David "Mac" Bolan

David "Mac" Bolan

June 25, 1987 ‐ April 25, 2023
David   "Mac" Bolan
Birthplace: Kirkland, Washington Resided In: Bay Village, Ohio

What words can express what to say about David McGregor Bolan, or as most referred to him, Mac?

Mac passed away April 25, 2023 at the age of 35 leaving behind so many family and friends who so much cherish him in their hearts.

Mac is survived by his parents, Katie and Mike Bolan, his sister Sam Petitto (Paul), and most importantly his daughter Mackenzie.  Mackenzie is the most beautiful gift Mac and Mackenzie’s Mom, Emily, could ever give to this world.  Mac loved Mackenzie, often referred to as Z, more than anything in the whole universe.

Mac is predeceased by his grandparents Lucia and Joseph Ramsay (Mac) McGregor and Marion and Charles Bolan.  Our trips to Dayton, Ohio to see the McGregor family and to Fredericksburg, Texas to see the Bolan family were precious times.

Mac’s family includes his nieces Lucia and Stella Petitto, his many aunts and uncles, Pat Partin (Jim), Mary Bolan, Helen Caivano (Roc - deceased), Marvie Redmond (Roly), Jennie Bernard (Andre), Jodi Campbell (Tim), and cousins Kate Macko (Ben), Lilly Caivano (Matthew), Chloe Warner (Andrew), Sophie Redmond, Lucia Bernard (deceased), Eenie Bernard (Jake), Ben Partin (Sofia), Amy van Hasz (Marc), Bill Campbell (Sue), Tim and Molly Campbell, Kaleb Partin, Junie Macko, and Ferris and Lily Warner.

Mac was born in Kirkland, Washington on June 25, 1987, and his family moved from Seattle to Bay Village, Ohio in 1989.  His early childhood was spent on Oakmoor Avenue where he experienced fun filled times with the neighborhood kids, and developed lifelong friendships. Mac went through the Bay Village school system and made many more lifelong friends along the way.  It is not possible to list all of Mac’s long time friends, but they know who they are and how much Mac loved them, and how important they were in his life.

Many great times were had when Mac was a kid enjoying our almost weekly weekend trips to visit our friends in Grafton - Bob, Sarah, Beth, Tom and Rob Dresing.  Those were wonderful times.

Mac was a gifted athlete but did not really take to organized sports, he liked to play just for the fun of it.  His athletic grace, handsome face, and easy smile was something to behold.  Although sometimes painfully shy, he would light up a room just by being there.  He was a bit of a charmer, always polite but with a devilish grin that some found irresistible.

After high school Mac tried out college, but realized he was more of a hands on guy and liked to build things.  He went to welding school at Polaris and soon was working as a highly skilled welder and fabricator at Terex Corporation until they relocated, and then Mac continued with several welding and fabrication companies in the Cleveland area.  In the summer of 2022 Mac interviewed for a welding position at HalvorsenUSA, but given his experience in CAD and fabrication and general professionalism, he was recognized as a better fit as Manufacturing Account Manager.  Mac learned quickly and relished his new job as one that is both hands on while checking in with the shop, and at his desk working on the CAD files and the details of complicated company orders.

Mac loved spending time working in his garage shop, listening to music or watching the local sports on TV.  He had a great artistic sense as displayed in his table and art piece designs and creations, working with metal or wood.  As said before Mac was a hands on guy.  

Mac loved sports, and was a big fan of the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers, but especially the Cleveland Indians, now Guardians.  Some great times were had on opening days with his buddy Eddie Miller, and Sam and Paulie.

Mac had an especially kind and sensitive heart that was felt by all who entered his world, from his earliest years to the present.  Mac’s loving personality and kind soul was especially obvious when he was around little kids and dogs, and in such encounters his kind soul shined.  He just naturally put a smile on all our faces.

Mac loved his family and friends with a big heart, and he gave the greatest hugs of all time.  We are going to miss those so much.  We are going to miss Mac so much.  Our world was a better place for 35 plus years while Mac was in it, and while this beautiful man is no longer physically present, his great heart, kind soul, and fun loving spirit will live on forever.  Mac is now at peace.

Mac’s time on this beautiful planet was cut too short, but if there is such a place as heaven there is no doubt Mac is there now, with all the spirits of those he loves and who love him.

Mac, just know all of us still on earth love you so much.



Guest Comments

Mike Shields
Westlake, Ohio

Smacky McBlastingcsps. He was a force of nature. A Super hero in our minds. Smart, funny, handsome, compassionate. The world is a lesser place without him.

Patrick & Leia Madden
Palmetto, Florida

What a beautiful tribute to Mac!! Words can’t express, Mike, Katie and Sam, how sorry we are for your loss.
Mac was part of our tribe, raising our kids on Oakmoor and we will always treasure that time. We’ll be with you all in spirit today as you celebrate Mac’s life. He will be forever in our hearts.

Jill Carey

What a beautiful tribute to such an amazing guy. My heart is with the Bolans and I’m sending all my love.

Katie Lee Lewis
Costa Mesa CA

Dear Bolan Family! What a loss. Mac sounds so wonderful. I love the description of him being a charmer, always polite but with a devilish grin that some found irresistible! What a bright human to leave too soon. I know you will find many ways to remember him. I am so sorry for your heartbreaking loss! xoxo your California cousin Katie.

