NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - Family, friends and fellow service men and woman gathered to say goodbye to Sergeant First Class Nathan Dolson.
“I just can’t believe that he’s gone. He’s going to be well missed” said Marsha McWilson, a family friend.
On Saturday many loved ones said they wish they had more time with Sergeant Dolson.
“It was definitely unexpected” said Seth Freeman, Dolson’s cousin. “He was the one who took care of everybody. So this is a time where he would be the ring leader. He'd be the one coordinating rides and making sure the old folks were taken care of. We're still trying to fill that gap”.
Family members said Dolson died of a heart attack last week while he was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. Now they're saying goodbye to the 49 year old at Christ Redemption Tabernacle in Niagara Falls.
“He was a good family man. He was always willing to do anything for anybody” said Dasha Colvin, a family friend.
“He was a teacher. He lived his life as an example of being a man of respect and he definitely earned it” said McWilson.
Dolson, a Niagara Falls native, served in the army reserves for 29 years.
“He was a drill sergeant. It's interesting because Nate was always one of the shortest guys around but he always commanded the most respect” said Freeman.
Dolson leaves behind a wife, daughter and grandson. He was also an original member of the Urban Legendz Motorcycle Club.
“He was the epitome of the motorcycle club. He was our Sergeant of Arms. He kept everything in order” said Shawn Reed, Dolson’s friend.
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