John Whalen


John Whalen, suddenly, age 53, died Thursday, July 29, in Dorchester.

Born in Boston, grew up- in Dorchester and upon graduation from High School went on to attend Massachusetts Home Builders Institute.

After graduating from Massachusetts Home Builders Institute, John excelled in his field of carpentry and quickly rose to Project Manager, working in Boston and Metro-West Areas.  He loved his work and continued to wood work throughout his life.

He never  an opportunity to spend time in the outdoors, whether it be  camping, fishing, or hiking. John most recently took trips to Montana and Florida.  Over the past few years John was able to spend many wonderful hours with his family enjoying outings and meals remaining the jokester and comic for many of these events.

Being a true Bostonian he was an avid Bruins, Pats and Red Sox fan he most enjoyed watching every game from home with his wife, Judy and 3 dachshunds by his side.

“Talented yet humble, compassionate and giving, John loved volunteering helping other less fortunate. In his quiet style, his gentle smile gave comfort to many in a very self-effacing manner”. This is how one of John’s friends Mercedes described him.

John was the beloved husband of Judith (Gamble) Whalen. Devoted son of Mary (Myron) Devine and the late Albert Devine.  Brother of Rosemary Leone of Needham and Stephen Whalen of NC.  Mourned by several nieces, nephews,  aunts, and uncles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Gregory’s Church, DORCHESTER, Saturday, Aug. 3, at 10 o’clock. Visiting Hours in the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Ave., MILTON VILLAGE, Fri. 4-7 pm. Interment

If desired contributions in John’s name may be sent to The Greater Boston Food Bank, 70 South Bay Ave., Boston, MA 02118.