John F. Folan, 76

Mar 31, 2020

John F. “Jack” Folan, Esq., 76, of South Dartmouth, passed away at home on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. He succumbed to a glioblastoma after exceeding the initial prognosis of the disease by more than four years, with good cheer and the with the help and determination of his family, good friends, colleagues and (caring) care givers He is survived by his wife Judy Hanlon, sister Mary Farry, niece Ellen Hamilton, cousin Paul Cox and several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Born in Walpole, MA, he was the son of the late Coleman and Margaret (Farrell) Folan. Jack was a graduate of Walpole High School where he played football and basketball, Stonehill College and Suffolk University Law School. He was a practicing lawyer for more than 50 years, initially with the office of James D. Casey (Liberty Mutual) where he represented clients in various superior court venues and district courts across the Commonwealth. Forty years ago he joined the law firm of McLaughlin and McLaughlin which later became McLaughlin, Folan and McGlone specializing in litigation.

A committed Catholic, he was a recipient of the St. Thomas More award, conferred yearly by the Bishop of Fall River upon a lawyer who best exemplifies the virtues of courage, fortitude and faith.

Jack lived on the sunny side of life. He had a quick wit, ready laugh and innate generosity which enlivened and entertained those around him. He enjoyed life, people and food (not necessarily in that order). To Jack, the world was full of good guys (and good food). Jack was truly a Good Guy.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date (when the world comes back to its senses) for all to attend. Arrangements are in the care of Waring-Sullivan Home at Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Rd., South Dartmouth, MA.

In-lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to: Stonehill College, 320 Washington St. North Easton, MA ( or St. Mary’s Church, 783 Dartmouth St. Dartmouth, MA ( For online guestbook, visit: