Kenneth Stephen Fallon Jr.
Kenneth Stephen Fallon Jr, age 74, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, after a courageous hard-fought battle with COVID-19, #Fcovid. He was a lifelong resident of Mansfield, and as a young child, he also lived in Austria, Germany for 2 years.
Born in Boston on March 20, 1947, he was the eldest child of the late Kenneth and Virginia (Runci) Fallon. His youth was spent on the fields and courts in town with his brothers Kevin and Keith. Ken "Red" was a 1965 graduate of Mansfield High School and a standout athlete in football, basketball and baseball. He was later inducted into the Mansfield High School Hall of Fame for football in 2005.
He was so passionate about sports that quite often you would find him on a field coaching, officiating or cheering on his favorite teams. For nearly 50 years, he served as a high school football official in the state of Massachusetts, serving on the Massachusetts Independent Football Officials Association (MIFOA) and the Southeastern Massachusetts Football Officials Association (SMFOA) boards.
In 2015, he was honored by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston with the William Stewart Award as the Outstanding High School Football Official of the year. He had such devotion to the sport of football, that he loved waking up Thanksgiving morning with his bag packed and ready to go to officiate some of the oldest and biggest high school rivalries in the state of Massachusetts. Ken met many of his lifelong friends on the football field, whether they were in stripes, on the sideline or even in uniform. He has been referred to "as somewhat of an officiating legend in our area."
In 1990, Ken was co-founder of the Mansfield Girls Youth Softball League. He served as President for many years and also coached several of Mansfield's finest female athletes. He went on to assist his daughter, Kate, at Franklin High School for many seasons, influencing the lives of student athletes.
John P. Chartier
John P. Chartier, age 52, of Mansfield, passed unexpectedly, yet peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. He was the beloved husband of Laura A. (Ahern) Chartier, to whom he was wed on September 10, 2000 and the devoted father of Jack M. Chartier and Michael R. Chartier.
Born in Attleboro, MA on September 14, 1968, he was a loving son of the late Earl R., Sr. and Barbara E. (Maloon) Chartier.
John resided in Mansfield for most of his life. He grew up in town and was a 1986 graduate of North Attleboro High School. For the past thirty-five years he worked faithfully as a land surveyor for his uncle Ralph Maloon at R.I.M. Engineering in Mansfield.
John was an exceptional husband and father who did everything and worked extremely hard for his family. He loved attending his sons sporting events and will always be remembered as an easy-going man who could always be counted on to lend a helping to others at a drop of the dime.