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Charles "Jerry" Jerome Franchot

July 29, 1942February 20, 2021

On February 20, 2021, Charles Jerome “Jerry” Franchot of Centerville, MA, loving husband and devoted father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at the age of 78 after a courageous battle with a long illness. Jerry was the beloved husband of Mary Jane (Davis) Franchot for 35 years. He was the devoted father of his two daughters, Sarah (Tully) Higgins and her husband, Peter, and Susie (Tully) Short and her husband, Brian. Jerry was also the proud grandfather of Claire, Lucas, Sylvia and Adrian. He adored them all. After attending Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, MA, and Peacham Academy in Peacham, VT, Jerry served in the United States Air Force for four years. After returning from military service, Jerry graduated from Boston University. He spent his over 25-year career as a computer systems engineer at Stone & Webster in Boston, MA. His job enabled him to travel the world and his family loved to hear about his amazing experiences after he returned from each trip.

A native of Cambridge, MA, and a staple at the Bull & Finch Pub in Boston, Jerry loved city life. A tap on the shoulder from Jane while he was perched on his favorite bar stool one evening in 1982 changed his fate and found him living out the rest of his days as a family man in the suburbs.

Jerry’s maternal family owned a beautiful old farmhouse on Cape Cod. Every summer while the girls were growing up, he braved bridge traffic to introduce his family to Cape life. Years later, Jane and Jerry settled on the Cape. He instilled in his girls a love of the Cape that will be passed on to future generations. Jerry was a hereditary member of the New York State Society of the Cincinnati. In his younger years, he was an avid racquetball player and won many tournaments at the Boston Athletic Club. Jerry also enjoyed golf, family ski trips, micromanaging his daughters’ yard work, and spending hours at the beach without sunblock.

Services are private. Donations in memory of Jerry can be made to COMM Firefighters Association, Inc., 1875 Falmouth Avenue, Centerville, MA 02632 in gratitude of their care for him.


  • Mary Jane (Davis) Franchot, Wife
  • Sarah (Tully) Higgins and her husband, Peter, Daughter
  • Susie (Tully) Short and her husband, Brian, Daughter
  • Claire, Grandchild
  • Lucas, Grandchild
  • Sylvia, Grandchild
  • Adrian, Grandchild

  • COMM Firefighters Association, Inc.


Charles "Jerry" Jerome Franchot

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Paul Donovan

February 24, 2021

Dear Jane and daughters-- I was so sorry to learn of Jerry's passing! During my 40-year law career (I retired three years ago) Jerry was one of those rare clients who I came to think of as a friend. He was such a decent man and so devoted to his family and to his late mother Helen. I'll never forget the multi-year litigation with John and the patience, courage and determination which Jerry showed throughout. He was truly a prince of a man!

My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Paul Donovan

Mikell Perry

February 21, 2021

Our hearts are sad but our memories are not! Jerry never tired of telling me about skiing at Attitash with Brett, then just 7 or 8. "He just took off," Jerry would tell, his eyebrows raised an eyes wide. "We are at the top of a Black Diamond trail and he yelled, "Follow me" and he took off. I was scared to death but I had to go."

And that, to us, was Jerry. He would go the extra mile, take the uncomfortable route, and do what he felt needed to be done. Sure, he'd complain about it, usually with a chuckle, but that was just who he was. A good man who loved his family, took care of them, and supported them.

Janie, Sarah, Susie and families, you are remembered and loved.