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“Dear Madeline, Charlie, John and Frank: Please accept the condolences of Debbie and me on Dad's passing. More than fifty years have gone by but the...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: robert LOVENTHAL - LAKE FOREST, IL

“Dear Madeline & family:I am so sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. My thoughts and prayersare with you at this most difficult time.Fondly, Grace f ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Grace Alberico (Collura) - MA

“I was so sad and surprised to hear of Charlie's passing. He was such a wonderful man. I have missed working with Charlie on the Meals on Wheels...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Debbie Barry - Waltham, MA

“We were sad to hear of Charlie's death. He was a dear friend and we have many fond memories of happy times with him and Madeline. We will surely miss...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Priscilla and Mike - Friend

“To Madeline and the Whalen FamlyI am sorry about hearing the news about Charlie. I was a co-worker at Poloroid for many years with Charlie. He was...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Photios Photiou - Dedham, MA

“Dear beloved family! How sad to hear this news of your dear father (in law) and sweet Granddad! From the time we met him during the wedding we...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Erik & Marian Kijne - Almere, NL

“My sincere condolences ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Thomas Dumas

“So sorry to lose Charlie great friend Prayers to Madeline and family Thinking of. You all. Always Jane ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Jane Cadigan - Friend


Mr. Charles 'Charlie' Whalen, of Waltham, died at home on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. He was 87.

Charlie was born in Waltham on June 8, 1934 a son of the late John and Helena (Loughman) Whalen. Raised and educated in Waltham he was a 1954 graduate of Waltham High School, and served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps. He married Waltham native Madeline M. Cannistraro in Sacred Heart Church on September 6, 1958.

He worked as a machinist for over thirty years at Polaroid Corporation before retiring. He also established and operated a property management business.

Charlie was a devoted husband, parent and grandparent; a highly skilled craftsman with boundless creativity and curiosity; and a patient and talented gardener. He also had a gift for connecting with strangers, winning the trust of animals, and helping those in need.

Charlie was predeceased by his siblings John and William Whalen, Evelyn Lazaro and Rita Centola.

In addition to Madeline, his wife of almost 63 years, he leaves their sons, Charles J. Whalen (Linda) of Geneva, New York, Francis C. 'Frank' Whalen (Katrina) of Westborough and John M. Whalen (Brenda) of Lunenburg; his grandchildren, Katherine Whalen (Gerben Kijne), Thomas, David and Elizabeth Whalen, Sean and Bryce Whalen; his sister, Mary Canavan of Pembroke Pines, Florida; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private.

To view Charlie's funeral Mass please visit https://my.gather.app/family/charles-whalen on Thursday, Sept. 9th at 10 a.m.

Memorials in his name may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215 or www.dana-farber.org/gift.