Albert J. French, Jr.
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North Hampton, NH, ties to MA, Army Vet; 86
NORTH HAMPTON, NH -- Albert Joseph French, Jr., 86, of North Hampton, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at the Mark Wentworth Home in Portsmouth surrounded by family and friends.
French was born January 30, 1927 in Boston, the son of the late Albert Joseph and Mildred (O'Brien) French.
French attended the Webster School and Central High School, Manchester, where he graduated as Valedictorian. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1947.
He was a veteran of the United States Army, having been trained as a Japanese interpreter.
French was employed at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company for 43 years. He accepted his first position with Liberty prior to graduating from UNH and retired from the company in 1989, as Assistant Vice President and Manager of Administration and Personnel Services. In retirement, Liberty Mutual sponsored French as a Loaned Executive to United Way until he was 80 years old.
French was a creative, innovative thinker and believed strongly in the lifelong power of learning. In his senior years, French had been an instructor of Principles of Management at Hesser College and the College for Lifelong Learning of the University of New Hampshire.
He spent countless hours nurturing his talent and passion for painting. He was a member of the Seacoast Artist Association. He loved the creative process and the positive impact his work had on others. In January of this year, he was able to attend the opening reception of what would be his final art show at RiverWoods in Exeter. It was a most dignified and beautiful crescendo moment for Mr. French. It was truly the show of his life.
He leaves two sons, Bradford Ross French and his wife, Sue of Hampton, and Carl William French and his wife, Judy of Alfred, ME; as well as a daughter, Patricia French Marshall of Baltimore, MD, a stepson, Steven Lyons and his wife, Ellen of Chelmsford, MA; two step daughters, Janet Poitras and her husband, John of Deerfield, and Beverly Lyons String of Columbia, SC; 10 grandchildren, Ben, Brandon and Daniel French, Amy Brown, Bethany Baylies, Jennifer Sheridan-Collins, Traci Janvrin, Scott and Greg Lyons, Sarah Plouff; and seven great-grandchildren.
Mr. French was predeceased by Ruth Seymour French, his loving wife of 27 years, and mother of his children, who passed in 1975, and Inez Lyons French, his loving wife of 36 years, who passed in 2012.
FRENCH -- Visiting hours will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2013 at Remick & Gendron Funeral Home, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton. A memorial service will follow the visitation starting at 6:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be on Saturday, April 6 at noon at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Chelmsford, MA. Music was an important part of both Al and Inez French's life. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial gift to the Mark Wentworth Home Music Fund, 346 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801. More information on giving at http://markwentworth.org/giving-2/. For directions or to sign an online guest book visit www.RemickGendron.com.
Remick & Gendron Funeral Home
811 Lafayette Road Hampton, NH 03842
Published in Lowell Sun on Apr. 1, 2013