Donald A. "Frenchy" Maynard
1930 - 2020
Isabelle & Anderson Funeral Home - Fitchburg
316 Clarendon St
Fitchburg, MA

Donald A. "Frenchy" Maynard, 90, was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts March 8, 1930, son of Archibald and Hazel Adel (Perry) Maynard.

Frenchy was a graduate of Fitchburg High School in 1948 and played on the varsity basketball team his junior and senior years. He was employed at the Harry Doehla Greeting Card Co. from 1948 to 1953 and then went on to work for the George S. Carrington Greeting Card Company from 1954 to 1960.

He was employed by the Fitchburg Gas and Electric Co., now Unitil Company, from 1962 to 1994, from which he retired as a Head Meter Reader.

Frenchy lived most of his life in Fitchburg, except from 1991 to 1995 when he lived in Lunenburg.

He was an original member of the former Flopenaufin Ski Club. He also was a member of the Montachusett Ski Club for many years, as well as the Wachusett Old Time Skiers Club. Frenchy belonged to the Fitchburg Historical Society, where he enjoyed doing research on the city of Fitchburg. He was also a member of the Lunenburg Historical Society, the Friends of the Fitchburg Library, and the Friends of Coggshall. Frenchy was on his Class Reunion Committee for 70 years. He was a longtime supporter and volunteer of the Longsjo Classic and Boston Marathon. No matter where he was and who he met, young and old, he was seemingly always able to make an enthusiastic connection with that person and their family or their interests.

Frenchy leaves his devoted wife of 29 years, Lucille J. (Joyce) Sheahan Maynard, his two stepsons, Garrett Sheahan and his wife Beth of Lancaster, Matthew Sheahan of Woodland Park, CO, and many nephews and nieces.

He is predeceased by one sister Ruth Maynard, three brothers, Walter A. Maynard in 1994, Richard A. Maynard in 1997, and Kenneth B. Maynard in 2004.


His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 30 at 11AM in St. Anthony di Padua Church, 84 Salem St., Fitchburg.

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A lot of great memories. RIP my friend.
william j regan
June 5, 2020
What a super guy."Frenchy" was one of the most diligent members of our cardiac rehab program. He seldom missed a session, and his appearance at an exercise session was always an inspiration to others. If we ever get back to the program we should think about having a stencil printed with his name "Frenchy" and stick it on the old Air foil exercise bike he rode for so many miles. Ya, it's still in the building up at the Burbank
Maybe the Fitchburg historical society will retire it along with you're story. We all will miss you "Frenchy"
Mike Capone
June 1, 2020
Im so sorry to hear of the passing of my Uncle Frenchy, my godfather. The last time I saw him was a number of years ago at the top of Mount Wachusett. My condolences to Lucille. He was such a great guy and friend to my father.
Kristen Anderson
May 31, 2020
I am so very saddened to hear of Frenchy's passing. I had lost touch with him after moving to Florida many years ago, but ran into him about 2 years ago while visiting my daughter, Kristen, who is Frenchy's god-daughter, in Massachusetts. I have enjoyed his Christmas cards along with updates these past 2 years. I have so many memories of him back in our skiing days, and we spent a lot of time together as I was then married to his best friend, Bud Anderson. He was one of the dearest, sweetest, kindest human beings I have ever known, and I can't help but smile when I think of him. My sympathies go out to you, Lu, as I know he will be sadly missed by you and all who knew him. He was a very special man.
Judy (Anderson) Tapply
Bonita Springs, FL
Judy (Anderson) Tapply
May 31, 2020
I sat with him many times at various historical events in the city. Always learned a bit more chatting with him. A few years ago he gave me a copy of a picture of my house from John Chitticks calendar. He wanted to make sure I had a copy. Such a warm and thoughtful man. He will be missed.
Nancy Little
May 31, 2020
Oh, I am so very sad for Frenchys family (especially his lovely wife and niece Missy) and for all who enjoyed his wonderful stories, those kind and thoughtful gifts of memories he generously shared. And as a librarian, I appreciated that he always cited his sources! I have a small collection of information he gave me especially about the area in which I live Tar Hill. I will miss you dear friend - I will miss your cheery greeting, your smile and interesting conversations. But, I am richer for having known you.
Simone Blake
May 31, 2020
In deepest sympathy to the Maynard family. Frenchy was the kindest, warm and compassionate person. The years we were priviledged to share with him are very dear to us.
The Malloy Family
Susan Normandin
May 30, 2020
Thank you for being part of my running life. Knowing you were right around the corner with that big smile and words of encouragement kept me going more than once
David Tall
May 28, 2020
Frenchy was a thoughtful friend and dedicated member of our community. My heart is saddened by his passing and my heartfelt sympathy is lovingly sent to his wife Lu and the Maynard family. He was an honorary member of Lus FHS Class of 1950 providing FHS trivia and being our class photographer at his own expense. My late husband grew up with the Maynard boys and while working as Meter readers, they attempted with vigor a 50 mile hike to Boston that was covered by local radio. Only one of many Frenchy stories. Sending love and prayers to Lu. Joan Driscoll
Joan Driscoll
May 28, 2020
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