Hale, Francis G.

Francis G. (Frank) Hale IV, 59, passed away unexpectedly on August 5, 2019, after a brief illness.

The son of Joan (Kelly) and Francis G. Hale III of Springfield, formerly of Wilbraham and Canton, Frank was born on September 21, 1959, and spent his youth in Canton, where he earned his Eagle Scout ranking. A 1977 graduate of Boston College High School, Frank earned a degree in chemistry from Brown University in 1982.

Frank enjoyed a fulfilling career teaching religion, chemistry and coaching a state championship soccer team at Bishop Cheverus High School in Portland, ME. He also spent several years teaching and coaching in Belize. He had a passion for the theater and earned awards designing sets and lighting for numerous high school and community theater productions in Maine as well as Florida.

Frank was a devoted son and loving brother to sisters Mary-Lee Hood (Tom) of Memphis, TN, Kelly Dietz (Jon) of State College, PA, and Catherine Duquette (Tom) of Wilbraham, and brothers Michael (Rachel) of Northampton and Tom (Lauri) of Woodbridge, VA. His numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives, and the many close friends he made throughout his life will dearly miss him.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, August 10, at St. Cecilia’s Church in Wilbraham.

Donations in Frank’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

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