Richard (Dickie) Francis, 85, of Saint Regis

Richard (Dickie) Francis, 85, of Saint Regis passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of September 11th, 2019.
Richard (Dickie) Francis, 85, of Saint Regis passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of September 11th, 2019. (Source: Photo submitted by funeral home)

ST. REGIS. (WWNY) - Richard (Dickie) Francis, 85, of Saint Regis passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of September 11th, 2019.

He was a loving husband to Marion (Marita) Sawatis married on April 7th, 1956 for 63 years.

Third generation Ironworker for 52 years for Local 440, Dickie worked all over the North East in the United States and Canada including the Unisphere for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Royal Canadian Mint in Montreal, Eisenhower Locks in Massena, and many more bridges and structures in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Connecticut.

Beside his love of ironworking, Dickie enjoyed time on his pontoon, snowmobile and tractors. Jack of all trades, a true Mr. Fix- it, Dickie could fix anything and loved being the handy man at the St. Regis Church after his retirement.

He is pre-deceased by his parents Louis Francis and Mary (Sharrow) Francis and siblings Junior Francis, Teddy Francis, and Clara (Francis) Sharrow and daughter Joanne Francis.

He is survived by his wife Marita Francis, his sons Terry and Leona Francis, Scott and Tammy Francis, and daughter Lynn Francis; grandchildren Jared, Jay & Sylvia, Sunnie, Justin & Wendy, Collin, Mia & Ryan, Tara, and Tawny; and great children Hendrick, Symphonie, Sarabella, Zoey, Amelia, Lexi; and nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at his home on 4 Francis Lane in St. Regis starting at 2:00 pm on Friday September 13th, 2019 until 10:00 am on Saturday September 14th, 2019. Funeral services will begin on Saturday at 11:00 am at the St. Regis Catholic Church.

Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where memories and condolences may be shared online at www.donaldsonfh.com.

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