Fred Wesley French Jr.


LEWISTON – Fred Wesley French Jr., 60, of Lisbon passed away on April 16, after a courageous battle with mesothelinona at the Central Maine Medical Center with his loving family by his side.

He was born on Sept. 4, 1945, in Bath, a son of Fred Wesley French Sr. and Virginia B. (Hill) French.

He was educated in the Bath schools and later went on to join the Army National Guard. He then went to work for Bath Iron Works for 42 years with the remaining 25 years as a supervisor at the Harding Plant. In the hardening plant he made many lifelong friends throughout his career.

He married his childhood sweetheart and best friend, Eleanor (Linda) Dionne on June 20, 1964.

He had been a former member of the Masons, serving as Master Mason.

He had a great love for the outdoors, that love brought him his enjoyment and hobbies of hunting, fishing, camping and sports, particularly hockey and football. Though his greatest love and enjoyment in life was being with his family, especially his grandchildren, he loved being at all of there events, teaching them how to play ball and fish. He was a very devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his loving wife of more than 42 years, Eleanor “Linda” French of Lisbon; his two daughters, Lisa Piche of Lisbon, Lolita Robitaille and husband, Mike, of Lisbon Falls; his son, Fred Wesley French III of Winthrop; his father, Fred Wesley French Sr.; his six grandchildren, Kasey, Kristin, and Kelsey Piche, Joseph, Alyson, and Ryan Robitaille; two sisters and their husbands, Sandra and Richard Freeman of Bath, Sharon and Randy Probach of Bath; three brothers and their spouses, Jack and Bertha French of Damariscotta, David and Linda French of Bath, Buddy French and his friend, Al of Portland; his three sisters-in-law and husbands, Mary Ann and Jeff Picard, Dick and Jane Farnum, and Joyce Larrabee of Monmouth; his two beloved dogs, Sarah and Simon; along with his grandson dog, Brady; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was predeceased by his mother, Virginia B. French; a sister, Mary Leeman; and his mother and father in-law, Mary and Don Dionne.