Donald G. French

Jul 03, 2018
Donald French

Spruce Head — Donald G. "Don" French, 88, died, following an extended illness, Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport

Born in Rockland Jan. 24, 1930, he was the only child of Gardner and Vera Maker French. Educated locally, Don was a 1947 graduate of Rockland High School.

Following graduation, Don enlisted in the Army with the goal of becoming a paratrooper. Achieving this goal, he served 26 years in the Army, including two tours in Vietnam and one in Korea.

While in the Army, he married Louise Connolly. Together they raised two children, Lisa and Donald Jr. Mrs. French passed away in 1998.

After retiring from the Army, he kept busy working as a delivery driver for UPS. He took great pride and enjoyment in this positon for more than 21 years.

Later in life, Don married Madelyn Weeks Leonard May 1, 2008. Together they have resided in Spruce Head their entire married life. Here Don also was the co-owner of McLoon’s Wharf.

Predeceased by a grandson, Don Michael French, Don is survived by his wife, Madelyn French, of Spruce Head; his children, Lisa Casey and her husband, John, of Rayford, N.C.; Donald French Jr. of Keller, Texas; a grandson ,Tony Bell, and his wife, Heather, of Carey, N.C.; great-grandchildren Jake, Luke and Katelyn Bell; his stepchildren, Cheryl Pease and her husband, Willard "Skip" of Spruce Head; Rick Leonard and his wife, Cindy, of Rockland; his step-grandchildren and their families, Angela Weston of Winthrop, Dawn Bradeen of Warren, Samantha Buffard of North Waterboro, Dan Pease of Rockland and Jaime Leonard of Massachusetts.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at Ocean View Cemetery, Route 73, South Thomaston.

Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland

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