Eight Bells: Bryan Dawson

Published on December 13th, 2022

Bryan Dawson

Bryan Noel “Dola” Dawson, 76, of Foxboro, MA died December 4, 2022 at HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice in Providence, RI after a period of declining health.

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, he was the son of the late Noel and R. Joan (Gall) Dawson.

Bryan was the epitome of “the world is your oyster” travelling all over the world before settling in the greater New Bedford area in 1978. He attended the Culinary Institute of America, and was well known for his delectable curries.

Besides cooking, he was skilled in carpentry, mechanics, and electrical engineering, which led him to many positions on commercial fishing boats in Alaska and New Bedford. Always a seafarer, he visited many foreign ports as a Merchant Marine.

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Bryan was an avid sailor, participating in major events such as the America’s Cup out of Newport, RI, Whitbread Round the World Race (1977-78 on the Swan 65 Kings Legend), and the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race out of Australia. He sailed on Jim Kilroy’s Kialoas for many years and was definitely a legend and quite the character.

He was predeceased by daughter Annie Dawson and survived by his faithful longtime companion of 11 years who remained by his side, Patricia Christy of Foxboro; sons Brodie Dawson of New Bedford, and Darren Taylor of Australia; sister Jennifer Reynolds and her husband, Bill of New Zealand; brothers Ian Dawson and his wife Lynette of Australia; Andrew Dawson and his wife, Cheryl of New Zealand; along with several grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Bryan’s wish was to be cremated with his ashes scattered at sea. Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St, New Bedford, MA.

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