Wednesday, November 16, 2011

In Memorium: Pat Dolan, Queens Community Leader

Photo courtesy of Bates, Susana Freelancer & NY Daily News
I was shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Patricia Dolan, the President of the Queens Civic Congress, and a long-dedicated borough-wide advocate. She was struck by a car on the evening of November 15th at the intersection of Hillside Ave & 198th St. She was 72.  
Pat Dolan worked at the Queens Community House, and directed a para-transit system to aid senior citizens. She was the Chair of the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association, and was a founder of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy. One of her priorities was advocating for the protection of Queens neighborhoods from overdevelopment.
In a public statement, Queens BP Helen Marshall said, "Last night, the people of Queens lost a terrific and tireless leader who fought with knowledge and passion for libraries, senior citizens, parks, children, transportation safety, and every other issue that affects all of us. Pat dedicated her life to Queens. She was the epitome of a civic leader and the definition of a community leader." 
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn told the Daily News, "I am deeply saddened to have learned of the tragic death of Patricia Dolan, one of our city's great civic and community leaders. Pat was extremely involved in the preservation of quality of life not just for Queens residents, but for all new Yorkers. She was interested in and dedicated to making the city a better place to live.”
She will be greatly missed. We must continue to work together to preserve and fulfill her legacy, benefit from her teachings, and make our borough and city a safer and more attractive place to live and visit.
Memorial services for PATRICIA DOLAN
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Schwartz Brothers - Forest Park Chapel
114-03 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, NY 11375
(Queens Blvd. and 76th Road)
Douglaston Patch, 11/16/11 
Times Ledger, 11/16/11  
NY Daily News, 11/16/11
NY Daily News, Article II, 11/16/11  
Queens Chronicle, 11/16/11 

1 comment:

  1. I am still shocked from the news ,I done some small jobs for Pat ,a lovely wee woman with a heart as big as queens ,and a drive equal to that ,the last job I done on America was to fix some caping on her house that was damaged by the twister the year before ,such a good woman ,will be missed greatly ,rip Pat