Joseph A. Malone

Joseph A. Malone, of North Falmouth, Mass., formerly of Brookline, Mass., and Canton, Mass., died May 23, 2003, at his home after a brief illness. He was 86.

Malone attended Bookline schools, Boston Latin School and Harvard College. Upon leaving college, he entered the wool brokerage trade and remained active for more than 50 years. He was president of Draper & Co. and Draper Wool Inc., and traveled extensively in Africa, Australia, South America and the Far East. A veteran, Malone served during World War II as a U.S. Army lieutenant.

In 1950, he met and married the love of his life, Leona, whose death preceded his by mere weeks and they embarked on a long and wonderful journey together. Malone was widely respected as a gentleman who married business acumen with unfaltering ethical standards and deep generosity of spirit. For his community of family and friends, he was a patriarch treasured for his warmth and wisdom. He remained to the end a devoted and rueful supporter of the Boston Red Sox.

Malone is survived by his children and grandchildren Anne Malone, of Milton, Mass., Joseph, Amy and Andrew Malone, of North Falmouth, Peter, Catherine, Charlotte and Ian Malone, of Canton, John, Mary, Catherine, Benjamin and Margaret MacDonald, of Foxborough, Mass.; nephew, Richard Macdonnell, of Sarasota, Fla., and his oldest friend, Bill Prior, of Sarasota.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona M. (Macdonnell) Malone; son, Mark Malone; parents, Joseph A. and Katherine (Frain) Malone; sister, Margaret M. Malone; and brother, Robert T. Malone.

Services were May 27 at Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in West Falmouth. A Mass of Christian Burial was May 28 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church. Interment was at the North Falmouth Burying Ground, of which Malone served as treasurer for many years.

Memorial contribution may be made to the Community Foundation of Cape Cod.

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