Francis Darling

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COLUMBIA, Ky. - Francis Darling, 86, of Columbia, Ky., died Aug. 18, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.He was born in Franklin, on June 25, 1928, the son of Henry and Mary Josephine (Morris) Darling. Francis was educated in local schools of Franklin, and attended Northern Essex Community College.Francis was a self-employed horse trainer since 1966, fulfilling his love of horses from childhood. Along with training horses, he was a riding instructor and competed in horse shows all over New England. His business was his passion, but his strong love for his family was second to none.Family members include his four sons, Lee P. Darling and wife, Lori, of Manchester, N.H., Joseph M. Darling, of Newmarket, N.H., William F. Darling, of Dunbarton, N.H., Robert E. Darling and wife, Julie, of Dunbarton; three daughters, Anne Marie Dowler and husband, Robert, of York, Maine, Patricia A. Nesbitt and husband, Robert, of Merrimack, N.H., Jeanne M. Darling, of Billerica, Mass.; 10 grandchildren, Michael, Kimberly, Scott, Jennifer, Kristen, Joseph Jr., Katie, Robbie, Luke and Samuel; two great-grandchildren, Caleb and Emma; three sisters, Barbara Jamieson of Stoneham, Mass., Audrey Darling of Charlestown, Mass., and Roberta DeCarlo and husband, Kenneth, of Charlestown; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.He was predeceased by his wife, Mary J. (Whooley) Darling in February, and by his sister Jeanne Cann.


SERVICES: Calling hours at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., corner of North Street, Manchester, N.H., will be Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by a celebration of life service with military honors starting promptly at 3:15 p.m. in the funeral home.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Francis H. Darling National Service Scholarship Fund at FHDNSS.COM. To send an online message of condolence, please go to

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Lambert Funeral Home
1799 Elm Street Manchester, NH 03104
(603) 625-6951
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Published in Union Leader on Aug. 21, 2014