Frank J. Carew

March 23rd, 2017

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.


8 Entries in Guest Book for “Frank J. Carew”

  1. Amanda Doherty says:

    Please accept my most sincere sympathies to your family during this difficult time of loss. I am one of Kelli’s teachers and was just heartbroken to learn about her fathers passing. Sending many hugs your way. ?

    Amanda Doherty ?

  2. Peggy, Dana, Alicia Speranza says:

    We wish to express our deepest condolences to Christine, Jessica and Kelli, during this most difficult time. Frank was a great caring, loving, wonderful, Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, and especially an amazing lover of dogs, to his beloved family members Travis and Rosco. We consider our selves extremely lucky to have know him, and our lives we enriched by his friendship. Frank, may your soul shine in heaven and find peace at last. To Christine, Jessica, Kelli, remember all the great times you shared with him (and we know that there are many). You now all have a great Angel watching over you all, and he will be with you always. Sending many hugs your way…..

  3. Tom Natola says:


    I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passsing. I did not know your Dad very well, but I do know that he loved his family very much. He was a good man. Sincere condolences to you, your Mom and your sister.

    Tom Natola (Erica’s dad)

  4. Sandra Quartarone says:

    Dear Family,
    My thoughts and prayers of comfort and love go out to you all in spirit.
    I am saddened to hear of Franks passing but am joyful knowing you will see him again…
    Jesus promised us He will never leave us or forsake us.
    Sandy Q.

  5. Jean Markey-Duncan and Bob Duncan says:

    Dear Ones,

    Bob and I were so very sorry to learn of Frank’s passing. We are deeply saddened for his wife Kelly and his children Kelli and Jessica. Our hearts break too for Gloria, our sister-in-law Joan, our brother Walt and for all the rest of Frank’s loving family.

    Our prayers are with you all as you move through this very sad time. Love Jean and Bob

  6. Darlene says:

    There are no words for such a great loss except you are in my heart and prayers xoxo
    Darlene and Pat

  7. Alida Duncan says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. My deepest condolences for Gloria, Kelly, Jessica, Kelli, my Aunt Joan and Uncle Walt, my cousins Kerry and Kevin, and the entire family who I know will miss Frank dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  8. Tracy says:

    Dont know what to say..I just found out.So so sorry.Frank was an awesome person.May he rest in peace.

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