Published in the August 21, 2015 edition

James-Falzarano-obit-8-21-15-webMELROSE — James J. “Jim” Falzarano, 88, passed away at his home in Melrose surrounded his loving family on Aug. 13, 2015.

Jim was born in East Boston on Sept. 7, 1926 to late Vincent and Angelina (DeFronzo) Falzarano. He was raised in East Boston and graduated from Mechanic Arts High School in Boston. Mr. Falzarano entered the service after high school and served his country with pride in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Jim lived in Malden from 1954-1968 before moving to Melrose, where he has been a resident for the past 47 years. Mr. Falzarano worked as a mechanical engineer at WNA Comet Products East in Chelmsford for over 30 years. He was always the “go to guy” if a problem arose and needed to be fixed and was always there to help out family and friends.

After his retirement, Jim started the Whale Tales By Angela Company, making beautiful plastic whale tales of any color, selling them to family and friends and then donating the money to charity. Jim had a heart of gold, a great sense of humor and loved spending time with his family and friends. He and his wife Angela traveled extensively throughout the world and loved taking their family members on wonderful vacations. Jim was also an avid golfer and a member of the Mount Hood Golf Club in Melrose.

Mr. Falzarano was the beloved husband of 65 years to Angela M. (Pisaturo) Falzarano. He was the devoted father of Jim Falzarano of London, England; and Linda M. Hanson and her husband Gregory of Malden. He was the brother of the late Richard Falzarano and Frances DiPaolo. He was the caring brother-in-law of Antonio and Joan Pisaturo of Malden. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., Melrose on Wednesday, Aug. 19. Jim’s funeral was held at the Gately Funeral Home on Thursday, Aug. 20, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Incarnation Church, 425 Upham St., Melrose. Entombment with Military Honors at Holy Cross Mausoleum in Malden. Memorial contributions may be made to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, 290 Summer St., Yarmouth Port MA 02675 or at To send a message of condolence please visit