Francis Xaivier Ridge Jr., age 77, of Plymouth, passed away peacefully of natural causes on July 26, 2021. He was preceded in his death by his parents, Mary (nee Smith) Ridge, and Francis X. Ridge Sr., his brother Kevin Ridge. Frank grew up in Quincy and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in nearby Weymouth. It was at Sacred Heart that Frank met his lifelong sweetheart Mary Lois "Lois" Happeny, who eventually became his wife of 49 years, until her passing 3 years ago. In the late 1960s Frank entered the U.S. Army. As a cryptography specialist, he served with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. He proudly wore the emblems of the "1st Cav" throughout his life. After his honorable discharge, Frank worked his way through college and law school, earning undergraduate and law degrees at Suffolk University. After passing the bar exam, Frank made a career as a corporate lawyer working for the Grass Instrument Company of Quincy and later as an independent consultant. Over the years Frank and Lois resided in Massachusetts in Braintree, New Seabury, and Plymouth. More recently they spent much of their time in The Villages, Florida. Frank was a longtime motor boating enthusiast, avid world traveler, patron of the arts, and natural storyteller. In later years he parlayed his breadth of experience and love of human nature into the writing of fiction, and was an active and inspiring leader of the Writers Club in The Villages. Most notable of all, Francis Xaivier Ridge was a virtuoso of amiability. No room could contain his unforgettable outsized personality. In the very best way, Franks crackling Irish wit, twinkling blue eyes, and unfailingly warm personal rapport made an instant and lasting connection with everyone he met. His passing leaves behind beloved friends everywhere. Visitation will be held in the Cartmell Life Celebration Funeral Home, 150 Court Street Plymouth (near downtown) on Friday from 9 am - 10:30 am, followed by a funeral Mass in St. Peter's Church, Plymouth at 11 am Private interment in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Guest book at www.cartmelldavis.com
Published by The Patriot Ledger on Jul. 29, 2021.