Frederick L. Callahan III

August 13, 2020

Frederick L. Callahan III

Frederick L. Callahan III – Of Beverly, formerly of Westford and Woburn, unexpectedly August 13th, at the age of sixty-five. Devoted father of Julie Callahan, her husband Martin Buberl of Berlin, Germany, Christopher Callahan of Newport, RI and Matthew Callahan of Medford. Dear brother of Patricia A. McCue of Woburn, Maureen L. Fucarile of Stoneham, Daniel T. Callahan, his wife Maureen of Bradford, Kathleen E. Clifford of Woburn, Kevin J. Callahan, his wife Rhonda of Bradford. He was the cherished companion of Karin Torrice of Natick, as well as survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects on Thursday, August 20th at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. Those who are 65 and older or experiencing any health problems are invited to come between 3-4 p.m., with the general public invited between 4-7 p.m. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the funeral home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. A graveside service will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Those attending are invited to meet directly at the gravesite. Remembrances may be made in Fred’s honor to the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn, Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

Frederick L. Callahan III of Beverly, formerly of Westford and Woburn, died unexpectedly on August 13th at the age of sixty-five. Born in Winchester and raised in Woburn, Fred was the beloved son of the late Frederick and Mabel (Finley) Callahan. He was a graduate of Woburn High and Suffolk University.

As the Principal of Callahan and Associates, Fred served the local community and small businesses by providing for their life and health insurance needs. 

Outside of work, Fred had a lifelong commitment to the Woburn Boys and Girls Club. In 1972 he became the Club’s eighth ‘Boy of the Year,’ the highest honor bestowed on a member. He went on to become a staff member, founder of the Alumni Club and a member of the Board of Directors. After a 2017 cancer diagnosis and a couple difficult years of recovery, he was thrilled to finally see the Club’s completed renovations and updated facilities. 

Fred made friends easily, maintained ties with old colleagues and classmates, and quickly came to know people in his new Beverly community alike. 

Fred was happiest in the kitchen, sitting around the dinner table with family, enjoying food that he prepared. Among his family, Fred was known as both a trusted advisor and relentless joker. Affectionately called GUF (Great Uncle Fred), he was a dedicated uncle, and he adored his grand nieces and nephews. 

Above all, Fred was an outstanding father. Throughout their childhood, he brought his children to Rockport, MA every summer. At Long Beach he was known for crabbing with his kids – and having the coldest beers on the beach. He was an unwavering source of support and encouraged his three children’s interests and aspirations, whether it was coaching them in sports or in life. This included founding the Westford Youth Lacrosse Program and serving on the Westford Recreation Commission as chairperson for two years. 

Fred is survived and will be deeply missed by his children, Julie Callahan, her husband Martin Buberl of Berlin, Germany, Christopher Callahan of Newport, RI and Matthew Callahan of Medford. Dear brother of Patricia A. McCue of Woburn, Maureen L. Fucarile of Stoneham, Daniel T. Callahan, his wife Maureen of Bradford, Kathleen E. Clifford of Woburn, Kevin J. Callahan, his wife Rhonda of Bradford. He was the cherished companion of Karin Torrice of Natick, as well as survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects on Thursday, August 20th at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. Those who are 65 and older or experiencing any health problems are invited to come between 3-4 p.m., with the general public invited between 4-7 p.m. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the funeral home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. A graveside service will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Those attending are invited to meet directly at the gravesite. Remembrances may be made in Fred’s honor to the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn, Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

Relatives and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects on Thursday, August 20th at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  Those who are 65 and older or experiencing any health problems, are invited to come between 3-4 p.m., with the general public invited between 4-7 p.m. All attending, are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. A graveside service will be held on Friday at 1 P.M. in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Those attending are invited to meet directly at the gravesite. Remembrances may be made in Fred’s honor to the James L McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn, Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

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  1. I will always remember Fred for his diligent work on the very first Worcester Academy auction. He was one of the leaders on the solicitation committee with his sparkling personality and clever wit.

    He will always hold a special place in my memory!

    Rest in peace!!

  2. There are people who come into our lives and make a lasting and permanent impact. This is because we are forever changed.

    Fred Callahan was one of those people in my life.

    I met Fred when my family moved into his neighborhood in Westford Mass in 1991 and we have been friends ever since. Our relationship started one afternoon when I kidnapped his kids to go kite flying with my kids.

    Each year I dressed him up in a Santa suit to play the part, which he did so well, for my extended family with all the nieces and nephews.

    This past week my heart was broken when I learned the news of his departure and I have been morning ever since. However, I was recently reminded by something Jesus said:

    “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted” …and the Lord knows how I need that right now.

    I also think there is comfort to be found in what we choose to focus on, what we set our minds on, particularly as it relates to Fred and the example that he set for us.

    His love of family, friends and even strangers was so evident, so crystal clear in everything he said and did.

    He was always kind, always had a positive attitude, and a sense of humor. This despite many setbacks in his own life.

    There was always joy being with Fred, which made you look forwarded to spending time with him.

    There was always his weekly, sometimes every other week, at a minimum monthly call to check in on you to see how you were doing.

    There was his generosity of spirt that translated into countless hours and dollars serving important causes like his kids, the Woburn Boys and Girls Club, Westford Youth Lacrosse, or just in preparing a home cooked meal for family and friend, or offering counsel about life, business , and financial matters.

