking pancakes, bicycling by the beach, fishing, and regaling his children with stories about life during the Depression and WWII, his friends in Newmarket and his experience in the Air Force. In addition to his accomplishments in business, Al enjoyed mentoring young people and took great pride in observing their own successful careers.
The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the staff and friends at U.S. Renal Care of Boynton Beach.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his funeral service on Tuesday, October 10 at 11 am at H.L. Farmer and Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill, Mass. Burial will follow in Children of Israel Cemetery, Haverhill. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave, Norwood, Ma 02062

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H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home - Haverhill

106 Summer Street
Haverhill, MA 01830

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Children of Israel Cemetery

385 Middle Rd.
Haverhill, MA 01830

Memorial Contribution

National Kidney Foundation

85 Astor Ave
Norwood, MA 02062

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