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Official Obituary of: Francis J. “Frank” Leary, Jr., 77, on July 9, 2024

Francis J. “Frank” Leary, Jr., 77, on July 9, 2024

NORTH ATTLEBORO – Francis J. “Frank” Leary, Jr., aged 77, of North Attleboro, MA, Punta Gorda Isles, FL, and Lake Dunmore, VT, passed away peacefully after a short illness on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, MA. He was the beloved husband of the late Francine L. (LeCompte) Leary, who passed away on March 24, 2018. Born in Attleboro, MA, on January 12, 1947, he was a loving son of the late Francis J. Leary, Sr. and Beatrice O. (Matthieu) Leary.

Frank grew up in North Attleboro and attended Saint Mary’s School. He was a 1964 graduate of North Attleboro High School and went on to further his education, earning his bachelor’s degree from Castleton State College in Castleton, VT. He continued his studies and earned his master’s degree from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT.

Frank began his auspicious career in education at South Attleboro Middle School, now Robert J. Coelho Middle School, in South Attleboro, where he taught English and social studies. He then went on to fill the position that he would become most remembered for, the influential principal of Cyril K. Brennan Middle School in Attleboro, where he was revered by students, teachers, and parents. Always a steadfast leader and well-dressed consummate gentleman, under Mr. Leary’s direction Brennan came to be known as a Vanguard school, and he mentored countless students over the course of his tenure. During this time, he also served as the director of the City of Attleboro summer school program and was elected to the Town of North Attleboro’s school committee, becoming one of the committee’s longest-serving members. He retired from Brennan in 2002. Unable to completely bow out just yet, Mr. Leary was welcomed by Providence College in Providence, RI, as a member of the faculty, where he taught classes for the school’s master’s program up until his health declined recently.

A man of strong Catholic faith, he was a longtime communicant of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in North Attleboro, where he served as the chairman of the altar decoration committee, Eucharistic minister, lector, and an integral part of organizing the church’s Christmas fair and supporter of Saint Mary-Sacred Heart School. He was most proud of being awarded the Marian Medal by the bishop of the Fall River Diocese, a true testament to his faith and something that he considered to be one of his life’s greatest achievements.

Although he was extremely career-oriented, Frank was a voracious reader and loved to travel, going on multiple trips to Ireland, many cruises, and various other locations with his beloved Francine over the years. He was also an avid New England Patriots fan and particularly enjoyed rooting for Tom Brady. His favorite times, however, were those spent in the company of his adoring family, especially his nieces and nephews.

He was the dear brother of David P. Leary and his wife Celeste of North Attleboro; Judy Leary Colvin and her husband James of North Attleboro; Donna Swinington of Leicester, VT; and Nancy Keith of Brandon, VT. He was the doting uncle to his cherished nieces and nephews: Jay Francis Leary and his wife Erika of Lincoln, RI; Kathleen Ramsay and her husband Bradford of Leicester, VT; Elizabeth Ripley and her husband Robert of Leicester, VT; Michael Keith and his wife Susan of Bristol, VT; and John LeCompte of North Attleboro. He was also the great-uncle to many grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Visitation, to which relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend, will be held on Friday, July 12, 2024, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in his honor by the Reverend David A. Costa on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at 10:00 AM in Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church (Transfiguration of the Lord Parish), 14 Park Street, North Attleboro. Interment will follow in the Leary family plot at Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Attleboro Falls, at which time Frank will be laid to rest with his beloved wife of thirty-four years, Francine. The family requests that all those who will be attending the funeral, please report directly to the church that morning. There will be no public funeral procession leaving from the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Frank’s memory to the Saint Mary’s Building Fund, c/o Transfiguration of the Lord Parish, 14 Park Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760.

To sign an online guestbook for Frank, please visit www.sperrymchoul.com.

