Francis Emery Marion, “Franny”, the beloved and loving son of Lawrence Joseph Marion and Marjorie Edith (Foote) Marion, passed away at the age of 74 on Thursday, December 2, 2021 in Rocky Hill, CT after a lengthy illness. We take comfort believing that he has joined his wonderful Dad, Mom, and his gentle Brother John in Heaven. Franny was born in Putnam, CT on October 20, 1947 and resided there until his mid-twenties. He is survived by his brother Lawrence and sister-in-law Joyce, his brother Robert, his brother Joseph and sister-in-law Patricia, his sister Margaret and brother-in-law Michael, and his brother William. He also leaves his dear nephews Robert Marion, Michael St. Denis, Daniel St. Denis, and his dear niece Lisa St. Denis, and many relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his Father Lawrence Joseph Marion in 2001, by his Mother Marjorie Marion in 2016, by his Brother John Paul Marion in 2009, and by his dear Sister-in-law Jacqueline Raszowski Marion in 1998.
Franny was Baptized at St Mary’s Church of the Visitation in Putnam, CT on November 9, 1947 by Rev. John Paul Wodarski. He served there as an Altar Boy when the Mass was still celebrated in Latin. He graduated from St. Mary’s School where he was well educated by the Daughters of the Holy Spirit. He graduated from Marianapolis Preparatory School in Thompson where he received an excellent education from the Marian Fathers. He was mentored there by Father Casimir Kuckell, M.I.C. who was also a great friend of the entire Lawrence Marion Family. While at Marianapolis, Franny was a high performing student, who also excelled at baseball, basketball, and football. During one baseball game in the Putnam Babe Ruth League, he hit a home run batting left-handed and another home run batting right-handed. He worked side by side with his family at Marycrest Farm, and at other neighborhood farms while he was a teenager. He also built a pitching mound at the farm so that he could do more realistic training to improve his skills as a baseball pitcher. He was a wonderful brother and son who was always level-headed and even-tempered. He attended Providence College for 2 years. He then transferred to the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI so that he could learn the craft of writing well at their highly rated School of Journalism. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Journalism. Upon his graduation, he was promptly hired by the Mobil Oil Corporation as a writer. He lived in Brooklyn, New York. The job enabled him to travel to many different countries of the world. He worked at Mobil for a few years and earned increased job responsibilities. He left Mobil when he was offered a position by Exxon Corporation. He loved his job, and also enjoyed meeting and collaborating with other journalists who were some of his New York City friends and acquaintances. He became President of the Deadline Club of NYC which was the NYC Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He also liked to go on hiking trips with friends in the Sierra Club. He enjoyed music, including playing his guitar and singing. Then, while still a young man, he was stricken with a serious illness that precluded him from ever being able to work a regular full-time job again. He became interested in health foods and a simple lifestyle. He founded the Natural Food Institute and wrote a number of books and pamphlets. Some of these were Wonder Crops, Alternative Electricity, Powerhouse Plants, and how to construct a Sun King Food Dryer. Franny was a handsome, well built, amiable giant in his younger days. Standing 6’4” tall, his years of hard farm work had made him exceptionally strong. He was unusually kind, soft spoken, and gentle. He achieved a lot in the relatively short number of years of good health he had prior to his illness. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the many sincerely helpful staff members at the various hospitals and nursing homes who provided loving and compassionate care to Fran during his many years of disability.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the Family of Francis from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 9, 2021 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 noon at St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Masses may be offered in memory of Francis. Donations can be made to Marianapolis Preparatory School, 26 Chase Road, Thompson, CT 06277.
• Loving son of Lawrence & Marjorie Marion.
• In one baseball game, he hit two home runs from opposite sides of home plate.
• He worked as a journalist for Mobile Oil Corp and the Exxon Corporation.