Francis E. Savage Jr.

June 18, 1937February 27, 2019

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Francis E. Savage Jr., age 81, of Worcester and East Dennis, MA, passed away. He died at at his home in East Dennis after a lengthy battle with ALS.

Frank was born on June 18, 1937 in Worcester, MA to Francis E. Savage Sr. and Mildred Mary (Shaughnessy) Savage.

Frank graduated from St. John’s High School in Worcester, MA where he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. He then graduated from Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, MA. Frank attended the University of Miami on a baseball scholarship, graduating in 1961 with a B.Ed. While attending U Miami, he served as vice president of Phi Delta Theta. In 1964, he earned a Master’s in Education.

After graduation, Frank was commissioned as a second lieutenant and served two years of active duty in the Military Police in the United States Army. After being honorably discharged, he served six years in the reserves as a first lieutenant.

Frank married Beverly Ann (Bakos) in 1962 and resided in Worcester for the next 40 years.

Frank began his career as a physical education teacher for the Worcester Public Schools. He taught elementary and high school physical education, and coached high school soccer, basketball, tennis and softball. He officiated high school basketball and soccer for several years. As a coach, he inspired teamwork, leadership, excellence, and genuine concern for others. He received the Horace Mann Teacher of the Year Award for 1986-1987.

In 1989, Frank became the Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics for the Worcester Public Schools. He expanded the athletic opportunities for the Worcester Public Schools adding sports such as crew, lacrosse, swimming and hockey, and adding freshmen teams including football and basketball. He received the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association’s District Athletic Director of the Year Award in 2001.

One of his earliest passions was researching and collecting antiques. As a member of the Our Lady of the Angels community in Worcester, he served on the finance committee and St. Vincent de Paul Society. He coached baseball and softball for Ty Cobb Little League and Babe Ruth teams for many, many years.

Frank and Beverly moved to East Dennis, MA upon retirement and joined the community of Our Lady of the Cape Catholic Church in Brewster, MA. They traveled extensively and spent their winters in Florida. Frank was an avid player on the Cape Cod Senior Softball league for 15 years, enjoying the comradery of his teammates and constantly working to perfect his performance on the playing field. He also enjoyed reading, watching sports, going to the gym, and walking his Boxer, Clancy.

One of Frank’s greatest joys was his grandchildren. He appreciated each of their unique personalities and always looked forward to spending time with them. He especially enjoyed the time spent with Alexandra and Keira during summer vacation. He and Beverly introduced the girls to letter-boxing, stand-up paddle-board, trips to Boston, and performances at the many Cape Cod theaters. One of his fondest memories with Brady was cutting the grass on his Cub Cadet. Frank loved going out to dinner with Ireland at Friendly’s where she always ordered a sundae with M&Ms for dessert. He taught Riley how to feed the fish in the pond. And, of course, all three loved wiffle-ball.

Frank leaves his wife Beverly Ann and four children: Beth Anne Savage of Brewster, MA; Timothy Francis Savage of New York, NY; Jill Marie Shea of Worcester, MA; and Brendon Patrick Savage and his wife Laura of Ridgewood, NJ. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Alexandra and Keira Savage, and Brady, Ireland and Riley Shea as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, William Emmett.

Calling hours will be held from 9am-11am at Doane Beal & Ames at 729 Route 134 South Dennis, MA. A funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Cape at 468 Stony Brook Rd. Brewster on Saturday, March 9th at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the ALS Association: Massachusetts Chapter, 685 Canton St. Suite 103, Norwood, MA, 02062.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, March 9, 2019

Francis E. Savage Jr.

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David Kenney

March 15, 2019

March 14, 2019

I'm sorry for your lost Frank was a big part of the Columbus park program he keep alot of young kids out of trouble back in the days he was my gym teacher for many years. R.I.P MR Savage.

David Kenney, Worcester MA, MA

Paul King

March 10, 2019

March 9, 2019

To the Savage Family Sorry to hear of Frank's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Paul King

Howard Bottomly

March 8, 2019

Frank was great co worker, a true professional. So sorry for your loss.

Jeff Long

March 7, 2019

Beverly and family, very sorry for your loss. Frank was a dedicated AD, friend and colleague.

Jeff Long

Fran and Maureen Incutto

March 6, 2019

So sorry to read of Frank's passing. Sending good thoughts and prayers to you all at this most difficult time.

Fran and Maureen Incutto

Christine McCarthy

March 6, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Christine McCarthy

Christine McCarthy, Worcester, MA

Angela (Hanlon) DuDeVoire

March 6, 2019

Beverly and family, I'm so very sorry to read of Frank's death and truly sorry that I never followed through on getting together with you both on the Cape after we all got together in 2011 for our Gates Lane School reunion. Fran and I were in the same classrooms from kindergarten thru 8th grade and he was such a nice guy. I was so glad that you both were able to attend that reunion, so that we were able to renew our friendship. Please know that you all as well as Fran are in my prayers. I'm unable to attend Fran's funeral as I'm in Florida, but my thoughts will be with you all.

Sincerely, Angela
Angela (Hanlon) DuDeVoire, Old Orchard Beach, ME

Donald Malm

March 6, 2019

I'm sorry for your loss. Frank was such a great help for me when I started teaching and coaching in in the Worcester Public Schools. A true gentleman.

Donald Malm, Worcester, MA

David and Christina O'Neill

March 6, 2019

Beth, so sorry for your loss.

From David and Christina O'Neill

Kimberly Boisclair

March 6, 2019

My condolences to the entire Savage family. Mr. Savage was a kind and gentle man.

Kimberly Boisclair, Worcester, MA