Frank J. Hennelly

May 11, 2016

Frank J. Hennelly
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

FRANK J. HENNELLY – in Winchester, May 11th. Beloved husband of Helen F. (Bedulski) Hennelly. Devoted father of Bert Hennelly of Westford. Patti Baxter, her husband Glenn of Melrose, Tim Hennelly, his wife Lisa,of Winchester and Thomas Hennelly, his wife Carol of Woburn. Dear brother of Rhea Mandeville of Winchester, Genie Cochran of Scituate and the late John Hennelly. Loving grandfather of Andrew, Jeff, Shauna, Lynn, Michael, Leah, Derek and Jake. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, May 14th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours Friday 4-8 p.m.. Remembrances may be made in Frank’s memory to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Frank J. Hennelly, of Winchester, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 11th at his Winchester home. He was eighty six years of age. He was the beloved husband of sixty three years of Helen (Bedulski) Hennelly.

Frank grew up in Woburn and attended Woburn schools. He enlisted in the United States Army where he served his country for eighteen months in Japan. A proud veteran, Frank reenlisted and served yet another four years, this time in Germany. Upon returning home, Frank continued his dedication to serving others and became a firefighter in the city of Winchester, a job he truly enjoyed. After his retirement from the fire department, Frank owned and operated his own business, Hennelly Oil. Throughout the years Frank also served as a volunteer for the Winchester Senior Center working as a handyman. He also volunteered with the Mission of Deeds. Frank was a member of the Winchester VFW, Woburn Elks as well as the Irish American Club in Woburn.

Frank and his wife Helen were married for sixty three years; however, they have known each other for eighty one years. They were both raised in the same home of Ann and Tom McKee. A true love story in every sense, they would reunite after Frank’s time in the Army and they were married. They brought four wonderful children into the world to whom they were truly dedicated.

Frank always had a great sense of adventure. He went camping at Nickerson State Park in Brewster for over sixty years, a pastime he greatly enjoyed. He never hesitated to take a bike riding trip and later in life he traveled all over on his scooter. At the age of fifty seven he took up skiing, sometimes making up to three trips a week to Loon Mountain. Frank became well known around town on his scooter. He particularly liked spending time at Horn Pond, which was always a place of leisure and relaxation for him.

As the years passed, Frank became a proud “Gramps” to eight grandchildren. A generous man, he always had a helping hand for everyone. He made time for people and was always positive. His positive attitude really defined him as a person. Frank loved life and all those around him. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Sadly, Frank was predeceased by his parents, Bartholomew and Elizabeth (Farhey) Hennelly as well as his brother John Hennelly.

He is lovingly survived by his wife Helen (Bedulski) Hennelly as well as their four children, Bert Hennelly of Westford, Patti Baxter and her husband Glenn of Melrose, Tim Hennelly and his wife Lisa of Winchester and Thomas Hennelly and his wife Carol of Woburn; his grandchildren, Andrew, Jeff, Shauna, Lynn, Michael, Leah, Derek and Jake. He also leaves his sisters, Rhea Mandeville of Winchester and Genie Cochran of Scituate.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, May 14th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours Friday 4-8 p.m.. Remembrances may be made in Frank’s memory to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Richard Bowen
    I had the privilege of living next door to Frank and Helen for a couple of years in Winchester. Frank quickly became a valued friend and mentor and was always willing to lend a helping hand; especially in winter when he would come out with his shovel and remove the snow from my side of the driveway. It spoke to his loving heart and his never ending sense of humanity. I will miss him greatly and wish Helen and the family peace as they move through this. I offer my deepest sympathies and sense of gratitude for having known Frank. We can all learn from his life example.

  2. Peace,prayers and blessings
    There will always and forever be treasured memories of my Uncle Frank
    Be at Peace

    Much Love, Jan Wagner

  3. Sending our love and prayers to you all. So many fond memories of Uncle Frankie!
    May you all find peace knowing how many of us care,
    Love,
    Anne & Joe Flynn

  4. My Dearest Friends and Second Family, Joan and I are so very sorry about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are will all of you at this sad time. I believe you know, Helen, how much I loved Frank. I learned so many important life’s lessons from him and from you. I will see you all soon. All our love, John and Joan.

  5. Uncle Frank was such a great family man. He loved all of us equally. His story telling was legendary! We will surely miss him.

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