Francis J. “Franny” Maher

November 8, 2018

Francis J. “Franny” Maher

Francis  J. “Franny” Maher – in Wakefield, November 8th, 2018 at sixty four years of age.  Beloved husband of Cynthia  E. “Cindy” (Cronin) Maher of Wakefield.  Devoted father of Francis J.”Frankie” Maher Jr. and Shannon E. Maher both of Wakefield.  Loving brother of Elizabeth “Beth” McCusker, her late husband David and their son Brian McCusker of Melrose and the late Maureen Maher.  Cherished “Grampy” of Ryder.  Dear son-in-law of Mrs. Bernice”Bernie” Cronin-McDonald of Wakefield.  Frannie is also survived by many loving cousins and dear friends.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 13th in St. Joseph’s Church, 173 Albion Street, Wakefield, at 10.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, November 12th from 4-8 p.m.  Please, at the family’s request in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Franny’s memory to the Lahey Health at Home, 800 West Cummings Park, Woburn, MA 01801.

Francis J. “Franny” Maher, of Wakefield, died peacefully, early Thursday morning, November 8th, 2018, at his home, after a brief battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Cynthia E. “Cindy” (Cronin) Maher, he was sixty-four years of age.
 
Born and raised in Woburn, Fran was a son of the late Francis and Elizabeth “Betty” (Cantillon) Maher. He attended St. Charles School and was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1972.
 
In 1982, Franny married the love of his life Cindy Cronin. Cindy was not only his wife, but his best friend and confidant throughout thirty-six years of marriage. They made their home in Wakefield where they raised their two children, but never forgot his roots here in Woburn.
 
Upon graduation from High School, Franny began working for New England Telephone Co, which later became a part of AT&T where he remained for close to 33 years, retiring at the age of 50. After retiring, Franny took up painting, for friends and family which he really enjoyed. When he was not busy painting, Franny drove a shuttle bus for Woburn Toyota for a good number of years, meeting, greeting and bringing people to their destinations, several days a week.
 
When Franny wasn’t working he would be found at home, with his family. Together they truly enjoyed each other’s company! Family trips over the years were always an adventure! Whether it was ski trips to Loon, which they frequented during the winter months, summering at Hampton Beach or nestled in at the White Mountains, to fish and camp. Hampton Beach was their family vacation destination. And Every year since he was a child, aunts, uncles, cousins and family members would arrive for the summer and the different families as they grew older with their own families, would return for two weeks……so enjoyed by all! Fran could also be found out and about on a golf course, enjoying the company of friends. An avid sports fan throughout the years Franny enjoyed all seasons. When baseball or football games were on TV, he could be found in his Man Cave with family and friends.
 
Over the last decade, Cindy and Franny would take their “mini get-away’s” for a couple of days, always remaining not too far from home! Franny’s family was his world. All throughout his life, family was first, unquestionably. Franny was a very, honest and fiercely loyal person, who said what he thought and yes, meant what he said! His exterior at times could be a little gruff but beneath that surface there was a most kind, gentle, selfless and thoughtful person. Franny will be deeply missed by all those who had that wonderful pleasure of knowing him and without a doubt, his spirit will live on!
 
Sadly, Franny was predeceased by his parents, Fran, Betty and sister Maureen Maher. Along with his wife Cindy, Fran is survived and will be deeply missed by his children, Francis J.” Frankie” Maher Jr. and Shannon E. Maher, both of Wakefield; his sister, “Beth” McCusker, her late husband David and their son Brian McCusker of Melrose and the late Maureen Maher. He was the cherished “Grampy” of Ryder and dear son in law of Mrs. Bernice “Bernie” Cronin-McDonald of Wakefield. Frannie is also survived by many loving cousins and dear friends.
 
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 13th in St. Joseph’s Church, 173 Albion Street, Wakefield, at 10. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Monday, November 12th from 4-8 p.m. Please, at the family’s request in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Franny’s memory to the Lahey Health at Home, 800 West Cummings Park, Woburn, MA 01801.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 13th in St. Joseph’s Church, 173 Albion Street, Wakefield, at 10.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, November 12th from 4-8 p.m.  Please, at the family’s request in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Franny’s memory to the Lahey Health at Home, 800 West Cummings Park, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Dianne (Dini) Runge & Family

    Dear Cindy and family, no one knows better than me what kind of pain you are g feeling and I can’t tell you it isn’t the worst thing you’ll ever go through… because it is. Take all the support you can from family and friends..
    I am the type of person that doesn’t like taking help from anybody… But God does work in mysterious ways, hugs and big shoulders..Peace and blessings to you all

  2. Michael Holtgrefe

    Cindy, Shannon and Frankie,

    I was heart broken to hear the news of Franny’s passing. He was always such a great guy to have a beer with and talk about anything. He knew how to enjoy life with his family and friends. I will miss him. My sincerest thoughts and prayers.

    -Michael, Krista, Johnny and Max

  3. Cindy, Shannon and Frankie;

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

    Cathy Garland

  4. Cindy, Shannon and Frankie ~

    I am so sorry for your loss. Frannie was a great man and will be greatly missed. I will never forget all the good times we have had at the L3 Christmas Parties over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

  5. Tom & Dottie Connell

    Franny was one of those people that as soon as you met him you knew you had a friend for life and I did.He was such a caring person for my Aunt “Godmother “Bernie, his wife Cindy, the kids Franky and Shannon and a Super Grampy to his buddy Ryder. Was their anyone from Woburn that Franny did’nt know?
    Gonna miss that smile and of course The Beard !
    Rest in peace my good friend

  6. I don’t know where to begin. The vacations to the beach, the camping trips, our two families growing together… some of the best times of my life. Franny’s trademark (unsolicited) advice: “You know what you should have done” will resonate throughout our lives! Although he is best known for his FUN times and stories, he was a deep, methodical thinker with a lot of sound advice whether you needed it or not…! He made a huge impact on our lives; a beloved brother, really, to Dick, a fun, teasing uncle to Jill and worshipped godfather to Dickie. The times sitting on the porches at Hampton, (while Cindy and Dick were cleaning up) are etched in my mind. Volumes of laughter, fun and unforgettable times with him. One of the things I most admired and knew about Franny was that he was a content, happy man, I don’t think he had any regrets. He loved his family and all of the Cantillon Clan. Never a time went by that he didn’t talk about his friends ~Vozzy, Spider, so many hilarious times just listening about the happenings. If a man’s wealth can be measured by how much he was loved, Franny was a billionare. RIP Franny, we loved you so much. Beach Baby Bingo …

  7. Carol and Spida Kenney

    Cindy, Frankie, Shannon, Bernie, and Beth,
    We are heartbroken to lose Frannie, our friend. Will always remember all the great times at the “Maher Bar”, Loon Mountain and Hampton, limo rides and North end dinners, Red Sox Games, and on and on. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. I know the happy memories will always keep Frannie with us.
    Love, Carol and Spida

  8. Cindy, Shannon and Frankie ~
    So deeply sorry for your heartbreaking loss. He was a great man. We had so many of laughs with him along the way, from the Loon ski trips to the golf tournaments to the L-3 Holiday parties… he certainly will be greatly missed by many.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
    With deepest sympathy and love ~
    Marcia and Scubba

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