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By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Friends and family are mourning Tuesday’s sudden death of the sculptor who created the fan-funded Harry Kalas statue at Citizens Bank Park.

Lawrence Nowlan, the accomplished sculptor and Phillies fan who created the Harry Kalas statue, died suddenly at his New Hampshire home.  He was 47.  Known as “Doobie” to his friends, the Overbrook native was working on a statue of Joe Frazier at the time of his death.  Suzanne Norris, a lifelong friend from their high school days at Archbishop Carroll, worked with Nowlan to raise funds for the Kalas statue.

“Doobie’s passion was very evident in all of his work.  And especially the Harry Kalas statue.  I think that Doobie’s gift and ability to relate to people came through in the work that he did.”

Nowlan is survived by his wife Heather and their young children, Monet and Teelin.

Norris says Nowlan was blessed with the ability to take up residence in the heart of everyone who met him.  And she says she’s comforted to know that his spirit will live on through his work.

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