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OBITUARY

John Folan

21 November, 194324 March, 2020

John F. “Jack” Folan, Esq. age 76, of South Dartmouth, passed away at home on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. He succumbed to a glioblastoma after exceeding the initial prognosis of the disease by more than 4 years, with good cheer and the with the help and determination of his family, good friends, colleagues and (caring) care givers He is survived by his wife Judy Hanlon, sister Mary Farry, niece Ellen Hamilton, cousin Paul Cox and several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Born in Walpole, MA, he was the son of the late Coleman and Margaret (Farrell) Folan. Jack was a graduate of Walpole High School where he played football and basketball, Stonehill College and Suffolk University Law School. He was a practicing lawyer for more than 50 years, initially with the office of James D. Casey (Liberty Mutual) where he represented clients in various superior court venues and district courts across the Commonwealth. Forty years ago he joined the law firm of McLaughlin and McLaughlin which later became McLaughlin, Folan and McGlone specializing in litigation.

A committed Catholic he was a recipient of the St. Thomas More award, conferred yearly by the Bishop of Fall River upon a lawyer who best exemplifies the virtues of courage, fortitude and faith.

Jack lived on the sunny side of life. He had a quick wit, ready laugh and innate generosity which enlivened and entertained those around him. He enjoyed life, people and food (not necessarily in that order).To Jack the world was full of good guys (and good food).Jack was truly a Good Guy.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date (when the world comes back to its senses) for all to attend. Arrangements are in the care of WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at DARTMOUTH, 230 Russells Mills Rd., South Dartmouth, MA. 02748.

In-lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to: Stonehill College, 320 Washington St. North Easton, MA 02357 www.stonehill.edu or St. Mary’s Church, 783 Dartmouth St. Dartmouth, MA 02748 www.stmarysdartmouth.org For on-line tributes and updates on services please visit our website at: www.waring-sullivan.com

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Meghan Sullivan

May 12, 2020

Jack was my uncle. He was very important person in my life. He came to all my sports events, graduations, and special events. It meant a lot to me to see Jack in the stands while playing basketball. But most of all Jack and Judy shared the holiday seasons with my brothers and my nieces. We had wonderful times together in Austin, Texas. He brought so much humor and joy to the holiday seasons. He was truly part of our family and will be greatly missed.

Lucy and William Sherman

April 16, 2020

Dear Judy,
We have so many fond memories of Jack over the years - all our good times at the ski house, many wonderful dinners together, cookouts at your home, our trip to Vail and Telluride many years ago. Jack was a wonderful guy as we all know - a very good wit, and good friend. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family.
I am sure Jack appreciated the wonderful care you gave him, Judy, over these past years.
Our deepest sympathy to Mary, Jack's beloved sister.
Love,
Bill and Lucy

Brenda Moniz

April 11, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was such a kind, caring man. He was my boss for ten years. He always made me laugh and truly cared about me as an employee. Jack loved my Dad's kale soup and was always so grateful when my Dad would drop off a big pan of the soup along with the Portuguese bread.

My condolences to Judy and his family. Rest in Peace, Jack. You were one of a kind.

I will truly miss you.

Love,

Brenda Moniz

Don and Barbara Strom

April 10, 2020

We were so saddened to learn of Jack's passing. He fought a long hard battle with that nasty disease. Our thoughts and prayers for his family and especially his beloved wife Judy! We have fond memories aboard their boat with Jack as Skipper when we visited Judy's sister in S. Dartmouth. What a treat for desert people of Az.
Heaven has a good man at the helm!

Richard Moses

April 9, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing after his long and courageous battle with his illness.
I have fond memories going back to when we were both young lawyers . He had a reputation in the legal community of both competence and fairness. I have seen him perform in many courtrooms and he was always prepared .
Jack was a very social person and attended many bar association outings and events much to his colleagues delight.
My deepest sympathies to Judy and family.
Dick Moses

Lisa Yauch-Cadden

April 8, 2020

We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Jack, but know that he is in a better place and at peace now. We remember Jack as a kind, gracious and thoughtful member of our class, who was quick to laugh and always listened intently to the thoughts and opinions of others. He was genuinely concerned for the well being of his classmates and always offered support and encouragement. He was a hard worker and persevered much longer than many of us would have, in the same situation. He was blessed to have a loving wife and family and we know that their strength and dedication helped him overcome many obstacles in the last years of his life. We will miss Jack and remember him fondly as an integral part of our group. Our love and best wishes to all of Jack's friends and family during this very difficult time.
Lisa Yauch-Cadden and Kari Star
Buzzards Bay Speech Therapy

Paul Roy

April 8, 2020

Met Jack when he was with Dave McLaughlin...we were friends from our first meeting, his warmth and friendliness were genuine.. I liked him immediately. Though we seldom crossed paths, every chance meeting was catching up, sharing a laugh and wishing each other well. Jack was...one of the Good Guys.

Candee and Tom LaFauci

April 7, 2020

Jack brightened up the dining room everytime he entered Thr Riverhouse Grille. Tom especially loved telling Jack how much better the Yankee's were than the Red Socks. I enjoyed singing along with along with Jack to the "oldies" station when we were working out together at the Dartmouth YMCA. Our prayers are with you all during this sad time.

Bob Peck

April 6, 2020

Jack was a special guy,who had a great personality,funny and kind. Iam so sorry to read of his untimely passing and appreciated his friendship and support during my career.My prayers to his family and close friends.

Bob Page

April 6, 2020

I met Jack in September 1961 when we both entered Stonehill College and were teammates on our intramural football team.

We also lived in the same dormitory and recall having many conversations with him about our "futures".

After graduation his future went one way and mine another. But the memories are treasures.
May he rest in peace

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

John F. “Jack” Folan, Esq. age 76, of South Dartmouth, passed away at home on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. He succumbed to a glioblastoma after exceeding the initial prognosis of the disease by more than 4 years, with good cheer and the with the help and determination of his family, good friends, colleagues and (caring) care givers He is survived by his wife Judy Hanlon, sister Mary Farry, niece Ellen Hamilton, cousin Paul Cox and several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Born in Walpole, MA, he was the son of the late Coleman and Margaret (Farrell) Folan. Jack was a graduate of Walpole High School where he played football and basketball, Stonehill College and Suffolk University Law School. He was a practicing lawyer for more than 50 years, initially with the office of James D. Casey (Liberty Mutual) where he represented clients in various superior court venues and district courts across the Commonwealth. Forty years ago he joined the law firm of McLaughlin and McLaughlin which later became McLaughlin, Folan and McGlone specializing in litigation.

A committed Catholic he was a recipient of the St. Thomas More award, conferred yearly by the Bishop of Fall River upon a lawyer who best exemplifies the virtues of courage, fortitude and faith.

Jack lived on the sunny side of life. He had a quick wit, ready laugh and innate generosity which enlivened and entertained those around him. He enjoyed life, people and food (not necessarily in that order).To Jack the world was full of good guys (and good food).Jack was truly a Good Guy.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date (when the world comes back to its senses) for all to attend. Arrangements are in the care of WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at DARTMOUTH, 230 Russells Mills Rd., South Dartmouth, MA. 02748.

In-lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to: Stonehill College, 320 Washington St. North Easton, MA 02357 www.stonehill.edu or St. Mary’s Church, 783 Dartmouth St. Dartmouth, MA 02748 www.stmarysdartmouth.org For on-line tributes and updates on services please visit our website at: www.waring-sullivan.com

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