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Bolan, D. Cletus “Clete” March 24, 1939 - September 11, 2021

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..)

OR call our donor services team to donate by credit card over the phone at 718-741-1654
OR mail a check to the below address and include Cletus’s name along with the donation.

Wildlife Conservation Society
Attention: Global Resources
2300 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY  10460
2. Edmund Rice Christian Brothers Foundation
Or send checks to the below and include Cletus’s name along with the donation to:
ERCB Foundation
260 Wilmot Road 
New Rochelle, New York 10804 

Calling Hours: 2 to 5 pm, Sunday, September 19, 2021

Mass: 10:45 am, Monday, September 20, 2021 at St. Joseph's Church, Bronxville

In Lieu of Flowers: Contributions may be made to either Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo..) or  Edmund Rice Christian Brothers Foundation


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    Kevin McTigue says

    May his memory be a blessing to his family, and may his soul be elevated.

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    Joe Webb says

    Our paths crossed so briefly, so many years ago, but we had much laughter about the incongruities of life and the plodding bureaucracy of daily business. I still have the note he left me on my last Agfa day those 40 years ago and I still laugh when I see it. Such an innately good soul navigating life’s many challenges. Prayers for you all. Cherish the best and happiest memories.

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    Jeffrey Green says

    Clete was a great asset to Agfa-Gevaert, and a very conscientious contact for both our dealers and customers.
    He was also proud of his Irish heritage, and to my knowledge never missed a St. Patrick’s day parade in New York.
    My condolences to his family.

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    Harry Miller says

    Gwen and family,
    Please accept our families deepest condolences in Clete’s passing. I worked with Clete many years ago at Agfa and always appreciated his sense of humor, perspective on life and work ethic. May the pleasant memories of you life together rest in your heart and give you peace. Respectfully, Harry Miller

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    helen molanphy says

    Gwen and family,
    John and I grieve with you over the loss of Clete. We remember his devotion to family and friends and his great sense of humor and intelligence. May you find comfort remembering his love for you.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers – Love, Helen and John Molanphy

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