John E. French Sr.

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  • "Dear Family, especially "Miss Foisey", Sorry for your loss...."
    - Patricia Chute Sapir
  • "Great Guy, Great pilot. Enjoyed riding skidoos long ago. mcf"
  • "Dennis and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you..."
    - Lisa and Lance Larrabee
  • "To all the family and esoecially Eline I send my deepest..."
    - Nina McGrane
  • "Jack was the definition of "Gentleman". It was always a..."
    - Kathleen Burke Jacobs
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John E French, Sr. 93, formerly of Atkinson, NH. died peacefully on June 17th, 2013 in Palermo, ME with his wife Elaine F French, son Dennis and wife Suzanne by his side.

"Jack" was born on January 10th, 1920 in Arlington, Massachusetts to the late James M. and Elizabeth French (formally Crooks). He attended Wentworth Institute of Technology after high school. He was then trained as a pilot for the Army Air Corps and served in WWII with many decorations to his credit. His favorite plane was the B24 which saw him through 35 successful combat missions. He is probably most famous for his role in the Kassel Mission and the lives he saved. Lieutenant Colonel John E French Sr. retired in 1979 after 37 years of service. Jack also worked as a commercial airline pilot for Northeast Airlines which became Delta Airlines. He retired in December 1979 after 38 years in the sky.

Some of his favorite hobbies were woodworking, building model cars & airplanes and watching automobile racing. Jack enjoyed boating, gardening and traveling around the world with his wife Elaine, who he fondly called "Lovey".

He is pre-deceased by his sister, "Betty" Lewis and brothers Philip and Dick. Jack is survived by his devoted wife of 39 years, Elaine F French and 5 sons; John E French, Jr. of Pierre, SD; James R French and his wife Janice, of Mason, NH; David R French and his wife Susan, of Grafton, MA; Dennis J French and his wife Suzanne, of Candia, NH; Steven N French and his wife Karen of Epping, NH. He also had 8 grandchildren; Donna Spencer & Jennifer Dixon; Kenneth French; Matthew, Erin and Christopher French; Nicole & Brianna French. He had one great-grandchild; Tyler Spencer.

A memorial will be held Saturday June 22, 2013 in Candia, NH.

If you wish to make a donation in Jack's name; please consider the or the Breast Cancer Society to donate to your local chapter.

Published in Union Leader on Jan. 1, 1900
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