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  • Joe Delude says:
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    Judy, Donna, Nancy , David and the entire extended Leary family, Heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you all during this extremely sad time. My memories with Frank started in 1972 and 73 when I worked with Frank at the Junior High doing two practicums and then my student teaching. His love of teaching influenced me at that time to enter the education profession and fifty plus years later, I am still involved in this most noble endeavor. I am also honored to have Frank as a friend during all these years having most recently enjoyed lunch with him in Punta Gorda in March. He will forever stay in our memories and will be missed by all who knew him.
  • Joanna Kolis says:
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    My heartfelt condolences to Mr. Leary’s family. I am deeply saddened by his passing. Mr. Leary was my favorite teacher at South Attleboro Middle School (7th grade) and quite possibly the best teacher I ever had. His engaging teaching style and genuine care for his students made a lasting impact on me. He inspired me to become a better student. He loved teaching and reaching students (I loved his trivia games). I regret that I only knew him during middle school, as his obituary highlighted his extraordinary life.
  • Bob McGuire says:
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    My condolences to Judy and Dave and the rest of the Leary family. I was shocked and saddened by the news of Frank’s passing. He was a great teacher, sacrificed countless hours of his time as a school committee member and an overall great guy. I am proud to have known him and worked with him. God bless you Frank.
  • Christine (McAndrews) Bell says:
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    Very sorry to hear of Mr. Leary’s passing. He was one of my and my siblings’ favorite teachers at SAMS. For his family, the SAMS of the 70’s and 80’s FB page is filled with so many tributes to Mr. Leary today. He clearly had a big impact on everyone. RIP.
  • Mark and Dina Medeiros says:
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    Our sincere condolences to the immediate Leary family and Frank’s extended family of former students and friends . It is with great sadness that we share with all people who Frank and Francine touched through out their lives . Special thoughts go out to David and Judy and their family members on their loss .
  • Dianne and Joe Landry says:
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    Our condolences to the Leary family. Frank was such a wonderful person, a true gentleman. He was so very kind. We both enjoyed conversations with him about so many different things. Frank was one of a kind. The world has lost one of the nicest men. Frank, may you be welcomed by God’s loving face.
  • Cathy Pleau says:
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    I was lucky enough to be in Professor Leary’s classes, as well as to have him supervise my field work experiences. His knowledge, passion, and investment for education was contagious. The consistent sharing of his opinions, experiences, and goals for improvements served as a catalyst for me to want to know more and to do better. Frank Leary has continued to be my role model throughout my fifteen years as an administrator. He was the very best and I am so grateful for his guidance.
  • Flor Ribezzo says:
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    Professor Leary was such a wonderful educator at Providence College. I had the pleasure to take his class last summer. He was funny, animated, and told great stories. It makes me sad to hear about his passing. He often spoke about his wife with such love and missed her dearly. My deepest sympathy to his family. May he rest in peace.
  • Kenneth Cabral says:
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    As a former colleague of Frank, I aways enjoyed our interactions and conversations. He’ll be dearly missed.
  • Kerri Blanton says:
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    Mr. Leary was my favorite principal when I was a student at Brennan Middle School from 2000-2002. I remember him being very well dressed and so very kind. My prayers are with you during this difficult time. Rest in peace.
  • Pat Beland says:
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    I will miss seeing him at PC. We used to pass each other all the time on the third floor of Harkins Hall and he always had a kind word and a smile. RIP.
  • Lynn Gaulin says:
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    To Judy and Family, My condolences and thoughts to you during this sad time. Frank and I served together on the North Attleboro School Committee for a number of years where he brought his experience and knowledge about education to our many discussions and decisions. May he rest in peace.
  • Edward Freedman says:
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    Frank was my second principal in Attleboro at Brennan Middle School. He was a great man and a great leader! I love you Frank!
  • Angela Picozzi says:
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    Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your brother and uncle. Keeping you all in my prayers.
  • Carmen A. Rolón says:
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    At Providence College, Frank was an exceptional colleague whose wisdom and kindness will be missed. My sincerest sympathy to his lovely family.
  • Mike Messier says:
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    Mr Leary was a passionate man, especially when it came to teaching. I first encountered him at SAMS and my 3 boys all had him at Brennan where he was the principal. He was well respected and will be missed. RIP Mr Leary.
  • Chip Maguire says:
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    Frank was a true gentleman, a consummate educator, and a wonderful addition to his community. His family should be very proud. I am thankful to have known him and that my kids were lucky enough to have known him.
  • Pat and Deb Fitzgibbons says:
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    It is with such sadness to hear of Frank’s passing. He was such a wonderful, caring, friend to so many of us and he will be missed terribly. Prayers, peace , and condolences to the Leary family for your loss of such an amazing man that enriched so many peoples lives in so many ways. Rest in peace Frank and give Francine a big hug for us.❤️
  • So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. He was a wonderful man and I always felt it was an honor to know him. He is with his beloved Francine.. My condolences to all his family

  • To the family of Professor Leary,
    Please accept my sincerest condolences on his passing. He was an animated, entertaining, and passionate educator at Providence College’s Master of Education program. While challenging his students, he always revealed a compassionate perspective and a very healthy sense of humor. I’ll remember his classes fondly and with a smile.
    Peace, Comfort, and Healing,
    T

  • Dear Judy and family, we are so sorry to hear of Frank passing away.
    Our thoughts are with your family at this sad time. Cherish all of the good memories of family gatherings with Frank. He will stay with you forever in your hearts.
    Sincerely

    • James McCracken says:
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      Mr. Leary was my favorite teacher at South Attleboro Middle School. I loved his Social Studies class and he is the reason for my love of trivia. He even taught me how to dress like a man. I am truly saddened by this news. Mr. Leary I’m a history teacher now. Rest in peace.

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6 Responses

  1. Dear Judy and family, we are so sorry to hear of Frank passing away.
    Our thoughts are with your family at this sad time. Cherish all of the good memories of family gatherings with Frank. He will stay with you forever in your hearts.
    Sincerely

  2. To the family of Professor Leary,
    Please accept my sincerest condolences on his passing. He was an animated, entertaining, and passionate educator at Providence College’s Master of Education program. While challenging his students, he always revealed a compassionate perspective and a very healthy sense of humor. I’ll remember his classes fondly and with a smile.
    Peace, Comfort, and Healing,
    T

  3. So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. He was a wonderful man and I always felt it was an honor to know him. He is with his beloved Francine.. My condolences to all his family

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