Jeffrey Wilson French

July 16, 1936September 12, 2017

CONTOOCOOK-Joseph Wilson French, Jr., 81, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017 after a long illness. Joe was the son of Joseph Wilson French, Sr. and Helen Gladys (Fisk) French. He was born at the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, formerly Memorial Hospital, in Nashua, NH, on July 16, 1936.

He was educated in Merrimack, NH, schools, and attended Tilton School for a post-graduate year. He received a BS in Civil Engineering in 1961 from New England College in Henniker, NH. He held a certification as a Professional Engineer.

Joe worked on numerous roads, bridges, wastewater treatment facilities, gas plants, and dams. He worked for Shell Oil Co. in New York, and on the Kinzua Dam in Warren, Pennsylvania. He helped to build Anheuser-Busch breweries in Merrimack, NH; Williamsburg, VA; Columbus, OH; and Jacksonville, FL, and was the resident engineer for the can plant in Jacksonville.

Joe valued his family above all. He leaves his wife of 59 years, the Reverend Elizabeth (Little) French; daughter Brenda L. French and her husband Gary W. Gagne; son Joseph S. French and his wife Rebecca; son Peter D. French and his wife, Anne; son Matthew C. French and his wife Leigh-Ann and grandchildren Wilson, Anna, Erin, Jackson, Megan, Kylee, Christopher, and Jillian.

Joe was a voracious reader, and enjoyed watching horse-pulling events in NH and FL.

He will be deeply missed by his family.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 15, 2017, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Home, 209 N. Main St., Concord, NH.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Wound Care Center at Concord Hospital, Concord Hospital Trust, Office of Philanthropy, 250 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301 or; The CRVNA Hospice, 240 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301; or the First Congregational Church, UCC, 1548 Hopkinton Rd. Hopkinton, NH 03229. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the French family.


  • Calling Hours Friday, September 15, 2017
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 30, 2017

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Marilyn Pelletier

September 21, 2017

Dear Betty, We were so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was such a wonderful person to talk to. Sending you and your family our deepest sympathy.

Marilyn & Don Pelletier
Hooksett, NH

Nancy Rideout

September 20, 2017

Dear Betty, My sympathy to you on the death of Joe. He is pain free and in peace now. My thoughts are with you.

Laura Meggo

September 15, 2017

Dear Betty, Im so sorry to learn of Joes passing,I am glad I got to see him n chat a bit during my June visit. You and the family will be in my thoughts and prayers.Love of Love, Laura Meggo

Cindy Batten

September 14, 2017

Betty and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We always enjoyed time with Joe. May your memories of him and the comfort of family and friends bring you peace, and help you to grieve and to celebrate his life among us. God bless,
Cindy and Les Batten

Fran Berube

September 13, 2017

Rev Betty, I am so sorry to hear of Joe's death. Please know you and your family are in my prayers for peace for each of you. Fran Berube First Parish Church

Bette McClure

September 13, 2017

Betty, I am so sorry to hear of Joe's death. I know we have been out of contact for awhile and I was not aware that he had been sick. Please know that I am holding you and your family tightly in prayer during this difficult time. Blessings, Bette