Death of Rev. James Francis Nolan, 60, former pastor of St. Charles Church, Sugar Notch, occurred yesterday morning in his room at Baron Steuben Hotel, Corning N. Y. A Scranton native, Rev. Father Nolan was assigned to St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Elkland, Pa.
Rev. Father Nolan is believed to have been stricken with a heart seizure. He was found in his room shortly before 6:45 soon after he called his church just across the state line to make arrangements for celebrating early mass.
Rev. Father Nolan visited Scranton Wednesday and made arrangements for a friend to drive him from Corning to his church but was forced to stay overnight at the Corning hotel pending the arrival of a car to take him to Eckland.
He served as pastor of St. Charles Church, Sugar Notch, from June, 1950 until last October when ill health forced him to retire. He was then assigned to St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Elkland.
He formerly served in St. Mary's Church, Lackawaxen; St. Patrick's Church, Wilkes-Barre; SS Peter and Paul's Church, Towanda; and St. Vincent's Church, Scranton.
Born in North Scranton he was the son of the late James H. and Anna Gerrity Nolan. He was ordained May 25, 1929, in St. Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, by the late Bishop Thomas C. O'Reilly. His first pastorate was at St. James Church, Pleasant Mount in 1944. He was a graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School and attended St. Michael's College, Toronto, Canada. He took his seminary training at St. Augustine Seminary, Toronto.
His only survivor is a brother Clarence, Scranton.
The funeral will be held Monday from Holy Rosary Church Scranton.
The Wilkes-Barre Record - April 12, 1957