Fran LeeGazin
Irvine, California

Sending heartfelt condolences to cousin Katie and her family. xo

Sarah Sweeney
Bay Village, OH

My sincerest condolences to the Bolan family. While I have not had a chance to connect with Mac for many years, I remember this kind heart, gentle soul and beautiful smile well. I live on Oakmoor now and will remember him as I grow my garden this year.

Jeff Leitch
Avon Lake, Ohio

Mike, Katie, and family—
Just heard the terrible news and our hearts ache and break for you. You are in our prayers and we hope to celebrate Mac’s life with all who love and support you on may 18th.

Jeff & Jan Leitch

Stephen M Greene Jr.
Bay Village Ohio

Mac had a great heart and I will never forget that smile. I am so sorry for your loss at this time. My daughter is the same age as his and I will always remember how excited we would be to talk about them every time we would run into each other. My sincerest condolences.
Steve Greene

David and Dee Dewitt
Port Clinton, Ohio

Mike, Katie and Sam we are sorry for your loss. May his sweet memories comfort you. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you from your Oakmoor neighbors.

Josie Aslan
Medina OH

Dear Sam and Paul, although I did not have the pleasure of knowing your brother, he obviously was a beautiful and kind young man. I am deeply sorry that he has left your presence but will always live in your hearts.

Patrick Madden
Galena, OH

Condolences to the Boland family, will cherish my childhood memories growing up on Oakmoor with Mac. Sam will always be ‘Mac’s cool older sister’ to me, was lucky to have the Boland’s as neighbors. Please stay strong in mourning and celebrating the life of a great friend, son, brother, and father.

Chloe Warner
Oakland, CA

What a beautiful tribute to sweet Mac. Sending all my love.

Norah Fabek
Cleveland, Ohio

Beautifully and accurately written - thank you to whoever wrote this for shining some rays in what was been a strange fog since I heard the news. I will miss the hugs, laughs and smile - but will carry Mac's spirit with me in heart and mind! So much love to the family and all of the mutual friends.

Justin Frick & Halvorsen Co.
Cleveland, OH

Very tragic loss. Mac had just started with us mid year 2022, was quickly stepping into the role here and advancing his career, Mac fit right in with the atmosphere. He will be missed here at the company,

Our condolences, as a company and from all the people here, to the Bolan family.

Judy Ann Spice-Sloan
Westlake, Ohio

Mike, Katie, Sam, Emily, sweet Z, and all of Macs family, my heart is breaking for all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Nanette and Rick Siebert
Bay Village, OH

That sweet person was a big part of our extended family as our children grew up on Oakmoor. We treasure the memories and share in you loss.

Trish Murphy Landeg
Columbus, Ohio

I love you, Bolans! We have so many unforgettable memories with Sam's college at your home, and Mac was always there with his huge grin, observing us reconnect and laughing along with the ridiculous stories. He loved and was in awe of his big sister and my dear friend, Sam, and Mackenzie is one of the sweetest, coolest kids I have ever met. Love you all forever. Our hearts are broken.

Greg Nemes

My deepest condolences to your family. Mac - thanks for the truly unique memories. Anytime I'm on a bike or skateboard I think of you. Love you, brother.

Rachel Lowell
Sheffield, Ohio

I ran into Mac many times over the passed few years and he hadn’t changed a bit since high school. He shared pictures and stories of his beautiful daughter and we got to catch up on life. Mac was one of those people that you could run into after not seeing for awhile and he always had a smile and a hug to offer. He was truly special. My heart goes out to everyone that knew him and loved him.

Dave & Brenda Jacobs
Bay Village, OH

Mike & Katie, so sorry for your devastating loss…with heavy hearts…prayers your way.

Chris Siebert
Seven hills. Oh

I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. Mac was such a wonderful and warm person, always so inviting and open. I’m feel very grateful to have grown up with you all. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do.

Susan Schatzinger (Strang)
Lakewood, Ohio

I’m so sorry for your loss.

Shelley Barrett
North Ridgeville, Ohio

My deepest sympathy to Katie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Treasure your memories with Mac.

Rushdi Rashid
Fairview park Ohio

My deepest sympathies for his family. I will always remember Mac. He will truly be missed

Aaron Roche

My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who knew this wonderful man. His memories I will hold onto forever.

Clare Weiss
Columbia Station

Katie and Mike, and your family, I am so truly sorry for your loss. He always made me laugh at work. What a great heart and soul.

Max Petras
Eureka, CA

Mac was a gnarly skater, I remember many sunny summer days skating through the streets of Bay. Very sad i didn’t get the chance to say goodbye and let him know how much I loved him. I expect our paths will cross again in a future life in a distant plain. Love you Mac!


Paula Carrick
North Ridgeville, OH

what a beautiful statement about Mac. my love to the family

Michael Kennedy

I’m so grateful to have known him. His engaging smile and infectious personality was a joy to-experience . His mechanical and artistic talent is enviable and I hope he would call me his friend.

Carol and Mike Bohr
Elyria, Ohio

My deepest sympathies to the family. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Jody Knight

Received one of Mac fabulous hugs and his beautiful smiles days before his passing, loved him as my ‘fourth son’ , will truly miss you , Maaa as he always called me