James J. Folan, Sr.

  • Born: July 24, 1926
  • Died: April 28, 2015
  • Location: Windham, New Hampshire

Carroll Funeral Home

721 Salem Street
Malden, MA 02148

Tel. (781) 322-6322

Tribute & Message From The Family

FOLAN, James J., Sr., Captain, Malden Fire Dept., retired, of Windham, NH formerly of Malden, April 28th. Devoted husband of the late Rita (O'Shea). Beloved father of Joanne Folan of Northwood, NH, James J. Folan, Jr. of Derry, NH and the late Gail R. Folan. Brother of the late Coleman and Matthew Folan, Mary Amerault, Winifred Folan, Catherine Fisher, Julia Elwell and Dorothy McEwan. Lovingly survived by 4 grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Carroll Funeral Home, 721 Salem Street, (Maplewood Square) MALDEN on Friday, May 1st at 8 AM followed by a Funeral Mass celebrated in St. Joseph's Church, 770 Salem St., Malden at 9 o'clock. Visiting Hours in the Carroll Funeral Home on Thursday from 4-8 PM. Services will conclude with interment at Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Late WWII Navy Veteran and member of the Saugus VFW Post 2346. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-3517.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He and your Mom were lovely people and good neighbors.

Posted by Joan Robicheau-Paolin - Malden, MA   May 01, 2015


My sincere condolences to Captain Folan's family and friends.
I had the honor and privilege of working for Captain Folan on occasion, as a rookie firefighter in the late seventies. He was an "Old School" Fire Captain who led by example, and cared for his men. He, along with many of his generation, were responsible for the Malden Fire Department's much deserved
reputation as being one of the best "interior structural" departments on the North Shore.
Rest In Peace, Brother

Captain Richard Mills (Ret.)
Malden Engine 2
Nottingham, NH

Posted by Richard Mills - Nottingham, NH - Fellow Fire Officer   May 01, 2015

As a former employee of Windham Terrace, my sympathy goes out to the Folan family. Jim was always a fun guy to have around. Always good for a laugh. He will be greatly missed

Posted by Chrissie Whitehorn - Winder, GA   May 01, 2015

Sorry to learn of Jim's passing. We remember him fondly. Our hearts and thoughts are with the Folan family.
With deepest sympathy,
Hollie and Leo Gallivan
Bonita Springs, FL

Posted by Hollie and Leo Gallivan - Bonita Springs, FL   May 01, 2015

I was sorry to hear about Jim's passing. I have such fond memoiries of him at all the family Thanksgivings and other functions and visiting him and Rita here in Florida. Happy Memories help get you through the sad times. Jean Gagnon

Posted by Jean Gagnon - Palm Coast, FL - Family   April 30, 2015

Uncle Jim was a very special man. He made everyone feel like they were very important to him. He always wanted to hear how you were doing.He had a sparkle in his eyes you couldn't forget.Bill and I will miss our bi-weekly telephone calls. Rest in peace we love you Bil and Jane

Posted by A friend   April 29, 2015

He was such a great guy...... I loved that smile of his and the mischievous twinkle in his eye. He will be missed.

Posted by Beth Gentille - San Leandro, CA   April 29, 2015

Jim, Joanne and all the kids in the wonderful Folan family, i am very sorry for your loss. I remember great family gatherings and summer birthday parties where Big Jim was the life of the party. He passed on to Jim the art of being a great loving father. Everyone whose lives he touched were blessed by his love. My deepest condolences.

Posted by Ellen Vermilyea - Pembroke, NH   April 29, 2015

I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful man, grandfather to my children. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to Jim Jr., I know he was a great father, mentor, and friend. My thoughts are with all of his family and loved ones.
Ginnie Folan

Posted by A friend   April 29, 2015

Dear Family,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. We at St. Matthew's have grown to love your dad thru our many visits to Windham Terrace and by his worshipping with us at the 9:30 mass. He always had something funny to say and gave all the women kisses! Your dad was a very spiritual man and loved receiving the Eucharist. His presence will be missed by all of us. He always included the military and the firemen in his prayer petitions as well as his children and grandchildren. How he loved being with you on holidays and outings. One day I visited him while he was having lunch with some old friends. They razed him and he gave it right back, telling them that I was his new girlfriend. Now he is at peace and dancing in heaven while probably raising a glass for everyone to join him at cocktail hour!

Posted by peg donahue-turner - windham, NH - pastoral care   April 29, 2015

I'm sorry for your loss. May God give you peace by means of prayer. Philippians 4:6,7

Posted by A friend   April 29, 2015

To the family of Jim my sincere sympathy on
the passing of your dear father. I worked with
Jim for many years at Dist3. He was a pleasure to work with. A great person and a
great Firefighter,friend and gentleman.He will bemissed dearly. Marvin H. Harris retired Lieut. MFD.
Lake Worth Fl.

Posted by A friend   April 29, 2015


Jim, I'm very sorry to hear about your Dad I had some
very funny and happy memories of him when we were
younger. I only hope that those memories keep you smiling
knowing how much he loved his family. He is lovingly at
peace with your Mom and sister.
Love to you and your family
Donna Richards

Posted by DONNA RICHARDS - malden, MA   April 28, 2015