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Fran M Callanan, Jr

January 09, 1965 - November 16, 2023


Obituary For Fran M Callanan, Jr

Fran Callanan Jr., 58, of Peabody, MA, died peacefully in his home surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme. Fran leaves behind his cherished wife, Heather (McFarlane) Callanan, with whom he shares 17 of marriage. Fran is highly devoted to his children, Logan (17) and Rylee (15). He is the proud step father to Bobby Mason of Beverly, MA and Cody Mason of Manchester, NH. He is a loving Papa to Cambree (10), Ryan (9), Lily (3) and Elliott (1). Fran joins his late father, Francis Callanan, and mother, Lauretta (Conley) Callanan.

Fran’s love for his family is palpable and he beams this love of family for all to see. Fran and Heather are a dynamic duo who have created a life based on the principles of love, honor, integrity, hard work and devotion to one another and their family. Fran is the most supportive, hands on and engaging role model for his children and their love and respect for him will never falter. Fran’s love for them will never die.

Behind Fran’s bright blue eyes, is a sparkle and a smile. There is a sense of genuineness that puts you at ease and makes you feel appreciated, valued and seen when you are in his presence. Fran has the innate ability to make everyone around him, young or old, feel like a friend. What an honor it is to be this man’s friend. Fran has had many devoted friends since his days at the West Memorial Elementary School, Kennedy Junior High and Peabody Vetertan’s Memorial High School (Class of 1983). His friendship to so many encompasses loyalty, devotion and reliability. It also entails endless wit, sarcasm, dry humor and lots of laughs. Thank you, Fran, for being such a wonderful friend.

In addition to being a wonderful friend, Fran was also an admirable coach to hundreds of children in Peabody. Fran was both a coach and board member for Peabody Babe Ruth, Peabody Tanners Little League Softball and Peabody Western Little League. He has coached North Shore Flag Football, Peabody Basketball Association and Middle School basketball teams. Coach Fran encourages with positivity and passion for the game. Fran instilled his own values of being a team player and playing with integrity, while respecting teammates, the opposing team, coaches and yourself. Fran’s kindness, respect and enthusiasm towards each player has captivated Peabody’s young athletes. In 2023, Peabody Babe Ruth presented Fran with the “Fran Callanan Community Service Award” in appreciation for his outstanding work, leadership and volunteerism to the youth of Peabody. Fran’s legacy will continue each year with this award.

The world is a brighter, happier, funnier and better place because of Fran. Fran led a life of honor, love and integrity - he is one of the good ones and he will shine down on us as he cruises in his black Trans Am with Bismark riding shotgun, Journey booming through the speakers.

His funeral will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 AM at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St, Peabody, followed by his Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM at St. Adelaide’s Church, Lowell St, Peabody to which relative and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be on Tuesday from 4:00 until 7:00 PM. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Peabody.


21 Nov


04:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home 82 Lynn Street Peabody, MA 09160 Get Directions »
22 Nov

Funeral Mass

10:30 AM

St. Adelaide Church 708 Lowell Street Peabody, MA 01960 Get Directions »
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  • 11/22/2023

    Dad, I will forever miss your smile, laugh, and hugs. You were the best dad ever and I will forever remember you that way. I love you❤️

  • 11/22/2023

    My deepest condolences for your loss. Sincerely, Ms. Vizcarra Logan's Spanish teacher

  • 11/21/2023

    Heather, I was so sad to learn of my cousin Fran's passing. He was a wonderful and kind person. He fought the good fight. He can now Rest in Peace. My prayers that you and your family will find comfort in the days ahead. I will not be able to attend the wake. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  • 11/21/2023

    Fran , I first met you after moving to Peabody in August of 1981. ( beginning of our junior year at PVMHS ). I went to visit Kathy Rogers and Tim Marcott with my brother Jerry and we met you , Kevin Reed , and Tim Velton . You guys had an awesome group of friends in your neighborhood . I will miss your intelligent , dry humor and the fact that you understood how to use sarcasm when it was time to zing someone . It was always hilarious , even when i was getting zinged. The world was a better place with you in it and you will be missed by all. Rest in peace Stretch

  • 11/21/2023

    Loved Fran's sense of humor . It was an honor to meet Fran and Heather . RIP MJ Murphy

  • 11/19/2023

    Hi Fran, I know you are at rest now you put up one hell of a fight always staying positive never giving up. Every time there was a family event we always had great laughs. I also wanna say you are a great father, husband, papa and an awesome step dad couldn't ask for a better person to be a stepdad to my sons you been a great role model I couldn't be more happier Thank You for being you. You will be missed but not forgotten you left an imprint on everyone who met you. R.I.P Love Bob& Kelly

  • 11/17/2023

    Fran, you will be forever missed. Thank you for your friendship. Heather And family. Im so sorry for the loss of this wonderful soul. Love you all💔

  • 11/17/2023

    Deepest sympathy to his family and all of his friends. Fran has touched so many lives and will be missed by all. Love from Abbey, Addison and Keri Sousa

  • 11/17/2023

    Deepest condolences to the family during this difficult time. May his memory be eternal.

  • 11/17/2023

    Deepest sympathies to his loving wife, his children and the many who loved him. May your hearts rejoice in the memories of a kind, loving soul 🙏 Will treasure the talks, laughs and most of all, the flair you brought to any event. RIP Fran


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    It's with love, thoughts and prayers that we send our condolences to the Callanan family for your loss of Fran. . Rest in Peace Dear Fran. The staff at Fusion Optix

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    We are so sorry for your loss. -Asia Taste Cafe & Grille

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    Meaghan Flaherty sent Beautiful Dreams for Fran M Callanan, Jr - November 17, 2023

    Hi Cuz, We have been reading lots of Good Dog Carl with Luna and know you are playing with Bizmark up there. Love always, your favorite God daughter. Meaghan Flaherty with Collin and Luna

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