By ROBERT BOSWORTH
A fund has been established to benefit the family of a former Quincy resident who died from injuries he sustained while trying to break up a fight earlier this week outside the Nickerson American Legion Post in Squantum.
Christopher W. McCallum, a husband and father of three from Bridgewater, was found injured early Sunday outside the post on Moon Island Road following a report of a large disorder. McCallum, 44, was rushed to Boston Medical Center after being found unconscious and bleeding outside the post shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday. McCallum was treated at BMC before succumbing to his injuries there Monday afternoon.
Quincy Police, along with State Police detectives assigned to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s office, are investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident.
Anyone with information they believe may assist in the investigation is urged to contact detectives at 781-830-4990.
McCallum’s passing has saddened the community especially friends who knew the young husband and father from youth and high school football in Quincy.
McCallum was a 1992 graduate of North Quincy High School and served as a captain his senior year on the 1991 Red Raider football team. He was inducted into the Quincy-North Quincy Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
“As a husband, father, friend, engineer, and teammate, Chris was the real deal,” said Sean Glennon, a longtime friend and fellow NQHS Red Raider. “There was no role he didn’t excel at and there was no chance he’d ever boast of it either. The night Chris was inducted into the Hall of Fame he spent most of his speech praising another inductee (Graham Chevry) who he had played against because it was never about Chris.”
Ryan Craig, another friend and Red Raider head head football coach, said:
“Chris McCallum was a great man. I have come across many people in my life and have never met a better person than Chris. As we all try and process what has happened to Chris and his family, please take a little time to say a prayer for them all, and if possible please donate what you can to help them out in this very difficult time.”
McCallum was married for 20 years to his wife, Kathy (Doyle) McCallum, who is also originally from Quincy. They have three sons: Ryan, a junior at Bridgewater-Raynham High School; and 13-year-old twin boys, Michael and Christopher.
McCallum was also the captain of the 1991-1992 North Quincy hockey team. He played for the Squantum Sailors Youth Football team and after graduating NQHS played football for Mass. Maritime Academy from 1992-1995.
He graduated in 1996 and went on to work as an engineer.
To make a donation to the Chris McCallum Family Fund, visit: gofundme/chris-mccallum.
There is a link to make a donation to assist the family.
Also posted is a message which appears below:
“In the early morning of Sunday, January 27th, Christopher W. McCallum of Bridgewater, MA sustained a life-threatening head and brain injury while trying to break up a fight outside of the Nickerson Post in Quincy, MA. Chris was transported to Boston Medical Center where their trauma team worked tirelessly to try and save him but unfortunately, the injuries were too severe. Chris passed away Monday afternoon, Jan. 28th surrounded by his family and his closest friends. Chris was the quintessential good guy, passionately willing to help anyone in need whenever possible. He was a fiercely devoted husband, father, son, brother, and friend. Also beloved by nieces and nephews, there was no audience that didn’t see the overwhelming good in Chris from first blush.
At this time, we are reaching out to the community for prayers and strength for the collective family he leaves behind. As we mourn this sudden and tragic loss, we ask that you give the family space and not reach out to the immediate family as we mourn. Chris worked tirelessly to provide for his family and the void he leaves today and forever is immense. Recognizing the family’s long-term needs, prayer posts and well wishes are more than welcome on this go fund me page that we established to help Kathy and the boys grieve this tremendous loss.”
Below are some Quincy Sun archive photos of Christopher McCallum from his high school days.