Francis M. “Frank” Kane

October 29th, 2013

Francis M. “Frank” Kane, age 68, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on October 29, 2013 at the Winchester Hospital.

Frank was born on August 25, 1945, in Somerville; he was the cherished son of the late Thomas J. and Catherine J. (Madden) Kane.  Frank was raised in Somerville and graduated from St. Clements School where he played football.

After graduating from high school, Frank attended Bentley College in Boston for a few years before enlisting in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  Frank was very proud of his military career and even after being honorably discharged from the service, he always had a special interest in the well-being of soldiers returning home from active duty.

Frank married Margaret M. (Dunne) “Marge” Kane and together they shared 44 years of marriage. Frank and Marge moved to Wilmington shortly after they were married and they settled into a beautiful home where they raised their three children; Jim, Julie and Michael .  The couple enjoyed a good marriage, and they enjoyed traveling, love, laughter and making memories. Frank was a loyal husband who admired his one true love – Marge.

Frank worked as a manager at Verizon for many years before retiring.  He was also was very active in the Masons at Friendship Lodge.  Frank looked forward to attending the monthly dinner meetings and saw it as a chance to keep in touch with “the guys.”  He was also a member of the DAV.

Frank’s devotion for his family was unwavering and his love for them unconditional.   As a father, he was second to none; always making sure his children had what they needed and showing the love and support only a parent can do.  Frank’s pride for his family was as evident as their love for him. One of Frank’s proudest moments was becoming a grandfather and whether the grandchildren called him “Grandpa,” “GP,” or “Papa,” he didn’t seem to mind, as long as he got to spend time with them.  Frank was passionate about his role as grandfather and created a special bond with each one of them.  Makayla, Cameron, Hannah, Paige and Harrison were the world to Frank.  Whether it was a sporting event, birthday or holiday, Frank was there to show his support for both his children and grandchildren; after all, he was their number one fan!

In his spare time, Frank was an avid sports enthusiast; he especially loved his Boston sports teams.  Frank enjoyed taking many Recreation Town Trips and loved the friends and memories he created while on these adventures.  Frank and Marge’s latest trip was to the Beaches of Normandy, which Frank described as the most spiritual trip of his lifetime.

Frank lived his life with a set of values centered on family, faith, and love of one’s fellow man. From the time they were first married, Marge saw him spend countless hours helping others along the way. Frank will be remembered as a warm, welcoming man and he was known for greeting everyone with a hug, a handshake, a smile, or a kiss and everyone was known as “Buddy.”  He was charismatic and good natured, a genuinely “good guy.”  He was truly “one of a kind” and will be greatly missed by all.

Frank was the beloved husband of Margaret M. (Dunne) “Marge” Kane of Wilmington, devoted father of Jim Kane and his wife Melissa of Northboro, Julie Boyd and her husband Daniel of Litchfield, NH, Michael Kane and his wife Colleen of Mansfield, loving grandfather of Makayla, Cameron, Hannah, Paige and Harrison, cherished son of the late Thomas J. and Catherine J. (Madden) Kane, dear brother of Thomas J. Kane of Plymouth and the late Kevin J. Kane.  Frank is also survived by many special sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, November 2nd at 11:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street, North Reading, MA at 12:30 p.m.  Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, November 1st from 4-8 p.m. 

Memorial donations in Frank’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Francis M. “Frank” Kane”

  1. S. Maryann Enright says:

    Dear Marge and family,
    My 2 brothers and I grew up 2 houses down from the Kane boys. Our parents were dear friends. Even when they moved one street over we saw each other nearly every day. I think I met you at one of the wakes. My brother John from ME died in Jan of bone cancer but he had a quality of life until the day he died. Hopefully, youe hav such memories of Frank. Know that you are remembered in prayer these days.

  2. nancy and eddie memmolo says:

    Dear Marge and family,
    Frank was so loved. He always had a smile on his face and could make all of us laugh no matter the circumstance. Frank would always make you feel you had his full attention. Eddie and I send our love and prayers your way. Frank will be forever in our hearts and I am sure he is still a name dropper in heaven. Ü

  3. Michael and Donna Toto says:

    Dear Kane Family,
    So Sorry for your loss…Always keep your memories alive of him….you have a beautiful family and you will help each other through these sad times ahead.

  4. Paul Doherty says:

    David & I and the boys want to send our heartfelt sympathy for your sudden loss. We are holding you, Mike, and your whole family in prayer and thought and surrounding you with God’s love at this very sad time.

  5. Tracy Ryan says:

    Dear Kane Family,
    I am truly sorry for this terrible loss. Jim~ may God grant your family the strength to bear this loss together and the sweetness of memories to temper the pain. Our hearts are with you all!
    Tracy (John’s sister)

  6. Jan Polcari says:

    Julie and family,

    I was so sad to hear about your dad. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Cindi haggerty says:

    Dear mrs. Boyd and family- you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May cherished memories of your dad bring you and your family some peace. Thinking of you.

  8. Victor Cataldo says:

    Dearest “Maggie”
    Please accept our sincerest condolences for you terrible loss.
    Susan and I were so grateful that we were able to get to know you and Frank and to enjoy our trip to France with you.
    God bless you and your beautiful family.

  9. Alfredo & Marie DiMauro says:

    Melissa & Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    May family, friends, and countless memories honor your father-in-law, celebrate his life, and be of comfort to your whole family at this difficult time.

  10. Donna Bijeol Parker School says:

    Julie and family,
    So sorry for your loss

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