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In Memory of
Francis Roark

Frank Roark, age 68, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts passed away on October 13, 2019 after a four-year battle with cancer. He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. Frank was a member of Chapter 54 Boston, Special Forces Association.

Frank served as an infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division in 1971. He volunteered for Special Forces and became a Special Forces Medical Specialist after attending the Special Forces Qualification Course. He served with the 1st Special Forces Group on Okinawa until 1974. While assigned to 1st Group he earned a Combat Divers badge. Frank left active duty and served with A/1/11th Special Forces Group based at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.

In 1978 Frank entered the law enforcement field with the Chelmsford Police Department. When he retired he was the Deputy Police Chief of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. For many years he served as the Commander of the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) SWAT Team.

As a testament to his unparalleled work ethic, Frank owned two businesses over the course of his working career; Roark Irrigation and Chelmsford Well and Pump. His passions included marathon running, ice fishing, storytelling, gardening, beekeeping, and writing.

A funeral Mass was held on October 18, 2019 at the St. Mary Parish Church followed by a private interment.


Obituary and Tributes


"Frank Roark was a cop's cop and a family man", The Lowell Sun, October 19, 2019.



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