470 Massachusetts Avenue, Acton MA 01720


Fan Li

Fan Li

Thursday, May 20th, 2021
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Mr. Fan Li, of Boxborough, MA, beloved husband, father, brother, and uncle passed away on May 20, 2021, after a long, courageous fight with a rare form of malignant spinal tumor. He was 65 years old.

Fan was born in Tianjin, China, the youngest and most mischievous of four kids. After middle school, his older siblings’ participation in Mao Zedong’s Down to the Countryside Movement afforded him the opportunity to attend and then teach at railroad technical school in Tianjin, an early hint at what would become a long fruitful engineering career. In 1978, Fan enrolled in Tianjin University, majoring in structural engineering before pursuing a graduate education in steel structures. The same year Fan graduated with his Masters, he married Xiaoyi on his birthday.

Fan immigrated to the United States from China in 1985, first attending WPI as a visiting scholar, then studying fire protection engineering in the Civil Engineering Department at WPI. He began his career at Package Industries Inc., and from there he moved to Northeast Concrete where he became a certified Structural Engineer. Shortly thereafter, he began working at Morgan Construction Co., ultimately spending nearly 30 years there, frequently traveling between the US and China to manage large projects. Fan also had a brief stint as the Sales President for Danieli China, before returning to Siemens/Primetals. A true international traveler, Fan reached the million mile club – his airline and hotel statuses were the envy of family and friends.

Fan was an avid golfer and could frequently be found on the green with friends on Sunday mornings. He enjoyed annual trips camping and skiing all around New England. Fan loved good company, good wine, and most of all, good laughs. A true family man, he cherished time spent at home with Xiaoyi and their two beautiful daughters.

Fan is survived by his loving wife, Xiaoyi, of 36 years; two daughters, Dana and Danya; his brother Wen Li and family of North Carolina; sisters Wei Li and Qi Li and their families of China; and nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews in the US, Canada, the UK, and China.

Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 3:00pm - 7:00pm in the Acton Funeral Home 470 Massachusetts Avenue (Route 111) Acton. Flowers are welcome; the family will not be accepting donations. A celebration of life will be held on a later date, to be determined.

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    Thursday, May 27th, 2021 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, May 27th, 2021 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Acton Funeral Home
    470 Massachusetts Avenue
    ACTON, MA 01720
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    Masks are required and social distancing protocols will be observed.


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Posted at 11:34pm

Vernon Jing

Posted at 05:32pm
我是大约四,五岁的时候随父母迁居到天津有名的五大道之马场道与聂伯伯家为邻,笑意应当是刚刚出生不久。凡哥因为住的很近常常来我们大院里一起玩,算得上是发小吧。文革后恢复高考,凡哥高分考入了天津大学(原北洋大学),我进了周恩来总理的母校南开大学又是近邻,之后大家先后到北美求学和定居至今。印象中的凡哥绝顶聪明,同时又非常可亲可爱,与人为善,助人为乐,是一个天生的leader领袖人才。凡哥的父母都是和蔼可亲的长者,难怪他们可以培养出这么优秀的孩子。我们大家都认为凡哥和笑意是天作之合,神仙眷侣,伉俪情深并育有两个美丽而出色的女儿,凡哥应当是一生无憾了。然而天妒英才,凡哥早走了一步。我自己并相信所有认识凡哥的朋友们都为凡哥的早逝而深为悲伤,我对笑意,女儿们及凡哥家人们的lose失去至亲的哀痛感同身受,希望你们节哀和保重。 我坚信凡哥一定会在天堂保佑笑意和女儿们,也会保佑我们大家。我们今天在此记念凡哥,也是隆重地庆祝凡哥卓越不凡的一生!May God bless 凡哥!

Xiaochun Jing 于加拿大多伦多

Ren Biao

Posted at 09:36pm
No words can describe the sadness of your sudden departure, Li Fan. I still remember when a few of us drove the motorhome to Florida when we were all at WPI 35 years ago. Life is so short! Knowing you as a friend has been a lifelong honor, and thank you for all your help, support, and laughs throughout the years.
Xiaoyi, Dana, and Danya, so sorry to hear this news. May you find the strength to cope with such a loss knowing that Fan has lived a full life.
Li Fan, rest in peace.
Ren Biao, Qin Wenjia, and Family.

Zhijun Wang

Posted at 08:24pm

Haiying Jing

Posted at 01:18pm

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