Don E. French(1926 - 2014)



Don Emerson French peacefully left this world on April 1, 2014 with his loving children at his side. His family is honored to celebrate his accomplished life. Born in 1926 in Plainville, CT to Leroy and Florence (Jackson) French, Don graduated from the Mount Herman School, Class of 1944, was a tri-varsity athlete and co-captained the only undefeated New England championship football team in the school's history. Don then graduated from Wesleyan University in their accelerated war program Class of 1947. From there he entered the military and completed the Investigator's Course, Counter Intelligence School. He was assigned as an Investigator in the US and Japan. He graduated from the Officer's Candidate School and was deployed to Germany as a Company Commander in the 6th Armored Cavalry Regiment securing the Soviet Zone Border. Don continued on to the Korean War as a Company Commander in the Tank Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division where he earned the Bronze Star Medal and was named an Honorary Member of the Greek Expeditionary Forces. After the war he was recruited to serve in Washington DC as a Special Agent in the Military Intelligence Division at the Pentagon. Don retired from the Army in 1960 at the rank of Major and moved his family to Simsbury, CT. Don then began an illustrious career with Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. and was recognized as a Lifetime member of the company's distinguished President's Club for his many years of achievement, retiring in 1998. With ancestry dating back to the country's founding, Don was referred to by his compatriots as a staunch Republican and a proud Ct Yankee. Don was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Gladis Soto French, and is survived by his daughter Christina Pope (David) of Granby, daughter Katie French (Gervais Jouvin) of Canton, and son Peter French of Simsbury, and was the beloved "Papi" to his grandchildren Beckie Adherholz (JC), Missy Wolff (Benj), great-grandchildren Tyler, Maddie and Emerson. He was predeceased by his brother Horace, sisters Marjorie Eno and Barbara French and is survived by many loving nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank his extraordinary caregivers at McLean Home who looked upon him as family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Wounded Warriors Project. Burial will be at Simsbury Cemetery with Military Honors on May 3, 2014. Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, Granby has care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit, www.carmonfuneralhome.com.


Funeral Home

Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home
364 Salmon Brook Street Granby, CT 06035
860-653-6637

Published in The Hartford Courant from Apr. 5 to Apr. 6, 2014