Francis X. McCall

February 10, 2021

Francis X. McCall
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

WWII

Francis X. McCall – of Woburn February 10th, at 94 years of age. Beloved husband of the late Claire M. (Murphy) McCall of Woburn. Devoted father of Francis X. McCall, Jr., his wife Tricia of Gloucester, Michael McCall, his wife Patricia of Burlington, Carolyn J. Taranto, her husband Wayne of Burlington and Kevin McCall, his wife Ruth of Woburn. Dear brother of the late Dr. Edward H. McCall and Eleanor Zachary. Loving grandfather of Kara, Brian, Sean, Robert, Patrick, Elizabeth, Timothy and Katherine McCall, Alyssa, David, and Thomas Taranto, and a great-grandson, Jack McCall. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.  Relatives and friends are invited to Francis’s Funeral Mass, Saturday, February 13th at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn. The church is limited to 100 people. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery. All other services are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Francis’s memory to Hospice Care at Visiting Nurse & Community Care, Arlington, MA. https://www.thevisitingnurses.com/donate/

Francis X. McCall – of Woburn died peacefully, February 10th, at 94 years of age. He was the beloved husband of 62 years to the late Claire M. (Murphy) McCall who died on May 4th, 2020.

Born in Woburn at his childhood home on Auburn Street in 1926, Frank was a beloved son of the late Hugh and Katherine C. (Walsh) McCall. He was educated in Woburn. 

He entered the Navy in December of 1944, at the age of eighteen, and served until July of 1946. After his service in the Navy, he pursued his undergraduate education at Boston College and then went on to earn a master’s degree from Boston University.

He married the love of his life, Claire (Murphy) on June 28, 1958, in St. Charles Church, where they were active parishioners throughout their lives.

Frank and Claire started their marriage on Court Street in Woburn but spent nearly all their years together in their Houghton Street home. Frank loved that home and cherished his many friends in the neighborhood.

A lifelong educator in the City of Woburn, he taught at Woburn High School for a short time and soon became a principal of a number of elementary schools in the city. He was principal of the Hurld Elementary School from the day it was built in 1957 until his retirement in 1994.

He enjoyed spending time as a young man and throughout his life with his many friends including the late Bob Martin, Charlie O’Donnell, Fred Farrey, and Fred Doherty. He always looked forward to spending time with his many colleagues in the Woburn principal’s group.

Frank and his wife Claire cherished their friendship with Frank’s 1st cousin, Lawrence (Ben) Byron and his wife Mary. As a side interest, Frank owned a number of rental properties both in Woburn and at Hampton Beach.  He loved the deal making of buying and selling real estate. His four children enjoyed their time with Dad at Hampton, helping him paint and maintain the cottages while getting lifelong lessons along the way.

Frank loved spending time with his grandchildren, especially when they visited him at his home on Houghton Street. He would line them up in the yard and conduct races around the house and treat them to rides in a wagon pulled by the rider-mower.

In their retirement years, Frank and Claire enjoyed traveling and cruising around the world. In recent years, Frank and Claire resided at both New Horizons on Warren Ave. and Benchmark Senior Living on Cedar Street. The highlights of those years were the many meals and events they shared with their fellow residents and staff. It brought great joy to his children to hear from staff members of these facilities, and others throughout his life, how genuinely happy people were to spend time with Frank.

Frank is survived and will be deeply missed by his children, Francis X. McCall, Jr., his wife Tricia of Gloucester, Michael McCall, his wife Patricia of Burlington, Carolyn J. Taranto, her husband Wayne of Burlington and Kevin McCall, his wife Ruth of Woburn. Dear brother of the late Dr. Edward H. McCall and Eleanor Zachary. Loving grandfather of Kara, Brian, Sean, Robert, Patrick, Elizabeth, Timothy and Katherine McCall, Alyssa, David, and Thomas Taranto, and a great-grandson, Jack McCall. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to Francis’s Funeral Mass, Saturday, February 13th at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn. The church is limited to 100 people. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery. All other services are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Francis’s memory to Hospice Care at Visiting Nurse & Community Care, Arlington, MA. https://www.thevisitingnurses.com/donate/

 

Relatives and friends are invited to Francis’s Funeral Mass, Saturday, February 13th at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn. The church is limited to 100 people. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery. All other services are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Francis’s memory to Hospice Care at Visiting Nurse & Community Care, Arlington, MA. https://www.thevisitingnurses.com/donate/

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  1. Cathe and Bill Hockenberry

    Uncle Frank was a wonderful man, a beloved teacher and principal in the Woburn school system, and a cherished father to his family. We all miss him and send our prayers and condolences to each of you. God bless.

  2. Dear cousins,
    I am so saddened to learn of Uncle Frank’s passing. He had a smile that lit up his face and eyes that were always twinkling and dancing. It is a consolation to know that he is reunited with Aunt Claire.
    Hoping that you find comfort in your memories, I am
    sincerely,
    Dr. Patricia McCall

  3. Maureen McCall Austin and Albert Austin

    Frank, Michael, Carolyn, and Kevin,

    Albert and I are so sorry at the passing of your dad and our Uncle Frank. It is hard to believe that all the family of Auburn street are now together again in heaven. What an amazing family reunion that must have been when they saw Uncle Frank. May God’s grace and love protect and be with you all in this time of sorrow.

  4. Judy McCall Cutts & Richard Cutts

    To the Families of Frank McCall :

    Before the World shutdown because of Covid, we had visited Uncle Frank and Aunt Claire at Benchmark and shared many happy memories of family, friends, and the Woburn community. Uncle Frank had a great memory for details! We will miss them both, but knowing they are together again I hope brings you all comfort.

    With Deepest Sympathies.

    Judy McCall Cutts & Richard Cutts

  5. Mike, Pat and family. I am sorry for your loss. Keep your memories close… they will help you in your sadness.

  6. Maureen Byron Fregeolle

    Ann, Jane and I wish to extend our sincere condolences on the passing of your father and grandfather. He was a beloved neighbor, our elementary school principal, our late mother’s supervising principal, but most importantly, a very special cousin to our dad, the late Dr. Lawrence Byron. Our father, “Ben”, and our mother, Mary, were such close friends to Frank and Claire. As you know, they spent countless Saturday nights visiting in each other’s homes. They shared many common interests, life experiences, all possessing many of the same values. Frank was a wonderful man who will be missed.

  7. My Mom and Dad ( Bill and Eileen Flaherty) spoke so highly of your Dad. I think my Mom went to dances with Frank in the high school days. Another long time Woburnite will be missed. Condolences from all the Flahertys. Marcia Flaherty Smith

  8. Frank, Michael, Carolyn, and Kevin,
    I was very sorry to hear of the recent passing of your wonderful father. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. Your father and mother were dear friends of my parents, and I like to think that all four of them are together again enjoying each other’s company. Take good care.
    Kate Martin

  9. Sorry to here of your dad passing. He helped get a PTA started years ago. I was once President of it. All my children went through the Hurld school. Lots of memories of those days

  10. McCall Family- Very sorry to hear of Mr. McCall’s passing. He was my Principal in 2nd grade at the new Hurld when it first opened and I was always happy to see and talk with him when I visited my dad at New Horizons. He was a true gentleman.

  11. Dear McCall Family, I am so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. I enjoyed him so much at New Horizons. It was always a pleasure to get a daily morning story of “Old Woburn” from him. My sympathies, Barbra Graham

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