Francis J. “Frank” Wood, Jr.

March 26th, 2018

Francis J. Wood, Jr. “Frank”, age 67, of Chester, NH, formerly of Reading, MA, passed away unexpectedly on March 25, 2018, at the Parkland Medical Center in Derry, NH.

Frank was born in Winchester, MA on May 15, 1950; he was the cherished only son of the late Francis and Grace Wood. Frank was raised in Reading, MA and was a graduate of Reading High School.

Frank enlisted in the United States Air Force in March of 1971; he served on active duty for over four years making rank as Sergeant. Frank was honorably discharged from active service in May of 1975 and went on to serve in the Air Force Reserves until February of 1977.

Following his discharge, Frank went to work full time with Department of Defense as a Program Logistics Manager. Frank had a thirst for knowledge and continued taking classes throughout his career. Frank enjoyed traveling for work where he saw new places, met new people and experienced new cultures. Frank made so many life-long friendships with his co-workers; they maintained a closeness and still met socially following retirement.

Frank married his “sweetheart” Linda Watson in 1972; the couple shared over 49 years together and made countless memories with family and friends. Frank and Linda settled in Tewksbury where they raised two wonderful children, Kimberly and Derek. Frank loved his family with all his heart; he was a devoted husband and father and an amazing Papa to AJ, Elizabeth, Daniel, Jadyn, Ryan and Alyssa. Frank was very proud of his family and of all their accomplishments.

Frank treasured the time he spent with family and friends especially at their place in Wells Beach, Maine where he enjoyed relaxing and taking walks on the beach. Frank and Linda relocated eleven years ago to Chester, New Hampshire where they enjoyed a quieter life.

In his spare time, Frank liked to golf, go snowmobiling and incessantly follow the New England Patriots; Frank considered himself their all time #1 fan. Frank also got himself into shape and ran the 100th Boston Marathon which was quite a personal accomplishment.

Frank will be fondly remembered as a kind and caring person with a wonderful sense of humor. Frank would go out of his way to help his family and friends; never expecting anything in return. Frank was truly a good guy who will forever be missed by all who loved him.

Frank was the beloved husband of Linda S. (Watson) Wood, devoted father of daughter, Kimberly R. Mottolo & companion Kevin Morin of Methuen, son, Derek F. Wood & wife Christine of Lynnfield and son-in-law John Mottolo. Loving “Papa” of Alec “A.J.”, Elizabeth, Daniel, Jadyn, Ryan and Alyssa. Cherished son of the late Francis J. Sr. and Grace A. (Kelly) Wood, dear brother of Susan Mitchell of Wakefield, Nancy Ogasapian & husband Joseph of Woburn, Patricia Wood and Mary Ann Berbarena both of Gardner. Son-in-law of Ruth “Gigi” Watson of Tewksbury, brother-in-law of Ron & Cheryl Watson of Freemont, NH and Judith Watson of Hopedale. Frank was also very special to several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Service at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, MA on Thursday, March 29th at 11:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Wednesday, March 28th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Frank’s memory may be made to Home Base, c/o MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.


13 Entries in Guest Book for “Francis J. “Frank” Wood, Jr.”

  1. Rhonda Cope says:

    I am very saddened by the news of Frank’s passing. He will be truly missed by many!

  2. Wayne and Allyson Anderson says:

    My friend, you had a positive influence on so many lives. You will be sorely missed. May you Rest In Peace and your family continue to be prosperous and healthy. God speed.

  3. Joseph Ogasapian says:

    You left us way too soon, Fran. I truly regret that it had been so long since we last got together. We had some fun though. Like the time we played golf behind Ted Williams, and he called us some colorful names.

  4. Barry Laycock says:

    I am heartbroken to learn of Frank’s passing. I worked with him both at Hanscom Air Force Base and at our part-time weekend duties at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary from 1989 until 2000. We would often meet with several other logisticians such as Austin Goodan, Harry Parrott, and Edward Herger for lunch at Café Luigi’s, Mario’s, or at the Chinese Buffet in Concord. I will always remember Frank for his droll sense of humor, his quick laugh, and his compassion for others. He was also a devoted family man and often spoke lovingly of his family. Weekends we would often sit in the Security Office and laugh at the antics of people flowing through the hospital and marvel at the manifest craziness of its clientele. Frank was a wonderful friend and a stalwart professional colleague. His family can be proud of him in everything he did and was. I will always remember him.

  5. Harry Parrott says:

    I am saddened by the news of Franks passing. Frank and I worked together in the early 80’s at Hanscom AFB. His dry wit and positive outlook always set him apart from others. A good friend and co-worker! My sincere condolences to the family.

  6. Jose (joe) Santos says:

    You are one of the most sincere, Friendliest people I’ve ever been lucky enough to meet. it was a pleasure to work with you and know you in general. You always brightened up long dreary days with your great sense of humor and positive attitude. My condolences go out to your family whom you spoke of so lovingly everyday. you will be greatly missed my friend.

  7. Joe Doucette says:

    I am deeply saddened hearing of Frank’s passing. Such a big hearted, kind and friendly human. A huge personality that will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

  8. David W Meehan says:

    Linda, Derek, Kim and family,
    Patty and I would like to express that we are truly sorry about Franks passing. We are here to help support your family through this tough time.
    Love Patty and David

  9. Nelson Gomm says:

    Frank and I worked the E-767 AWACS program (for Japan) together for many years. He was the most conscientious and thorough logistician I ever worked with. He was one of four ‘Horsemen’ that pushed through when things had to get done! He will be missed… Condolences to the family; he was too young!

  10. Lisa Doughty says:

    I worked with Frank on the Japan AWACS program in the late 1990’s, and again recently when we were lucky enough to get him back. He was incredibly dedicated to his work, ensuring the operator got the best possible logistics support, and a joy to work with. He was kind, funny and always upbeat. We will truly miss him.

  11. Anne Flynn says:

    Frank was such a wonderful man. I got to know him when the French MLU AWACS program was just beginning over 8 years ago. He was always willing to stop what he was doing and answer any questions we had. Later on we moved to the Japan program we would talk about the Pats and what we thought were good moves and what were questionable. Of course we were both devastated when they lost the Super Bowl this year, but looked forward to the new players and the 2018-2019 season. I will miss his upbeat personality and that wonderful smile of his. He truly was one of the “great ones”.

  12. Jennifer Halecki says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Frank last year. Though I worked with him for a short time on the Japan AWACS program, he was very welcoming and helpful. Frank was a very positive and hard working guy who was respected by his peers which was apparent from the time I met him. Frank will be missed.

  13. William Cashman says:

    Just learned about Frank’s passing. He had a loving heart and a mega-amp spark of enthusiasm. Sooner than we expected or wanted, but has been called home.

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