EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 29, 2013

John J. Francis, 81

Bradford — John J. Francis, 81, of Bradford, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 25, at the Merrimack Valley Hospital, Haverhill.

He was born in Cambridge, June 1, 1932, son of the late John Francis and Ann Curran Francis. He attended Cambridge High & Latin High School. Mr. Francis earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Suffolk University and his Master’s Degree from Northeastern University. During the Korean War he served in the United States Air Force.

Mr. Francis was employed, for a time, at Moors & Cabot, Boston, and, until his retirement was a 40 year employee of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Boston, from where he retired in 1999 as an investigator. A longtime member of Sacred Hearts Church, Bradford, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Francis was a member of St. Joseph’s Bowling League and enjoyed vacation time in Newport, Rhode Island.

His survivors include his wife of 52 years, Joan M. (Tassinari) Francis of Bradford, a son, John V. Francis and his wife Diana of Farmington, Conn., a brother, Edward Francis, Sr. of Arlington, a sister, Marie Navin of Marlborough, a granddaughter, Grace E. Francis as well as several nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral on Monday morning, Sept. 30, at 9:30 a.m. from the H.L. Farmer & Sons Bradford Funeral Home, 210 So. Main St., Bradford, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in Sacred Hearts Church, Bradford. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Bradford. Calling hours at the Bradford Funeral Home will be Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to Sacred Hearts Church, 48 So. Chestnut St., Bradford, MA 01835. Condolences to his family may be made at www.farmerfuneralhomes.com