Andover — Frank Sheewan Woo, 65, died unexpectedly on Sunday, August 18, 2013, in Poland, Maine. He was the devoted husband of Laraine Lellman Woo, with whom he shared 38 years of marriage.
He was born in Canton, China, on June 16, 1948. Frank grew up in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1964, at the age of 16. Frank and his wife, Laraine, spent 34 joyous years raising their three daughters in their home on Jenkins Road in Andover.
Frank was a graduate of Bridgewater-Raynham High School and continued on to Northeastern University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in mathematics. He then went on to receive an Master of Business Administration from Boston University. Frank was employed at Softlinx in North Reading as president and chief operating officer for the past 15 years. Prior to his distinguished career at Softlinx, he had also worked at Gillette, General Electric, Computer Associates, and Lotus. Frank held several U.S. patents in the area of integrated multimedia messaging.
Frank and his family loved to spend time at their summer home in Maine. He was an active man who relished the time he spent outdoors, whether it was boating, sailing, hiking, or going for his daily morning walk with Laraine. Frank traveled often for business and also for pleasure with his family. One of his most memorable trips was returning to China and Hong Kong with his family, where they visited the village where he was born and the neighborhoods where he spent his early life.
Above and beyond his professional successes, his devotion to his wife and three daughters are what truly enriched him as a person and made his life complete. He was known to be humorous, brave, and able to take on any challenge, but selfless best describes the type of man that he was. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Laraine, and three loving daughters, Meghan Woo and her husband, Matt Weiss, Caitlin Woo-Pierce and her husband, Richie Pierce, and Lauren Woo and her fiancé, Andrew Volkert; his parents, George and Goy Fong Woo; his siblings, Edward Woo and his wife, Karen, Susanna Lee, Henry Woo and his wife, Susan, Alice Lombardi, Margaret Woo and her husband, Andrew Rainer; sister-in-law, Eileen Getches and her husband, James; brothers-in-law; John Lellman and his wife, Margaret, and Joseph Lellman and his wife, Martha; and his many nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his brothers-in-law, Robert Lee, John Lombardi and Charles Lellman as well as his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Polly and Charles Lellman.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Funeral Mass for Frank will be celebrated on Saturday, August 24, at 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex St., Andover, Mass. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, August 23, in the Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home, 390 N. Main St., Andover, from 5 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend, Interment will be held in the St. Augustine Cemetery in Andover. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Frank’s memory to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at www.bcrfcure.org, or PKD Foundation at www.pkdcure.org/donate, or the Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis Foundation at www.rrpf.org. For more information, or to send condolences, please visit, www.burkemagliozzi.com.