“Bones” Mallet was prominent in AHS athletics for over 30 years. His tenure began while he was a colorful and dedicated athlete, graduating from AHS in 1944. “Bones” returned in the capacity of custodian, grounds-keeper, and maintenance supervisor from 1958 until his untimely death in 1981. “Bones” also served as a highly regarded basketball official for 23 years, retiring in 1978. Despite his impressive dedication to the AHS grounds, his impact was felt far his custodial work. “bones” cared deeply about the school and its students. This is evidenced by the yearbook dedication bestowed upon him by the class of 1971. He was known for giving students and staff pointers in both basketball and golf. It was common for him to cruise the parking lot the night before games to keep intruders at bay. The AHS gym was dedicated to Edgar J. “Bones” Mallet on February 5, 1982. reporter Dick Chaisson wrote,
“He used to sweep the gym and made it sparkle when he was a school janitor, not long ago. It became his Hall of Fame last night, a benediction to his love of youngsters and sports. tonight we mark the newest chapter in Bones’ Hall of Fame career.
After high-school, Bones enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served on the U.S.S. Blair in the European and Pacific Theaters from October 1944 – 1946. Upon his return to the area, he became an active community member. “Bones” was both a founding member and a supervisor of the Athol Little League. He was a member of the Athol Booster Association, Our Lady Immaculate Church, and past president and long time member of Ellinwood Country Club.
“Bones’ died unexpectedly at Ellinwood during a golf tournament on October 11, 1981. He left his loving wife, Garna, and three sons; Glenn, William, and Michael. Today he is survived by his two loving sons, Glenn and Billy, 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grand-children.