Paul Faler, Longtime Board of Assessors Member, Dies at 71

Faler, who served as a member or chair of the Board of Assessors from 1985 to 2011, passed away on Wednesday at his home.

Paul Faler, a longtime member of the Wakefield Board of Assessors, passed away on Wednesday, December 14 at his Lowell Street home after a brief illness. He was 71.

Mr. Faler was well known in Wakefield for being active in civic affairs, serving on the Wakefield Board of Assessors between 1985 and 2011. In his professional life, he taught American History at University of Massachusetts - Boston from 1970 until he retired in 2002.

Mr. Faler is survived by his father Paul C. Faler of Lynnfield, his wife Karen Faler, a daughter Jessica Pierce and her husband David Pierce of San Antonio, Tex.; a son Seth Faler and his wife Whitney Faler of Ridgefield, Conn.; a son Justin Faler and his wife Elizabeth of Boston, and five grandchildren: Aidan and Anya Pierce; Lucy, Ada and Alexander Faler. He is also survived by his brother, James Faler, and his wife of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Visiting hours will be held at , 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. A private memorial service will be held at a time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hallmark Health Hospice, 178 Savin St., Malden MA 02148. 

Daniel Lieber December 16, 2011 at 11:54 AM
Paul was a dedicated public servant, good neighbor, and genuinely nice guy. He will be missed!
Mark Micheli December 16, 2011 at 02:30 PM
I got to know Paul when I worked at the Wakefield Daily Item in the late 80s. He was a smart guy who took the time to explain complicated tax matters to a young reporter. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
David Ledonne December 17, 2011 at 07:26 PM
Although we sparred in the 2002 race for the Wakefield Board of Assessors, I was always impressed by Dr. Faler's knowledge and genuine commitment to the Town of Wakefield. His passing is not only a loss to his family and friends, but a loss to the town as well.


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