Remembering Donald Foster Mallinson

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Excerpt from Bartlett Funeral Home obituary

Donald Foster Mallinson, 88, of Falmouth, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, sailor, hiker, traveler, reader, photographer, environmentalist, progressive liberal, and prolific writer of letters to the editor died on Monday, March 11, 2024 at the McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich, MA after a winter of declining health and illness.

This curious, multi-faceted man entered the world on March 31, 1935 in Malden, MA. His father, Alexander “Scotty” Mallinson had recently emigrated from Scotland and worked on a film crew for Roosevelt’s WPA projects before a long career as a pipe fitter for Hood Milk. His mother, Helen Mae (Osborne) Mallinson, worked in government administration and drove a jaunty yellow Charger. Don had two siblings, older sister Winifred and younger brother Kenny.

Don worked various communications jobs at WPRI-TV and WGBH-TV before transitioning to marketing at EG&G and Digital Equipment Corporation. His career resulted in the family living in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

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