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Henry G. Francis, 91, who worked for two major Boston newspapers and the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), died August 1 at home in Memphis, TN. The cause is unknown, but he had been suffering from Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Francis was born in Everett, MA to Henry and Cecilia Francis, and also lived in Nahant, MA before moving to Memphis in 1972. He wrote about college sports for the Boston Globe while a student at Boston College. He worked for the Boston Herald Traveler for 25 years, starting out in the sports department then moving to the news department, where he eventually rose to news editor. He was in the newsroom on November 23, 1963 at 1:30p.m., when bells started ringing in the wire room - the United Press wire had just two words: "KENNEDY SHOT."

Mr. Francis was involved with bridge while working for the newspaper, and after. He started out as a player, then was an ACBL tournament director. When he left the newspaper in 1972, he became the executive editor of the ACBL Bulletin for over 25 years. During that time, he also edited some editions of "The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge" and "The World Championship Book," and daily bulletins at North American Championships for several years. He co-authored "Bermuda Bowl: The All-Time Best Deals." He was inducted into the ACBL Hall of Fame in 2003.

Mr. Francis was married for over 25 years to Rose Gaudette of Malden, who preceded him in death, then for just over 40 years to Dorthy Nelson of Memphis, who survives him. He was pre-deceased by one son and a sister. He is survived by a brother, five children, five stepchildren, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation or charities.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 8 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. with the service to follow immediately at 2:30 p.m. All services will be held at Memorial Park.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Aug. 6, 2017
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