D. Cletus ‘Clete’ Bolan passed on peacefully in his sleep on September 11, 2021. Clete was the cherished husband of Frances Gwendolyn ‘Gwen’ Bolan with whom he shared 57 years of love and adventures. Father of Nancy E. Bolan (m. to Scott P. Campbell, 1999) and Claire M. Bolan (m. to Paul McNeice, 2016), Clete’s other great loves and joy were his three Bolan-Campbell granddaughters: LilyClaire, Julia, and Sophie. Clete was the mastermind and driving force behind innumerable family escapades spanning from Egypt to Croatia to Italy to South Africa and more.
Clete was a devoted lover of the arts, sports, food, and Nantucket Island where he and Gwen spent many summers sharing their many blessings with family and friends.
Clete was born on March 24th 1939 to William and Mary Bolan in Astoria, Queens where he was a regular parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Caramel Church. He attended Rice High School in Harlem, and Iona College in New Rochelle (‘60). Clete joined the Christian Brothers in 1958 and later served in the US Army Reserves in Fort Dix, New Jersey. Clete spent his professional life as a manager with Agfa -Gevaert until 1994. Clete was pre-deceased by his older brother, William E. Bolan.
In Lieu of Flowers Contributions in Cletus’ memory may be made to either of the following:
1. Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo..)
Wildlife Conservation Society
Attention: Global Resources
2300 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10460
260 Wilmot Road
New Rochelle, New York 10804