Mystic - Peter R. Francis Jr., 72, of Mystic, passed away Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at his residence.
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He was born on July 29, 1940, in Calais, Maine, the son of the late Peter R. and Isabelle (Stanley) Francis. For over 41 years, Peter had been employed as a welder at the Electric Boat Company in Groton, retiring in 2007. He was a world class structural welder who could boast of a welding record unparalleled in the shipyard. He maintained a 0% rejection rate for over 12 years, in an industry where any rate below 5% is considered good and 3.2% is average.
The good-natured compliment that was heard when he completed a welding job, "You can paint that one now" referred to a completed welding job, meaning no defects were found. A perfect record of 12 years certainly justified such praise. Peter's superior hand and eye coordination was evident in his favorite hobby as well, having won several trophies for shooting pool. In addition, he travelled to Maine every August to go salt water fishing. Peter was also a full blooded Passamaquoddy Indian originating from Maine. Hence, his love of the state.
His survivors include two sons, Peter Francis III of Groton, and Christopher Francis of East Haven; his grandchildren, Danielle Francis of Florida, Evan C. Francis of New Haven; his partner, Cheryl Adamec of Mystic; his cousin, Linda Stanley; and his special niece, Glenda Alaniz.
Besides his parents, he had also been predeceased by four sisters; and a brother.
Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 31 Thames St.. Groton, is assisting his family with the arrangements, which are to be private.
Donations in his memory may be directed to Hospice Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360.
Please visit www.byles.com to sign his guest book or to share a memory.
Published in The Day on Dec. 16, 2012