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John James Whalen
05/28/1955 - 03/21/2022
Obituary For John James Whalen
John James Whalen III, "Jack" or "Coach" to many, of Fall River, MA, passed away, Monday, March 21, 2022, at his home in Fall River, MA.
Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late John James and Louise (Pacheco) Whalen.
Mr. Whalen had worked as a sales representative at New England Tool, Shawmut Metal Products and Handy & Harmon for over 40 years, retiring in 2011. He was perhaps better known as a teammate to many on a variety of championship winning teams, particularly mens softball as well as a football coach to generations of young athletes that played for him at the pop warner, high school, and college levels. He was also a legendary storyteller with great comedic wit and a true fan of Michigan football, history, vodka, his grandfather, his Irish roots, and most importantly, his friends.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen A. Mello of Fall River, MA, a son, Thomas D. Whalen and his fiancé Carolyn of Westport, MA, his ex-wife and still close friend, Robin Whalen, three step daughters, Elizabeth Mello of Franklin, MA, Kathryn Mello of Somerset, MA, and Lynn Souza and her husband Mark of Marion, MA, two sisters, Patricia Saunders of Bristol, RI, and Lori Taylor of Bristol, RI, and three step-grandchildren, Emma, Ava, and Benjamin.
Calling hours are omitted.
Funeral services and burial are private, but an Irish Wake is being held in his memory at Aidan's Pub in Bristol, RI from 12-3 pm on Saturday, March 26th. All those with a connection to Jack are welcome to join to celebrate his life.
Arrangements are by Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd., Warren, RI.
Information/On-Line condolences please visit- www.wjsmithfh.com