Louis V. Dolente Jr., partner in the Louis Dolente & Sons contracting business for more than 40 years, died June 25. He was 81 and lived in Havertown, PA.
Dolente was born and raised in West Philadelphia and was a 1941 graduate of the former St. Thomas Moore High School and attended St. Joseph’s University.
He worked for a time for the old Baldwin Locomotive Works and the Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. before becoming a heavy-equipment operator at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
After World War II, he returned to the family construction business, where he remained until his retirement in 1989.
“The distinctive characteristic of his personality was that he was a dynamic, all-embracing, fun-loving individual who leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter,” his family said.
He is survived by three sons, Louis III, Gerard J. and Michael; two sisters, Elizabeth Ruggieri and Rose Dolente; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, Marie Mainardi Dolente in 1947 and a daughter, Janet A. Dolente Stefan in 1996.
Funeral services were held at St. Denis Church, Havertown.