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Charles "Chip" D. Francis

1 January , 196028 August , 2019

BREWSTER – Charles D. “Chip” Francis of Brewster, MA passed away on August 28th, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec CA. He is survived by his wife Christine Q. Francis, his three children, Tyler, Sasha and Haleigh, his mother Anna Coderre and his sister Cynthia Poorman. He is predeceased by his father Charles Francis and his sisters, Charlene Francis and Sheila DeNino. Charles’s extended family include his mother-in-law, Theodora G. Higgins, his many brother and sisters-in-law, and his nieces and nephews.

Chip was born in Middletown, CT, and grew up in Chester, CT. He graduated from Boston University, and lived in Haddam, CT with his wife and family for 17 years before relocating to Cape Cod. He worked in the telecom industry as a sales engineer, and at the time of his death, worked for Cogent Co. as a senior sales engineer.

Chip was a diligent, hard worker who always made family his number one priority. He was a lover of animals, and always enjoyed spending time outdoors, beach walks and sunsets.

Funeral arrangements will be held privately, and a celebration of Chip’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Chips honor may be made to: Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, 130 Vision Way Bloomfield, CT 06002 www.fidelco.org. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.


  • Funeral arrangements will be held privately, and a celebration of Chip’s life will be held at a later date


Charles "Chip" D. Francis

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Nancy Sarro

15 September 2019

I was so sorry to hear this news. I send my deepest sympathies to Chip's family. I remember Chip from going through elementary and high school together and I remember him as a kind, sincere, fun loving person. I'm sure he was a great dad and husband. May memories of happy times bring some peace to his family.

Alex Ellazar

11 September 2019

I worked with Chip since I first started at Cogent more than 5 years ago. Since the first day I met him till the last communication I had with him on one of the may opportunities we were working on, Chip was always willing to help me with anything I needed. And he knew I appreciated it. because I told him all the time. Chip loved what he did for a living and the people he worked with. He didn't have to say it, you felt it. He loved travelling to Toronto and I looked forward to the times he we would work out of the TOR3 office and attend face to face meetings with me. He always had a smile on his face, always willing to help. Chip was the best of the best. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for helping me at Cogent so I can provide for my family these past 5 years. Thank you for everything buddy... RIP CHIP

Rob Bibbiani

10 September 2019

Dear Christine, Tyler, Sasha & Haleigh (whom I haven’t met) and Ann & Cindy (whom I’ll always remember),

I was so saddened to hear of Chip’s passing, and send my deepest condolences to all of you.

Chip was my first friend in life (though we more often called him Chips in those days) and I have memories of us back to at least age four. We spent many hours together doing many things, as well as many hours doing nothing. He was a great companion and just plain easy to be with. Among many things we shared was an early love of baseball, and played on the same Little League team, where he was our sure-handed first baseman and fearsome clean-up hitter! We grew in different directions after elementary school, but always remained friends and I never lost my affection for him.

My wife asked me what he was like, and the first thought that came to me was “sweet”. He was a sweet and generous boy, from a sweet and generous family, and by all accounts it appears that, not surprisingly, he grew into a sweet and generous man.

The last time I saw Chip was completely by coincidence about ten years ago, fittingly enough outside Fenway Park, and we were able to spend some time catching up between games of a day-night doubleheader. I don’t remember much of the conversation specifically, though I suspect we talked about our families and reminisced about the good old days on Castle View Drive, and I do remember thinking how he was still so easy to be with. We parted not knowing when we might see each other next, but it never occurred to me that I would never see him again, in this life.

Chip was my first friend in life, and for that I was very fortunate and ever grateful. Goodbye sweet friend, may you rest in peace, until we meet again.

In sorrow, but with love and gratitude,
Rob Bibbiani

Valerie Jacobs

10 September 2019

My deepest condolences to the Francis family. I had the pleasure of working with Chip in one of the Toronto offices for many years. I always enjoyed his visits to the office. He was always willing to help with any technical questions... or any other assistance needed. He was such a pleasant and wonderful person. Chip will definitely be missed by all of us in Toronto/Canada... RIP Chip.

Sonia Correia-James

9 September 2019

My deepest condolences to the Francis family. I worked with Chip in the Toronto office for many years and I always enjoyed our morning talks with a lot of laughter when he visited. Chip was a wonderful person and he will be truly missed!

Bruce Elliott

6 September 2019

So very sorry, and surprised, to learn of Chip's passing. He and I worked together at Cogent Communications' in the Toronto office for many years, where he lent his strong technical resources to all sales reps and customers alike. We enjoyed many 'after hours' get-togethers, including a number of Raptors basketball games. Although he hurt with his hip issues, he never mentioned them.
A great resource, valued asset and quality friend, who has left far too soon! RIP, Chipster!

Pam Boozer

6 September 2019

My deepest condolences to the Francis Family. I have had the pleasure of working with Chip for the past 8 years at Cogent, and he was such a wonderful person, colleague, and friend. He taught me so much over the years, and I am truly thankful to him for that. He had such an upbeat, friendly, and approachable demeanor that his colleagues always looked forward to his visits. He is already greatly missed by me and everyone here that knew him.

cathleen anderson-baker

6 September 2019

my very dearest Chris and family...i am so so sorry.my heart breaks for you.i was trying to find you on fb and was shocked to find this.he was such a wonderfui man Chris.i thank god you have your family.please email me your number when you feel up to it or call me at 860=342-4199.im sorry im so bad at typing.Chris i send you all my love and the same from jim.i hope to talk to you when you can.all my love,Cathy.

Kate Snyder

6 September 2019

Chip was my SE for the first few years he was at Cogent, and whenever my current SE wasn't available, Chip was my first choice to hop on a call with. He was so professional, and always, well, Chipper! He made it a point to always ask me how my family was doing and took a genuine interest in his colleagues lives. I didn't work with him much in the last few years but was on a call with him recently and so glad I was. He is remembered so fondly. I wish his Wife and children peace during this time.

Robyn Patrie

6 September 2019

My sincere and deepest condolences to Chip's family. I am very sorry for your loss. I had the absolute pleasure of working alongside Chip at Cogent for the past 8 years. He was a true professional, one of the best and I consider myself blessed to have known him as my colleague and friend. He will be incredibly missed.