    And finally, there was always his playful jabs and pokes to get a rise out of you.

    I think focusing on these things and trying to follow his example, is the way Fred lives on and continues to have a positive influence in our lives.

    For the good memories I have of him as well as the example he set for me, I am forever grateful that Fred Callahan was my friend.

    I love you Fred! May God rest your soul and keep you until we hopefully meet again.

    Scott Goodrich

  3. To my beloved Callahan family-every single one of you- no matter what your connection,
    The Miller family is deeply saddened by the loss of Freddy. We are so lucky to have been adopted by Grammy and to have known such a wonderful family. Fred was one in a million.
    Love, Don and Lisa and family

  4. Robert F Connolly Jr

    Dan, Patty, Maureen, Kathy, Kevin, Fred’s children, the Callahan’s, and McCue’s,: I’m so sorry to hear about Fred’s passing after his fight with an insidious disease. I was lucky enough and privileged to know all the Callahans, through Danny and be welcomed into the family, with a huge contingent from Central Sq., and Mrs Callahan was always happy to see us. I got to know everyone in the family and was always happy to see them anytime we ran into each other in Woburn. Fred was always well liked and respected by everyone that knew him, as are all the brothers and sisters, and Mom and Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Bobby C

  5. Sandie Hennessy

    Dear Julie, Chris, and Matt,
    We were so shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of your beloved Dad. We have so many great memories of days spent with him and your family and all the fun we had on Chippewa Road. Your Dad was a great neighbor and friend.
    With our deepest sympathy and love, Bob and Sandie Hennessy

  6. Sheila (McDonough) Wiitala

    Dearest Callahan Family,
    I’m so sorry for the sudden loss of your dear brother, father, uncle, friend and of course a great son!
    Freddy was a great talker as well as a good listener!
    I pray God gives his loving family the strength of Freddy’s memory to lift you up when the day gets tough. Remember his laughter. Love to your amazing family.💔
    Sheila (McDonough) Wiitala, Wayne,Shawn & Shanell

  7. Steven & April Lemmo

    To the Callahan family,

    We will always remember Fred as a warm, funny Boston guy. He worked with us at NobleNet, Inc. and he was always a team player with a genuine heart. Our thoughts are with his kids and the rest of his family.

  8. To Fred’s family,

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Claudia and I are going to miss him very much. We’ll miss his friendship, his kindness and most of all, how he made us laugh and feel good about ourselves. Our prayers are with all of you!

    Jim & Claudia Billings

  9. We shared many fun times and so much laughter with our Fairview friends. Then, the love, laughter and friendship continued. Fred was a wonderful human. I will remember him with a smile but today, love and sympathy to the Callahan family and Fred’s many friends. May you find comfort and peace throughout this difficult time.

  10. Dear Callahan family, our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. We loved Fred and he was like an extended family member to the Chobanian/Torrice’s. While we will all certainly miss him, our memories of him will make us smile. We are lucky to have had him in our lives.

  11. Kristin Potamis

    Julie, Matt, Chris and the Callahan family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Freddie was a wonderful man. Always so happy and easy to talk to. I’d bump into him often around town and he’d proudly fill me in with the latest updates in his children’s lives! He and Mabel are smiling down on you together now.
    Much love,
    Kristin Potamis (Contalonis)

  12. Ron and Carol Downing

    Our deepest sympathies to the entire Callahan family on the sudden passing of Fred. Sending our love and support you all. Ron and Carol Downing.

  13. Julie, Chris and Matt,

    So saddened to hear about your Dad, our deepest condolences to you and the family.

    Judi & Bob Adamson.

  14. Laurel and Paul Lomanno

    To Fred’s children, family and friends, we are so sorry to hear about Fred’s passing. Our families had many laughs and fun times, the Christmas dinners were memorable and Mid Ridge was an experience in itself. Although we haven’t connected for years, we always thought of Fred as a dear friend.

  15. Marcia Flaherty Smith

    Such a sad day – Freddy was just the best – from the Fairview Road gang to “chatting” on Facebook we kept in touch. He was such a great guy with a great wit! Our whole Flaherty family loved Freddy! He will be sorely missed. May his memory be a blessing to his whole family.

  16. Mary Ann Slater

    To the Callahan Family;
    We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your father and brother. He will be missed, but know he’s in heaven with his beloved Mom and Dad.
    Love, Ronnie & Mary Ann

  17. I Really will miss out banter “brother”, but no worry, I will still visit Home Depot for you…you really ticked me off this time Fred…I love ya and will always keep you in my heart…Don’t hastle ma to much up there…hugs to the rest of the family…. your “sister” Lois (and of course Ed)

  18. How does one say goodbye to one of their closest friends of almost 50 years. I will miss our talks, our good natured ribbing, the laughs … so many things. My life was better because of Fred’s friendship. RIP old friend … Condolences to Julie, Chris, & Matt as well as Patty, Maureen, Kathy, Dan, & Kevin and everyone who loved Fred.

  19. Robert H Mc Donough Jr

    To the Callahan Family;

    I am so sorry for your loss; this is so saddened to hear the passing of Fred. You are in my prayers during this difficult time.

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