Frank J. Newark

August 8, 2022

Frank J. Newark
U.S. Veteran

United States Army

Korean War

FRANK J. NEWARK  –  in Burlington, formerly of Wilmington, August 8th at eighty-seven years of age.  Beloved husband of Joan C. (Winn) Newark.  Devoted father of Suzanne M. Newark of Medfield, Frank J. Newark Jr., his wife Shelly of Westford, Diane M. Newark of Marlboro, and Nancy A. Newark of Medfield.  Dear brother of R. Stephen Newark of Norwood.  Cherished “Papa” of Caroline and Catherine Newark and “Dad” to Liam J. Milne.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, August 12th at 1 p.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours on Friday morning from 10;30 a.m.-12;30 p.m. PRIOR to the Mass.  In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in Frank’s memory to the Woburn High School Hockey Program, c/o Athletic Director James Duran, 88 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801 or to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road S.W. , Liburn, GA 30047.  Former Woburn High School Art Teacher and Director.

NEWARK, Frank J., aged 87, a long-time former resident of Wilmington, passed away on August 8, 2022, after a five (5) year battle with Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia during which he was surrounded by family and friends. He was married to Joan (Winn) of Medford for 62 and 11/12ths years.

Frank worked as an Art Teacher at Woburn Senior High School and, eventually, Head of the Art Department for Woburn Public Schools from 1961 until his retirement in 1998. He also served as hockey coach of the Woburn Tanners, first as an assistant then taking the helm in 1980.

Frank’s children describe a dedicated and loyal parent, an artist, educator, avid traveler, voracious reader, history buff, movie lover, golfer, ice hockey coach, and a lover of a good time. Frank taught his children the value of friendship; working hard and playing harder; laughing often; treating yourself well if you’ve earned it; standing up for oneself and others; that treaties were made to be broken, even if only when playing Risk; and that every home is happier with a big dog.

In addition to his wife, Frank leaves his brother, R. Stephen and his wife Rita, of Norwood, his children, Suzanne M. Newark (of Medfield, his beloved first child who could do no wrong); Frank J. Newark, Jr., (of Westford, his son, namesake, and pride and joy) and his wife, Shelly; Diane M. Newark (of Marlborough, who could always make him laugh); and Nancy A. Newark (of Medfield, about whom he frequently said, with a touch of pride, got into more trouble than the other three combined); three grandchildren, Liam J. Milne (Medfield), and Caroline and Catherine Newark (Westford); many friends, cousins, sisters- and brothers-in-law; and dozens of nieces and nephews, both in the United States and Ireland. The family are especially grateful for the support of Frank’s long-time, close friends, John Carter, Bill Cullen, and Fran Fedele.

Family and friends will gather at Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA, on Friday, August 12, 2022, from 10:30-12:30, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Charles Church, Main Street, Woburn, at 1:00 p.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Woburn High School Hockey Team, c/o The Athletic Department, or the Lewy Body Dementia Association,

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, August 12th at 1 p.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours on Friday morning from 10;30 a.m.-12;30 p.m. PRIOR to the Mass.  In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in Frank’s memory to the Woburn High School Hockey Program, c/o Athletic Director James Duran, 88 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801 or to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road S.W. , Liburn, GA 30047.  Former Woburn High School Art Teacher and Director.


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  1. Dewey Barrasso

    My dealings with Coach Newark were very few.
    I know some time has gone by since he passed, but I put in a Google search which included “Woburn”, and this was the 5th story to pop up. It made me sad. I, along with a friend of mine, broadcast the Woburn Hockey games on channel six, from 1993 through 1995. Coach was always friendly towards me and treated me with respect. Even after an event I was involved in, railroaded the teams season. I had the utmost respect for him as a hockey coach, and a man.
    I hope you are resting in peace, Frank Newark, and I hope that those closest to you have only fond memories.

  2. So I was so happy to see all of the other entry post before I’m posting it just shows everyone how loved Uncle Frank was and still is! I’m David Uncle Frank’s nephew who till this day is still looking up to him for his advice and everything he gave to me since I was a young boy 40 years ago! He brought me into his home with my beautiful aunt three beautiful female cousins and a great older male cousin who I will always look up to as well! I will definitely miss Uncle Frank for the husband father uncle he was that I saw since he let me stay at his house as he showed me the way of hockey through his hockey score that I was grateful to be a part of for 3 years and more so because I was allowed and asked to be a guest at his house with his family my cousins and my aunt! Two weeks out of a summer three times really taught me a lot about what amazing man Uncle Frank was and how many people he helped. As I grew older he was one that checked in on me through my youth hockey and of course high school hockey which I was on the cape playing and he was coaching in Woburn regrettably we never met in the high School playoffs as I was playing that would have been a great feat! After high School I attended a prep school that I never knew until 2 months ago that Uncle Frank was a big part of me going there we talked and I had tears in my eyes because 30 years later I thought I didn’t do it on my own but he clearly said I did and I will never forget that because what he said in his word was gold to me Uncle Frank I’ll never forget you the amazing husband father uncle family man coach and everything else love you to death I’ll see you soon rest in peace ❤️

  3. The Woburn Guild of Artists

    The Woburn Guild of Artists sends its deepest condolences to the Family of Frank Newark. He will be missed by many.

    He was an Art Teacher (and Head) for 37 years at the old Woburn Memorial High School and many of our WGA Members, along with WGA Scholarship winners, were taught art by Mr. Newark.

    Frank was President of the Guild from 1993 to 1995. He received high esteem from his membership and his WGA Board, gaining Honorary Membership for all of his constant work and dedication to the Guild.
    The Woburn Guild of Artists sends its deep respects and sympathies to his Family, and to our friend, Mr.Frank Newark.

