Folsom Funeral Service

Mellen, James E.

James Edward Mellen, a resident of Dedham, died Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at the Milton Hospital in Milton.  He was 87. James was born March 29, 1934 in Boston, Massachusetts a son of Edson B. and Helen Mellen.  James worked as a draftsman for Draper Laboratories and was a member of the American Legion of Dedham and the Dedham VFW, and was a proud Korean War Navy veteran. He was also an avid league bowler. He was a former Coach and President of Dedham Little League Baseball and of Dedham Pop Warner Football.  James is survived by his wife Marilyn Marie (Keenan) Mellen; his daughter, Jean M. Sauer, and her husband Todd, of Boylston; his five sons, James T. Mellen, and his wife Linda, of Dedham, Robert F. Mellen, and his wife Jen, of Uxbridge, John E. Mellen, and his wife Marilyn, of Norwood, Richard F. Mellen, and his wife Michelle, of Norwood, and Steven D. Mellen, and his wife Theresa, of Dedham; his sister, Ruth Melanson of Brockton; as well as 15 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  Visiting hours will be held Monday, February 21st from 4-8 pm at the Folsom Funeral Home, 87 Milton Street, Dedham.  Relatives and friends are invited to gather at the funeral home Tuesday, February 22nd starting at 9:30 am and proceed with us to St. Mary’s Church, 420 High Street, Dedham for his funeral mass at 10:30 am.  Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury

Guestbook Entries

  1. Garry ". Sherman
    February 16th, 2022 | 6:17 pm

    We’re sorry to hear of the passing of Jimmy. He was a fixture in our neighborhood, a character, a gardener and a friend. He will be missed.

    Mr. & Mrs. Garry L. Sherman

  2. Terry Dunn
    February 16th, 2022 | 7:39 pm

    Mr Mellen have trouble calling you Jim. Great neighbor Wonderful family Truly a testament to you and Marilyn
    Always a wisecrack and a smile. Hope you and Big T hook up for a Knickobocker in the VFW in the sky. Rest In Peace lots of love and prayers for you and your family Love The Dunns

  3. Kathy Di Martino
    February 16th, 2022 | 7:40 pm

    To the Mellen Family
    i am very sorry for the Loss your Husband and Father he was a Great Man Heaven gained a Angel Prayers to all Rest in Peace Mr Mellen ❤️❤️

  4. Liza Dello Iacono
    February 16th, 2022 | 8:35 pm

    Sending our deepest sympathies to the entire Mellen Family! Mr. Mellen was the kindest and most caring man I think I have ever had the privilege of meeting. He had a quick wit & great sense of humor. I first met him at St. John’s Preschool while we waited together for the kids to be walked out school. I’d be waiting for my daughter and he would be waiting for his granddaughter. He will be greatly missed by all the lives he has touched. Such a sad loss, keeping his family in our thoughts & prayers!
    The Dello Iacono Family

  5. Beth (Monahan) Nee
    February 16th, 2022 | 10:11 pm

    Dear Jean, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved father. We haven’t seen each other for a long time but I remember you fondly and well. Please accept my deepest sympathy and prayers at this time of loss for you and your family. Sincerely, Beth (Monahan) Née

  6. Carmen
    February 16th, 2022 | 11:39 pm

    Mr Mellen was the nicest guy and a fantastic dad!
    Raised great kids!
    Carmen 🙁

  7. Kenny and Jeannie McLeish
    February 17th, 2022 | 12:17 pm

    We are so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. Jim was the best neighbor any one could ask for. We will miss gardening together but we will always cherish the beautful memories we shared over the many years. You will be missed for sure our friend.
    Kenny and Jeannie

  8. Jane and Bill McHugh
    February 17th, 2022 | 1:28 pm

    We are very sorry for the loss of your husband and father. Jim was the best neighbor, always super friendly. I remember when we moved in back in 1977, he was so welcoming and had lots of good advice for these two young kids that just moved in. So we have been neighbors for 45 years ( we referred to Jim as the “mayor” because he knew just about everyone in town and beyond) and we will miss him greatly, the neighborhood will remember him fondly for a very long time to come.

    Jane and Bill McHugh

  9. Sam Boardman
    February 18th, 2022 | 10:20 pm


    Kristel and I were so sad to hear about your father’s death. Please accept our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

    Sam, Kristel & Hannah Boardman

  10. Bill Jones
    February 21st, 2022 | 6:31 am

    Uncle Jimmy was the father figure we had growing up. We all will miss him. He will be a special edition welcomed into the kingdom of heaven. God bless, Bill, Cathy and Family

  11. Leslie (Hein) & Shawn Sullivan
    February 21st, 2022 | 7:57 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you all. Hold your memories close, smile when you think of him, and never forget all the things you loved about him. He will live on in each of you.

  12. Lisa and Chris Dempsey
    February 21st, 2022 | 9:21 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. His humble way and understanding smile will remain a comfort to me always.
    Chris’ memories of Mr Mellen go all the way back to Pop Warner football.
    The pain is deep, let the love fill your souls.
    Lisa and Chris Dempsey

  13. Lori Hein and Mike Belanger
    February 21st, 2022 | 9:31 pm

    Our sincere condolences. We have many wonderful memories of and links to your family, and Mike knew Mr. Mellen from Dedham High athletic events and experiences. Mike remembers him fondly and says, “Mr. Mellen was a great guy.” Our love and thoughts to the entire Mellen family. Sincerely, Lori Hein and Mike Belanger

  14. Micki Hein
    February 22nd, 2022 | 4:40 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know your husband, and your father, but my four daughters and sons-in laws did, and all who knew him say he was a kind and caring man; it shows in the caring and good people you and he raised together.

    Cherish all the memories of your wonderful husband and father. When the pain eases the memories stay forever and you will smile with every thought of him.

    May God comfort you.
    Micki Hein

  15. Linda (Hein) Gardiner
    February 23rd, 2022 | 5:27 pm

    I am so sorry for you loss. May your loving memories help heal your pain. Thinking of you and praying for you all.

    Linda Hein Gardiner

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