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Fan Li

Fan Li

Thursday, May 20th, 2021
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Obituary

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.

Friends are also invited to share memories, photos, or videos on this memorial page.




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Service Details

  • Visitation

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

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WuBin

Posted at 11:34pm
我是通过李先生的朋友介绍认识的,他经常会来中国大陆出差。我们在上海虽然没见过几次面,他的正统的,稳重的,优秀的品德给我留下了深刻的印象。本来去年年初去美国之前,已约好李先生,并去府上拜访。后来因为李先生当时在治疗,以及考虑到疫情的原因,就没有赴约。现在想来,实属遗憾。他有点走的太早了,天妒英才,祈祷他一路走好。
VJ

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
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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.
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Zhijun Wang

Posted at 08:24pm
我90年去WPI上学。李凡和笑意帮了我们很多忙。我没车,李凡帮我去波士顿机场接太太。过年过节我们常去李凡和笑意家做客。李凡总像大哥哥一样对我们。没想到李凡大哥年纪轻轻就离我们而去。李凡大哥一路走好。
HJ

Haiying Jing

Posted at 01:18pm
我们和笑意两家是世交,我的父母与李凡、笑意的父母都是多年的同仁。我和笑意又是自幼的闺蜜,近60年的手足情,姐妹亲。我们为笑意失去至亲至爱的伴侣万分心痛。最后一次见李凡是2015年在马萨诸塞州波士顿的家里。我们全家去做客,李凡热情地带着我们参观哈佛和麻省理工两所世界名校,一路作了详细的介绍。当时并不知道他是忍受着病痛带着微笑全程陪伴。至今回忆起我和家人都心存感激,他的音容笑貌仍然浮现在眼前。几年来李凡顽强抵抗病魔的毅力和精神让我们钦佩。李凡的离去使我们失去了一位好友。为他的早逝惋惜。值此之际我谨代表全家向逝者表示沉重的哀悼,向笑意及家人表示深切的慰问。愿李凡一路走好,安息。
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