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Francis R. Gregoire

Posted By Wendy On November 15, 2017 @ 1:41 pm In Obituaries | 20 Comments

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1948 – 2017

Putnam – Francis R. Gregoire, 69, of Underwood Rd., died unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Day Kimball Hospital. He was the loving husband of Susan (Deslauriers) Gregoire for 41 years. Born in Putnam, he was the son of the late Leodore and Lillian (Bonneville) Gregoire.

Francis worked as a fiberglass supervisor for Repco in Ivoryton, CT, previously working for Danco Manufacturing in Putnam. Francis was a proud and active member of the Putnam Lions Club. He served as president and went on to represent the club on the state level as District Governor 23C for the 2000-2001 year. He served on the board of directors for Putnam Ambulance, also serving on the Putnam Water & Sewer Commission. He loved to hunt & fish.

In addition to his wife Susan, Francis is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Gregoire of Ashford; and his grandchildren, Mellissa Garner of Killen, AL, Elizabeth Garner of Ashford, and Aurora Paradis of Moosup. He was predeceased by his brother, the late Paul Gregoire.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Francis’ family from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017 in the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam with his Funeral Service held at 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation, 40 Temple St. #1B, New Haven, CT 06510. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.


Condolences for the family of “Francis R. Gregoire”

Condolence from Susan Rich on November 15th, 2017 5:45 pm

Sue, Rebecca, Elizabeth and Aurora, I’m so very sorry for the sudden loss of your husband, dad and pepere. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Susan

Condolence from Peter Aucoin on November 15th, 2017 7:21 pm

Our prays to all family members so sad to
Hear the news such a kind positive person.

Fellow classmates Peter & Betty Aucoin

Condolence from Greg King on November 15th, 2017 7:36 pm

Sue and Becky and the girls
We are so sorry for your loss. Fran was a big person with a bigger heart. He was always willing to help anyone in need. I will miss our frequent road trips to Lions functions through out Connecticut and the fun we had at conventions and the onion ring booth at the Woodstock Fair. We feel fortunate to call him our friend.
Greg and Deb

Condolence from Myra on November 15th, 2017 9:12 pm

So sorry for your family’s loss. You were a very sweet man. You will be missed.

Condolence from Susan Miour on November 16th, 2017 3:45 pm

Sue, and family

So sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers.

Susan Miour

Condolence from Nancy Tucker on November 16th, 2017 9:06 pm

Sue and family,
I am so very sorry for the loss of Fran. He was a very special fruend to me as well as a mentir. He will be deeply missed by all of us. My prayers of comfirt are with you all.
Nancy Tucker

Condolence from Nancy Tucker on November 16th, 2017 9:18 pm

Sue and family,
I am so very sorry for the loss of Fran. He was a very special friend to me as well as a mentor. He will be deeply missed by all of us. My prayers of comfort are with you all.
Nancy Tucker

Condolence from Linda howard on November 16th, 2017 9:42 pm

So sorry for your loss.

The Howard’s
John, Linda, JohnII , Bev & Tony

Condolence from Nanette And Bill Burdick on November 16th, 2017 9:45 pm

Dear Sue and family,

We are very saddened to learn of Fran’s death and are so sorry for your loss. Fran was a great friend, a wonderful mentor and a gracious fellow Lion! He had tremendous concern for people and always wore a gentle smile. Fran was a man of integrity and character. We count it a blessing to have known him and call him friend. He will definitely be missed!

Nanette and Bill Burdick

Condolence from Keith Gregoire on November 16th, 2017 11:59 pm

Sue & Becky words cannot express how sorry I am to hear of frans passing. It’s like a bad dream. Prayers sent. God Bless you and your family.

Condolence from Chris McCormack on November 17th, 2017 12:20 am

Susan, Rebecca and Family,

I was very saddened to hear of Fran’s passing and offer my condolences and prayers to you. I knew Fran thru the Lions and cannot begin to tell you how much of a truly great person he was both to me and those who were fortunate enough to know him. I will miss him very, very much.

Chris McCormack

Condolence from Dave Burgess on November 17th, 2017 6:25 am

Sue and all the girls, we will also miss Fran, him driving us to the many Lions functions, especially the ride home Lion Betsy and I gave you and Fran in our little Nissan after someone ran into you after Dianne’s wedding, what a trip. We will both miss him , a great friend.

Dave and Betsy Burgess

Condolence from Don and Dee St. Onge on November 17th, 2017 7:50 pm

Sue, Becky and family
We were sad to hear of Fran’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you..Sorry we cannot be with you tomorrow.. May he rest in peace.

Condolence from Lea Herrick on November 18th, 2017 6:26 pm

To Susan and Rebecca and family,

Our deepest sympathy a.to you all. Rebecca ,my sons Chris and Jonathan were your class mate in grammar school.

Please know we are saddened by your loss and you remain in our thoughts and prayers

Paul and Lea Herrick

Condolence from Tom Santos on November 19th, 2017 11:06 am

The loss of a Husband, father, grandfather, and a great Lion is a loss felt by everyone. I am so sorry you and your family have to go through this. I have known Fran since he was Governor of 23C. He was a mentor and a friend. We worked together on Retention, and he didn’t mind my phone calls and was able to help me with what I needed. He was an Icon, and will be truly missed. God Bless the family and friends, his spirit will help guide you.

Condolence from Lion Paulette Blagburn on November 22nd, 2017 8:39 am

Sue and Family,
I got to know Fran through Lions and he was a great friend. He encouraged me and helped me grow as a Lion. I know my presidency would’ve been far different without his support.
His passing will be a great loss to the Lions but even more so to his family and those closest to him.

My deepest sympathies

Condolence from Sue Morrison on November 22nd, 2017 12:47 pm

Sue and family , I extend my deepest sympathy to you all. Fran was a wonderful, giving person. I will miss him dearly.

Condolence from Francoise G. Gauthier on November 24th, 2017 9:47 am

As one of the Lord’s faithful servants returns home, I offer you my sincere and profound sympathy.
Francis was a super guy who was always willing to help out anyone in need at any time. He clearly never counted the cost.

May you now turn to him as an intercessor for your needs; he is ready and waiting for your request. He loved you all so very much.
God bless and keep you ever strong, following his example of love and self-giving.
With deep compassion,
Dr. Francoise G. Gauthier

Condolence from Daren Rondeau on November 27th, 2017 12:00 am

I’m deeply saddened the hear of the loss of “uncle” Fran. He will be missed .. he is with my father now telling the old stories..

Condolence from Denise santerre on December 8th, 2017 9:17 am

Sue and family,

So sorry to hear this morning of the loss of your husband. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

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