Waltham – Mr. Frank T. Maloney, Sr. died peacefully on Thursday, January 6, 2022 in Life Care Center of Billerica. He was 93.
Besides his beloved wife and soulmate of 69 years, Barbara M. (McCormack) Maloney, he is survived by his children, Frank T. Maloney, Jr. of Lexington, Kathleen M. Ferri (Curtis) of Sandwich, John P. Maloney (Kerry) of Billerica, Marybeth I. Maloney (Randy Wiggin) of Weathersfield, VT and Anne M. Grenier (Dave) of Billerica; his grandchildren, Gregory Preston, Maria Allen (Jonny), Laura Ferri, Lauren Maloney and Brendan Maloney; his great-grandchildren, Dominic Allen and Kiera Patenaude, his sister Irene Manni (Dave) of Hudson and many nieces and nephews.
Frank was born on Christmas Eve 1928 in Newark New Jersey, the son of the late Frank and Rose (Mangie) Maloney. At the age of 3 his family moved to Waltham, Massachusetts where he has been a resident since. During his youth, Frank enjoyed hiking, ballroom dancing, rowing, photography, rockhounding and running. He attended St. Charles School and graduated from Waltham High School and later the New York Institute where he majored in Industrial Photography. He worked part time at Cedric Chase Photographic Labs, Grover Cronin's Photo Section and Waltham Camera Shop.
His permanent photographic career started when he was chosen to direct a new Photo Lab being set up at Lab 16 at Raytheon. Lab 16 was the original research lab, which later became the Missile Systems Division. Having barely begun at Raytheon though, his draft notice arrived! He served proudly in the United States Army with the 97th Engineering Battalion in France and Germany during the Korean Conflict.
Frank felt the two happiest days of his life were when he first met his wife, Barbara McCormack at Moseley's Ballroom in Dedham and the day they were married in her native West Rutland, Vermont. Together they raised a wonderful family of two boys and three girls. Frank also fell in love with the pastoral beauty of Vermont and looked forward to vacationing there each year with Barbara and the kids while enjoying the company of Barbara's loving family.
Having enjoyed running in his teens, Frank decided at the age of 39 to run the Boston Marathon which he completed twice. He continued to enter 10-mile runs
for another 15 years. During the 60's and 70's he could be frequently seen jogging up and down the hills of the Highlands.
After 44 years working at Raytheon, he retired as Supervisor of the Graphic Arts Section of the Equipment Division. After a rewarding career he would stay connected with colleagues who'd become lifelong friends.
Retirement afforded him opportunities to pursue further his many interests. On any spring Saturday he might have been spotted selling some of his own historic photos of Waltham at one of the many craft fairs in the city. Photos that he'd taken in his 20's were now appreciated as nostalgic.
Years flew by with family get-togethers, lunch at the Café on the Common and weekend dinners at the Chateau. Time was saved for trips to Florida and around New England to visit friends and family. The accomplishments of his children and grandchildren filled him with pride and he was delighted to hear news of his great grandchildren.
Loving the city as he did, he quietly gave back to his community in any way needed. Whether volunteering at the Concerts on the Common, attending Mass at St. Mary's, helping out at Prospect Hill, or supporting the Public Library, Frank was there to lend a hand. A particular interest of his was the Waltham Museum where he contributed both time and artifacts. In his youth, upon hearing that his Great Grandmother was a Micmac Indian from Canada, he'd acquired an interest in native culture in the Waltham area; collecting artifacts from pre-colonial times and sharing them at the museum. He was actively involved with the Waltham Historical Society and the Waltham Arts Council as well.
Family and friends will honor and remember Frank's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Tuesday, January 18th from 4 to 7 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary's Church, 133 School Street, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Feake Cemetery. Because of Covid concerns, there will be no reception until later in the year.
A broadcast of Frank's Funeral Mass will begin on January 19th at 10 a.m. at https://my.gather.app/remember/frank-maloney-sr
Memorial donations in Frank's memory may be made to the Society of St. Vincent DePaul, c/o Saint Mary's Church, 133 School St., Waltham, MA 02451.