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Groton - James Francis, 86, of Groton, died on Friday, April 15, 2011.

James was born on July 9,1924, in Providence, the son of Arthur T. and Loretta (Loiselle) Francis.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II serving three and a half years aboard an LST as a motor machinist first class. He was a participant in several major invasions including, North Africa, Sicily, Southern France, Normandy and Okinawa. James graduated from LaSalle Academy in Providence, and received his degree in business administration from what is now Roger Williams College. He worked for many years designing and brokering computer business forms for large companies in New England, New York, and Delaware.

He is survived by his wife of sixty years Margaret (Smith) Francis, his two daughters, Jane, and Mary and her husband, B.D. LaMar; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, M. Eleanor Francis of Pinehurst, Fla.; and one brother, Paul Francis, of Seekonk, Mass.

He was predeceased by his brother, Arthur T. Francis Jr.

There will be no calling hours. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday at St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church, on 69 Groton Long Point Road in Groton. Following Mass, a celebration of James' life will be held at the Hilton Mystic Hotel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Fairview, 235 Lestertown Road, Groton, CT 06340.

The Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., historic downtown Mystic is assisting the family.

Published in The Day on Apr. 17, 2011
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