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Francis Roark

Francis X. "Frank" Roark

August 15, 1951 - October 13, 2019
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Obituary

Francis X. "Frank" Roark, age 68, of Chelmsford, passed away on October 13, 2019, after a courageous four-year battle with lung cancer.

Frank is survived by his devoted wife, Linda (Hoye) Roark, their children; Meghan Prymak and husband Steven Prymak, Erin Herrmann and husband Christopher Herrmann, Shannon Roark, and Joseph Roark, his granddaughters; Caitlin Prymak, Reagan Herrmann, and Morgan Herrmann, his mother, Mary H. Roark, his siblings; Richard Roark and wife Endla Roark, John Roark and wife Alexandra Roark, Joseph Roark and wife Kerry Roark, Annmarie Roark, Susan Sakelarios and husband Angelo Sakelarios, Marybeth Massimino and fiancé Thomas O’Brien, Kathleen Wilson, Jennifer Mann and husband Gary Mann, his dogs; Cato and Seamus, as well as many more cherished family members and friends. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph A. Roark, and his brothers-in-law; Robert Parker and Donald Wilson.

Frank’s compassion, sense of service, and patriotism knew no bounds. Frank served as an infantryman in the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division and subsequently as a Green Beret medic and diver in the United States Army 1st Special Forces Group, as Deputy Police Chief of Chelmsford, and as Commander of the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (“NEMLEC”) SWAT team (formerly the Special Operations Unit). A testament to his unparalleled work ethic, Frank owned two successful businesses over the course of his career: Roark Irrigation and Chelmsford Well and Pump.

Frank’s passions were varied, from marathon running, ice fishing, and storytelling to gardening, beekeeping, and writing. Of all his passions, none was greater than his passion for being surrounded by loved ones.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, 155 East 55th St., #6H, New York, NY 10022.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 17th, 2019 from 4pm until 8pm at the Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home, 24 Worthen Street, Chelmsford.

His funeral Mass will be held on Friday, October 18th, at 11:00 am at St. Mary Parish, 25 North Road, Chelmsford.

KINDLY MEET AT THE CHURCH.

Burial will be held privately.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    October 17, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    October 17, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home
    Address
    24 Worthen Street
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    October 18, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    October 18, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    St. Mary Parish
    Address
    25 North Road
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    KINDLY MEET AT THE CHURCH
    Officiant
    Rev. Raymond P. Benoit
  • Interment

    Location
    Massachusetts Veterans' Cemetery
    Address
    111 Glenallen Street
    WINCHENDON, MA
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    INTERMENT WILL BE HELD PRIVATELY

Affiliations

  • 82nd Airborne Division
  • American
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Army
  • Chelmsford MA Police Department
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Parachutist Badge U.S.
  • US Army Reserves

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Pete Schutt

Posted at 06:35pm
I worked with Frank at Roark Associates. I haven't seen him in years, but have many fond memories. I especially remember when a bunch of us rented a place up in North Conway, NH for a couple of winters in 1979 & 1980. On our way back one night we were piled into Frank's LTD and he drove directly on to the frozen lake and started to drive around in circles on the ice. He knew the ice was frozen enough, but the rest of us weren't so sure. Great memories, great guy! He will be sorely missed!
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