Melbourne: (321) 724-2222
Palm Bay: (321) 724-2224
Rockledge: (321) 632-1350
Titusville: (321) 264-6131

Walter Anthony Nolan


Let the family know you care by sharing this tribute.

Walter Anthony Nolan

October 27, 1934 – January 7, 2019

Walter Anthony Nolan, late of Melbourne Beach, Florida, formerly of Norwalk, Connecticut, Long Island, New York and New York City, passed away peacefully early Monday morning at Autumn House ALF. A loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, he is survived by his current wife, Barbara, his first wife and the mother of his three children, Judy, his daughters Nancy (Brian) Fehrenbach, Jill (Sten) Westgard, grandchildren Kate, Monica, Maren, Clara, Alison, Henry and Keith, brother Ken, sister Helen Larkin, many nieces and nephews and daughter-in-law, Joy Linscheid. He is preceded in death by his son, David, sisters Catherine Levins and Mary Seghini, and brothers Frank, John, George and Arthur.

Walter was born and grew up in New York City, the second youngest of nine children to parents William Nolan and Catherine Nolan, nee Coyne, both deceased. He joined the United States Navy at 17 and was honorably discharged in 1955.

A graduate of Iona College in New Rochelle, NY with a degree in Economics, he went on to earn an MBA from St. Johns University in Queens, NY. He retired in 1998 after a 40 year career with TIAA-CREF, a financial services firm headquartered in New York City.

Walter, known for his brilliant mind, generous spirit, sense of humor and wisdom, dispensed thoughtful advice when asked by family, friends and colleagues. His devotion to family, love of New York City, the beach, a large steak and a very dry vodka martini were legendary.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Always in our hearts, we celebrate the full life he lived to the very end and rejoice that he is now free of his long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in Walter’s memory please consider Bright Focus Foundation, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871. You may direct your donation to Alzheimer’s Disease Research.

There will be no funeral service at this time. A memorial gathering to celebrate Walter’s life is planned for a future date.



Let the family know you care by sharing this tribute.


Dan McKnight

January 9, 2019, 4:20 pm

My condolences to Walter’s family and friends. Our careers overlapped at TIAA-CREF. He was a superb and dedicated manager with a great sense of humor.

John Wesley

January 9, 2019, 5:20 pm

Walter was his own man. He always challenged me at Ron McPhee’s weekly staff meetings when I was a rookie product manager. He kept me on my toes. Since I was always first on the agenda I would talk while the gang ate those great lunch spreads Ron was famous for. He was a good man and his family should be proud of him.

Thelma Toomey

January 9, 2019, 5:25 pm

My Deepest Sympathy to Barbara and family. Walter will certainly be missed especially his great sense of humor. 🙏🙏

Maureen McLaughlin Schmitz

January 9, 2019, 6:32 pm

My condolences to Barbara and the entire Nolan family. Brings back many memories of the years we all spent at TIAA. Walter was a big part of the companies success. He truly cared for his colleagues and people who worked for him. He lived a very happy and full life

Joe and JoanPanus

January 9, 2019, 8:10 pm

The memories of people we love live in our hearts forever……
With deepest sympathy.

Deborah Maloney Giordano

January 9, 2019, 9:15 pm

I was Walter’s secretary before he promoted me to work for Ron McPhee. He was a great boss and an awesome gentleman. I truly enjoyed working with him. Sincere condolences to Barbara and family.

Jane Burgman-Adams

January 9, 2019, 9:28 pm

A true value of TIAA-CREF. His values are examples of Life. Let’s all live by them. May he rest in Paradise and his Family have comfort in knowing this.

Claire O'Neill

January 9, 2019, 11:33 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss. My sincere condolences.

Ward O'Neill

January 10, 2019, 10:43 am

Walter exemplified the TIAA-CREF mission of providing the best possible service to all participants. It was a pleasure and a privilege to have known him. I’m afraid TIAA’s tremendous growth has resulted in a confusing organizational set up that often makes personal contact very frustrating and difficult.

Linda Sierra

January 10, 2019, 2:16 pm

My deepest condolences to the Nolan
Family. He was a great person and a great boss. He will be missed.

Carol Nelson

January 10, 2019, 3:59 pm

My deepest sympathy to Barbara and he entire Nolan family.

Joe and Lily Thimm

January 10, 2019, 4:21 pm

So sorry to hear about Walter ‘s passing. We miss him at Tramore. Our sincere condolences to Barbara and family.

John McGovern

January 10, 2019, 4:58 pm

Sincere sympathy to Barbara and the Nolan family.

Elaine Jacobs

January 10, 2019, 6:33 pm

My condolences to Barbara and the Nolan family. I enjoyed working with Walter at TIAA as our paths crossed so many time when we work on projects together. He was a great guy to know.

Frank Gilroy

January 10, 2019, 6:44 pm

My sincere condolences to Barbara and Walter’s family.Walter was not only my boss during most of my time at TIAA but also my mentor and trusted friend .He not only taught m. a lot about insurance but also about management,leadership and human relations.Must of whatever success I had at TIAA was because of Walter.I am truly grateful for Walter’s help,guidance and friendship.

Maureen DeMarco

January 10, 2019, 9:31 pm

I am truly saddened to hear of Walter’s illness and his passing. Walter and I worked together for many years. Walter was always there to offer advice and counseling and he ran an underwriting shop to be proud of. Walter let his concern for all he knew and loved be known. My sincere condolences to Barbara and the Nolan family. Walter, you will certainly be missed by all. Rest in peace.

Richard Gibbs

January 11, 2019, 6:44 am

My sincerest condolences to Walter’s wife Barbara and Walter’s entire family. I admired Walter’s strong work ethic, great wit and wonderful sense of humor throughout his extraordinary 40 year career at TIAA.

Bill & Pat Ferris

January 11, 2019, 10:13 am

Our condolences to Barbara and the entire Nolan family. We only knew Walter during his time in Melbourne Beach, but remember his great sense of humor and his fun loving spirit. He will truly be missed.

Lynn Levins

January 11, 2019, 6:31 pm

Many of us didnt know the Walter of TIAA; but as the wonderful uncle,trusted brother,loving father +father in law,generous grandfather and treasured friend. He was loyal,kind and quietly funny. Deepest sympathy to you Barbara and to all who truly feel the loss of a great man.

Carmen Jimenez

January 15, 2019, 5:16 pm

My heartfelt sympathy to Barbara and the Nolan family. Mr. Nolan was a gentle lovable man. May God grant him eternal rest.

Leave a Condolence

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *