WILMINGTON, MA — Frank J. Carew, age 54, of Wilmington, formerly of Medford, died peacefully with his family at his side on March 22, 2017, at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.
Frank was born in Boston, MA on November 13, 1962; he was a wonderful son to John and Gloria Carew. Frank was raised and educated in Medford, MA and was a graduate of Medford Vocational Technical High School. Following High School, Frank went to GTE Sylvania Tech in Waltham and most recently earned his trade degree in heating and air conditioning from the Peterson School.
Frank was a hard worker; at the time of his death he was employed as a copier technician for Toshiba and was looking forward to starting his own heating company.
Frank was a man of many talents and he could build and repair just about anything. Frank enjoyed working on his cars; he was a great mechanic and it was all self taught. He also had trouble sitting still so while he was in the hospital he would go around and fix all the thermostats and had the staff asking him how to fix things as well. Frank was quite an inventor; he could take anything apart and make it better than new.
Frank was very dependable and quite a giver; he went out of his way to help everyone no matter what the job was and he never expected anything in return.
Frank also loved all kinds of music; in his younger years he played the piano and more recently took guitar lessons.
From the time Frank was a boy he looked forward to spending time at Grand View Campground in Rochester, NH with his family; to this day it was still Frank’s favorite place to be. Even as his health declined, Frank still managed to head to the camp ground and open things up for his mother. Frank along with his family had so many special memories of their time together camping throughout the years.
Frank married the “love of his life and best friend” Christine Kelly on October 26, 1991; the couple settled in Wilmington 23 years ago and had two beautiful daughters Jessica and Kelli. Frank was a wonderful father and husband; he was extremely devoted to “his girls” and he loved them with all his heart. Frank was very supportive of his daughters and he enjoyed watching them grow into the special young women they are; he was very proud of them.
Frank was diagnosed with Lymphoma four years ago; it was a devastating diagnosis but Frank was not going to let it get the best of him. Frank faced this head on with grace and strength; he fought very hard no matter what was thrown at him and never gave in. He wanted to live to be with his family and friends for as long as he could.
Frank will be fondly remembered for his love of animals especially his beloved golden retrievers.
Frank was quite a guy; kind, caring, sensitive; he could always see the good in others and never had a bad word about anyone. Frank had a huge heart and an unconditional love for his family and friends who will miss him dearly.
Frank was the beloved husband of Christine (Kelly) Carew, loving father of Jessica and Kelli Carew all of Wilmington. Cherished son of Gloria (Lindner) Carew and the late John Carew, Jr., of Medford, dear brother of Linda Carew & husband Phil Luedee of Phippsburg, ME, Joan Markey & husband Walter of Hackettstown, NJ, Lois DiMare & husband John of Medford, MA and John Carew III of Monmouth, ME, brother-in-law of Leigh Ann & Robert Warner of Salem, MA. Frank is also survived by many nieces, nephews and his beloved dog Rosco.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, March 27th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, March 26th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Massachusetts, 9 Erie Dr., Suite 101, Natick, MA 01760.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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