WOBURN, MA — Frank J. Newark, 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, http://www.lbda.org.
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