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Alain Jules Bollag

July 15, 1947 December 25, 2016
Alain Jules Bollag
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Alain Jules Bollag was born in Basel, Switzerland on July 15, 1947 to father John Bollag and mother Lynn Tubiana Bollag. In 1954, Alain, along with his parents and siblings, immigrated first to Hells Kitchen and then to Riverdale, New York. He watched protectively over his little sister, Michele, with whom he always remained close. When he moved to the United States he spoke only French and German, but through his love of basketball, his friendly and easy going nature, his wonderful sense of humor, and his adventurous forays throughout the Bronx and Manhattan, he learned English and made New York his permanent home. Alain started college on a basketball scholarship at Southern Illinois University in 1965, and then joined the U.S. Air Force where he served during the Vietnam War in the Philippines and at various other locations in the United States. He then finished his undergraduate studies at City College in New York. On July 15, 1975, Alain’s 28th birthday present was the birth of his first daughter, Stefani Britt, who was followed by his second daughter, Caralyn Dawn, on January 9, 1978. On February 15, 1984, Alain married his wife of almost 33 years, Paulette, and gained another daughter, Marni. Alain and Paulette settled in Mamaroneck, NY and spent their years together raising their children, traveling, playing golf and tennis, seeing every movie, and laughing and making memories with countless dear friends. Duplicate bridge eventually became Alain's favorite game and he was quite good at it, and was even sometimes willing to play with Paulette. In his last decade, many of Alain’s happiest thoughts were of his grandchildren. He went to New York to ride the trains, subways and ferries, and to seek out favorite street performers with his grandson, Lennox, and also spent joyful time playing with granddaughter Sage, who preferred to ride the bus. He made many trips to Boston to see grandchildren Abby, Quinn and Lucy and especially enjoyed watching their swim meets and teaching them card games. Alain was also proud of his grandchildren Nicole and Anthony. Alain is survived by his loving wife, Paulette, his daughter Stefani and son-in-law Adam, his daughter Caralyn and son-in-law Anthony, and his daughter Marni and son-in-law Tim. Alain is also survived by 7 grandchildren: Abby (12), Quinn (10), Nicole (8), Lucy (7), Lennox (6), Sage (3) and Anthony (3). He is also survived by sister Michele, brother-in-law Frank, brother Francis, and sister-in-law Debbie. Donations in Alain’s memory should go to Cancer Support Team, a charity for which he volunteered,
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