CRANFORD - Cranford Pool and Fitness Center Facility Manager, Anne Dolan, unexpectedly passed away this past Thursday.
According to a Facebook post by her husband, Aaron Dolan, Anne passed away suddenly due to complications from pneumonia. She had been sick with the stomach flu since December 24th and got progressively worse on the 25th. She was admitted to Overlook Medical Center Emergency Room on Thursday, but by late morning, she fell into cardiac arrest.
Dolan is survived by her husband of 24 years, Aaron, son Andrew, 19, daughter Kathryn, 16, her parents, Karen and Dick Salway, brother Rick and her 3 nieces. She was a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in Recreation Therapy.
A wake will be held at Dooley Funeral Home at 218 N Ave W., Cranford, NJ on Monday, December 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, December 31 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Church at 40 Alden St, Cranford, NJ. Cranford. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, NJ.
Cranford Deputy Mayor Ann Dooley spoke about her memories and experiences with Dolan in a Facebook post on her Commissioner page on Friday:
Anne passed away suddenly yesterday. She had been our Director of the Cranford Municipal Pools for several years. The entirety of the municipal government and her co-workers now mourn her loss.
I first met Anne when she was an 11 & 12 year-old age group swimmer. She was Anne Salway then and it was my first year as the team coach. To this day, an image of Anne is the most vivid one I have from back then and it has revisited me often. She had just popped out of a cold pool on a cold day. She was half shivering but exuding pure joy after a terrific relay leg. A huge smile from ear-to-ear and eyes dancing. That image is flooding me as I write.
In her years as our Director of the Municipal Pools, no one could have cared more for the safety of members and guests or been as dedicated to her own training and learning as was Anne. She was a perfectionist about safety and the facilities as well as a vigorous supporter of her staff; they knew it and loved her for it.
Like her mom, Anne was a great teacher. She truly loved teaching our children to swim. She taught literally hundreds of Cranford children.
Anne was superior at training and certifying lifeguards and young swim instructors. Virtually every lifeguard sitting in a Cranford Pools lifeguard stand was trained by Anne.
This summer, when you watch that wonderful swim instructor teaching your child's class, you will see Anne. When you go to a swim meet, you will remember where those competitors got their start and you will see Anne. When you look up at the young men and women in our lifeguard stands doing their jobs and keeping us safe, you will see Anne.
And when those boys and girls become lifeguards and instructors themselves, and those young men and women become even better men and women, the cycle will begin again and Anne’s influence will be in yet another generation.
Now, that is a legacy.
Aaron, Andrew, Katie, Karen, Dick and Rick, you have so very much to be proud of. Peace to you all from your Cranford family.