Obituary of Francis M. Hancock Jr.

USNavy
World War II Veteran

FRANCIS M. HANCOCK JR., - in Woburn, January16th, at ninety years of age. Beloved husband of Betty Ann (Roe) Hancock. Cherished father of Barbara J. Callahan, her husband Francis of Woburn, Debra E. Fennell, her husband Anthony of N. Reading and Kathleen J. Masse, her husband Marc of Woburn. Dear brother of the late John, James and Fr.Charles Hancock SJ. Loving "Grampa" of Christine and Sharon Callahan, Jill, Ryan and Jodie Keeley and Douglas and Derek Masse, and great Grampa of fourteen. Relatives and friends are invited to a Funeral Mass which will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, January 21st, at 10 a.m. There are no calling hours. Remembrances may be made in Mr. Hancock's memory to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

OBITUARY:

Francis M. Hancock Jr., passed away at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington Monday evening January 16th, amongst his loving family. The beloved husband of Betty Ann (Roe) Hancock he was ninety years of age.

Born in Boston, he was son of the late Francis M. and Ellen (Sweeney) Hancock Sr. Raised an educated in Concord, he was a graduate of Concord High School with the Class of 1942. After graduating from high school Frank enlisted in the United States Navy where he proudly served his country thru the end of World War II.

Upon returning home a close friend set him up on a blind date with a lovely young woman from Acton, named Betty Ann Roe. In 1952 they married and have travelled together, side by side for the last sixty four years.

They brought three daughters into the world whom Frank cherished. They had made their home in Acton for several years and when his company, RCA moved to Medford, Frank and Betty Ann thought it would be best to move closer, so in 1959, Woburn was the place! They raised their family here taking great pride in all that the girls did throughout the years. In the late sixties he put an underground pool in the back yard. This was his dream come true!! Many, many wonderful hours right up to present day were spent in and by the pool. Family and friends celebrated each and every warm day over the years. This also included grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved swimming himself and enjoyed teaching each new generation that came along how to swim and be safe in “Grampas” pool! Much enjoyment was celebrated over the years. Frank was always the “go to guy” for anything that needed to be fixed, always finding a way. His home was his castle. Over the years their home was the hub for family gatherings and this is what Frank so loved.

Frank had retired in 1988 and they thought they may like to move south for a bit to Cape Cod, so off they went! After about five years they decided that it was time to return home. Although all the family came to visit quite regularly, they missed their every day happenings here in Woburn. When they returned they were very active in the Woburn Senior Center. Frank had been on the Council on Aging for a long time and helped out there at the Senior Center in any way he could. He was instrumental in helping out with the senior transportation, accounting questions and needs, and truly just a good friend to all at the Center for several decades.

Frank was a man of tremendous faith. He lived his life faithfully, purposefully, always having his family and friends best interest at heart.

Sadly Frank was predeceased by his parents and siblings John, James and Fr.Charles Hancock SJ.

He is lovingly survived by his beloved wife of sixty four years Betty Ann (Roe) Hancock. Cherished father of Barbara J. Callahan, her husband Francis of Woburn, Debra E. Fennell, her husband Anthony of N. Reading and Kathleen J. Masse, her husband Marc of Woburn, his cherished grandchildren, Christine and Sharon Callahan, Jill, Ryan and Jodie Keeley and Douglas and Derek Masse, and great Grampa of fourteen. Relatives and friends are invited to a Funeral Mass which will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, January 21st, at 10 a.m. There are no calling hours. Remembrances may be made in Mr. Hancock's memory to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.