CAMDEN - John R. French Sr., 83, passed on April 12, 2015 with his loving wife and family. Born on November 1, 1931 in Newburyport, MA., to John F. and Marion (Cashman) French. He married Bessie Mae Loundsbury on October 9, 1954 and together they had seven children. He served in the Navy and the Coast Guard where in the early 60's they moved to Camden and he served as lighthouse keeper for Curtis Island. After retiring from the Coast Guard he worked for Eleanor Scott Guckes for 27 years, and then worked with sons until his retirement. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters Lorraine and Janet. He is survived by his wife Bessie of 61 years; seven children, eleven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one niece and nephews. His children are John French Jr. and his wife Julie, James French and his wife Betsy, Glen French and his wife Sharon, Joseph French and his wife Mary Lou, Kevin French, Marion Gilson and her husband Robert and Cathy Pine and her husband Steve. Eleven grandchildren William, Christopher, Marina, Lance, Rebecca, Joseph Jr., Laura, Robert John, Tyler, Alexis and Casey; nine great grandchildren Nathan, Zachary, Ryleigh, Norah, Natalie, Victoria, Hunter, Thomas and Cailyn. He enjoyed spending time traveling, camping, fishing, Nascar races and being with family and friends. He especially loved his family and would do anything to be with them or to help them in any way.
There will be a family graveside service later in the summer when all can be together. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Alzheimer's Research at ACT.ALZ.org. Arrangements are under the direction of Young Funeral Home and Cremation Services Searsport. www.mitchelltweedie-young.com