Francis Bessette

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Francis “Red” Bessette Clifton Park, NY - Francis “Red” Bessette, formerly of Saratoga Springs, entered into the arms of the Lord on Monday, March 17, 2014, after a brief illness, surrounded by family and friends at Albany Medical Center. He was 73. Born on June 15, 1940 in Whitehall, NY he was the son of the late Margaret V. Bessette and Francis Rouse. Francis proudly served in the United States Marines from 1960-1967. While serving in the Marines he did active duty in Viet Nam. He was employed by Saratoga Springs DPW before retiring in 2000. He also worked at Saratoga Harness Track doing security. Red loved fishing and enjoyed playing Yahtzee in his spare time. He would often be found at most of the Saratoga High School football games on the weekends. Red was that man that would lend a hand to anyone in need, no matter what the need was he gave his all. He loved his family deeply and did all he could to make them strong and loving. He will be greatly missed by all. In addition to his mother and father, Red is predeceased by a brother, Francis ”Jake” O’Melia, and a sister, Peggy Roarick. Survivors include his wife, Penny L. Bessette of Clifton Park; his children, Chris L. Shipley of Glens Falls, Anthony T. Bessette of Saratoga Springs, Jocelyn J. (Johnson) Milne of Anchorage, Alaska, Jamie L. and CJ Bessette of Saratoga Springs; 11 grandchildren and another one expected in August of 2014 one great-granddaughter and another one expected in July of 2014. He is also survived by a brother George E. Woodard of Albuquerque, New Mexico and many nieces and nephews located in New York, New Mexico, Colorado, Virginia and Texas. Relatives and friends may call from 6 to 8pm Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373). Funeral services will be at 9:30am Friday, March 21, 2014 at the funeral home and burial with military honors will follow at 11am at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Rd., Schuylerville. Online remembrances may be made at


Funeral Home
William J. Burke & Sons - Saratoga Springs
628 North Broadway  Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 584-5373
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Published in The Saratogian on Mar. 20, 2014
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