John J. Nolan Jr., a woodworker, sailor, and jazz aficionado, died on Oct. 10 of injuries sustained in an accident at his home on North Haven. He was 53.
Mr. Nolan, the husband of North Haven Village Mayor Laura Nolan, moved to the East End in 1982. In the early 1990s, he learned the woodworking trade and established his own business, Nolan Cabinetmakers, in Wainscott, where he created fine quality cabinetry and custom millwork.
He was a “master at the helm of a catamaran,” his family said. He taught himself to play the piano, becoming a student of jazz, and later learned to play the saxophone. In addition to his passion for music, which he passed along to family members, he enjoyed a round of golf and a bowl of good Rhode Island chowder.
Mr. Nolan liked to cook, too, and enjoyed being in the kitchen with his family and entertaining friends.
Born on May 2, 1958, in Brooklyn, a son of John and Kathleen Connor Nolan, he graduated from St. Anthony’s High School in Smithtown in 1976 and attended the State University at Binghamton and C.W. Post College. He had a “gentle but resilient nature, a wry sense of humor, and a generosity of spirit,” his family said.
Besides his wife, Mr. Nolan leaves two daughters, Kerry Nolan of Bridgehampton and Katie Nolan of Water Mill. A stepdaughter, Vanessa Gobright of New York City, also survives, as do his parents, who live in Whiting, N.J.
Five siblings survive as well. They are Patrick Nolan of New York City, Maryanne Nolan of Patchogue, Timothy Nolan of South Salem, N.Y., Christopher Nolan of New Rochelle, N.Y., and Daniel Nolan of Yardley, Pa.
A memorial service was held at the Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbor on Oct. 14, drawing together family and friends to celebrate Mr. Nolan’s life beneath the arc of a rainbow that extended across Shelter Island Sound that afternoon.