  4. Newark Family,
    I am sorry for your loss. Enjoy those special memories you have of Frank and keep his legacy flourishing. You have much to be proud of.

  5. Paula (MacDonald) LaRue

    My condolences to the Newark family.
    I was a student in Frank’s art classes, 5 days a week, from 1961 through 1964. His classes are the only part of high school that I actually remember all these years later. Art has remained an important part of my life and I am still painting. Good teachers never really know the positive impact they have had in the lives of their students. Frank was a good teacher.

  6. Joseph O'Mahony

    Joan, Sue, Frank, Diane, Nancy, Steve, Rita and all the extended Newark and Winn families.

    My sincere condolences to you all on Frank’s passing.

    It was a privilege to get to know Frank over the years – to see the pride he took in his family; his love of teaching, coaching and encouraging young people; and the pleasure he took in playing golf during his trip to Ireland.

    In particular I remember the fun and laughs we had during the Newark family trip to Killavullen.

    May his gentle soul rest in peace.

    Sending you all my love at this sad time.

  7. Ann O'Mahony Godwin

    To Joan, Sue & son Liam, Diane, Nancy, Frank & Shelley and daughters Caroline & Catherine, Steve & Rita and son Steve & family.

    I am so sorry for your loss at this time of Frank’s passing.

    As one of your regular ‘visiting cousins’ from Ireland I think of Frank with warmth and affection, and sadness at his passing.

    I remember his love and pride in his family, his home, his country, his love of art and painting and his hard work as a teacher and coach.
    I remember his love of sunshine (not snow) and of course golf.

    Frank was a warm and welcoming host to his home (and fun ‘cook outs’) and I and my family are blessed to have known him, and share in the Newark family he built with Joan.

    May Frank Rest in Peace & Love, and may God bless you all at this time of grief and loss.

    Love, prayers and deepest sympathies to you all.
    Ann (& Maeve), Ireland

  8. Kieran and Catherine Diggins

    Dearest Joan,Sue,Diane,Frank Jnr,and Nancy, we are very sorry to hear of Frank’s passing.
    It was a pleasure getting to spend time with Frank and you Joan during your stay with us here in Ireland for the 2006 Ryder Cup.
    Frank was a man of many talents a gentleman, story teller,artist and scholar who raised a lovely family.
    We will remember you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Ar dheis de go raibh a anam dilis.
    ( May his holy soul be on the right side of God )
    Love always Catherine and Kieran Diggins

  9. Frank Newark was a great art teacher during High School Years. I remember him fondly for his good nature. I offer my sincere sympathies to the Newark Family.

  10. Joan and family I am so sorry to hear of Franks passing. Not only was he a great teacher and coach but, although he didn’t have the official title, Frank was an incredible guidance councilor. Frank took so many student athletes under his wing and helped them with college and life decisions. I was one of them. College graduate and all its benefits would not be on my resume had it not been for Frank Newark. I will be forever grateful for your help and friendship Coach and wish you eternal peace. Our sincerest condolences to the Newark family.

  11. Deepest condolences to all on Frank’s passing. I have fond memories of attending the Ryder Cup in Ireland with Frank and Joan.

    Frank can take great pride in the wonderful family he has.

    Love, Conor, Miriam, Katie & Chloe

  12. To the Newark family:
    So sorry to hear of the loss of Coach. He believed in me when others didn’t and he was a mentor and friend to so many. He will be remembered and missed.
    Jerry Rochon

  13. Bob Connolly Jr

    Mrs.Newark and family; I’m saddened to hear of Frank’s passing and the illnesses that he and your family have had to deal with in his life. As a lifetime Woburn Tanner and son of Woburn’s first hockey coach, I’ve been privileged to know him for many years. I was honored when he invited me, when I was in college, to help him work with the team on the power play. I always enjoyed talking hockey with him and life in general. He was a tremendous coach and an even better person, that provided a positive message for his teams and students. My condolences for your loss, I hope you have enough happy memories to carry you through this very sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Bob Connolly Jr.

  14. Charlie & Sue Coe

    Frank was a great art teacher and a hockey coach. He was also a nice guy and will be missed.

  15. Deborah Grecco

    Thank you Mr. Newark for giving me the gift of visionary art. It was you that chose my artwork to enter the Woburn High contest. The priceless gift you gave me will never fade 1969 1970. I thank you sir. God’s Blessings to all.

  16. My son, Mike Lane, played under Coach Newark as his goalie all through HS. Mr. Newark was a good coach, mentor and advocate. He was a positive influence on my son and I thank you.

  17. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Coach Newark – what an amazing man he was, may he rest in eternal peace.

    Kristen Chute

  18. Aleta Piantedosi Devaney

    I will always be grateful to Frank Newark for taking me on as his student teacher in 1974 and hiring me to teach art with him at Woburn High School the following year. Frank was encouraging and supportive, he taught me a lot! A true “Renaissance Man” – he was the high school art director and hockey coach! Frank showed young men and women that it was ok to be an artist and an athlete. I watched Frank advise and counsel lots of young hockey players – he cared about these kids and helped them plan for their whole lives and the careers they would have after hockey. When I left Woburn, Frank remained a good friend and was instrumental in helping me find teaching jobs in nearby communities. My sincere sympathy to Joan, Suzie, Frankie, Diane, Nancy, Liam, Caroline and Catherine.
    Rest In Peace Coach. Thanks for everything.

  19. Sorry to hear this, Coach was a huge part of my life and success as a student and hockey player, thoughts and prayers from the Cole Family, Logan, Gloria and Tom.

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