OBITUARY

Dean Anthony Francis

January 31, 1960May 13, 2019

Dean Anthony Francis Indian Island—Dean Anthony Francis, “Deano”, 59, died unexpectedly May 13, 2019 at his residence. He was born January 31, 1960 in Bangor a son James Alvin and Mary Helena (Sappier) Francis. Dean grew up on Indian Island and later moved to Millinocket, graduating from Stearns High School, Class of 1979. He was employed as a paper maker at Great Northern Paper for many years. He served as a firefighter & EMT for the town of East Millinocket and served on the GNP HazMat team. Upon the mills closing Dean transitioned to becoming an Electrician, working for Sugarloaf and other electrician companies. Dean found a great deal of peace and solitude in nature and especially floating around in his boat on the Penobscot River. He enjoyed moose hunting, fishing, fiddle heading and everything and anything else outdoors; and as a proud member of the Penobscot Nation, he enjoyed drumming, singing, and dancing at community events and will be remembered as a cultural educator of these gifts of which he gave back to his community. But his greatest joy came from time spent with his children and grandchildren. Nothing in this life was more important to him than teaching his children and grandchildren the gifts he possessed and learned from the creator. He is survived by three children Nick Francis and his wife Melissa; Nastassja Francis and her fiancé Alex Graves; Yuri Francis; three grandchildren Xan(man), Kadri, and Mailaya; his mother Mary Fitzgerald; siblings Laura Francis and Mark Bolduc of NH, Lee Ann Francis and Zuo Francis of Indian Island, Lyle Francis of Fairfield, & Annette Desjardins of Indian Island.

He was predeceased by his father; and siblings EJ Francis, Rick Perry, & Jacqui Francis.

A celebration of his life will begin at 12 Noon Friday May 17, 2019 at the Sockalexis Bingo Hall, 16 Wabanaki Way, Indian Island, where a reception will immediately follow until 3PM.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Gathering Friday, May 17, 2019

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Tracy Sullivan

May 18, 2019

I met Dean while he was working at sugarloaf. It has been years now since I saw him last , but just this winter I thought I saw him twice on the narrow guage trail. He impressed me with his thoughful heart-his strong love for his children , his cultural heritage and his empathic desire to sing and play drums at the drop of a hat. We were always happy to see each other and spent many hours sharing stories and song whenever we met. I was thinking of you Dean...Sorry I missed you before you left. See you then.

Carol Cary Mulloy

May 18, 2019

I was a young school teacher in Old Town and Dean was one of my 3rd grade students. He was a delight to have in the class. He was friendly and smart and well-liked . I was there only two years as my husband was finishing college at UM. Dean was one of the students that I will always remember, he will always have place in my heart. My condolences to his family and others that knew and loved him.

Shannon Sapiel

May 17, 2019

My sincerest condolences to Deano's family. He was a great guy, a life lost too soon! I will miss you my friend, soar high with the Eagles.

Troy Haskell

May 17, 2019

I had the pleasure of getting to know Deano when he worked as an electrician for Sugarloaf. I worked for the snowmaking department so our paths would cross fairly often. We were always having some sort of electrical issues that Deano and the two other electricians would need to troubleshoot. Whenever Dean would arrive to assist with a problem everything seemed to calm down. He had a way of bringing peace and tranquility to even the most hectic situations. I have many wonderful memories of times spent chatting on the side of the mountain during the off season gazing out across Carrabassett Valley to the Bigelow Range. My best memory of Deano happened just over 11 years ago. My wife, Kristen, and I were getting married on Sugarloaf Mountain on the afternoon of April 20, 2008. When Dean learned that we were getting married he offered to perform a traditional Native American tobacco ceremony on the summit of Sugarloaf the morning of the wedding to bless our future together. We graciously accepted his offer. Kristen and I were supposed to meet Deano at the summit by taking the chairlifts, but in true Sugarloaf fashion the chair to the summit was on wind hold. A little wind wouldn't stop Deano, however. He met us with his snowmobile and towed us to the summit on our skis. Once at the summit Dean performed the ceremony, just the three of us in the 70 mph wind on the summit of Sugarloaf. It was one of the most special moments Kristen and I have ever experienced. Deano was truly a unique individual who will be missed by many. Anytime I hear a thunderstorm for now on I am going to think of Deano banging away on his drums. Peace.

kirk francis

May 16, 2019

Dean was not only my cousin but a respected member of our community. This is a huge loss for us and I am gonna miss my friend. RIP Brother!!

Kirk

Andrew Dawson

May 16, 2019

I worked with Deano at Sugarloaf back 10-12 years ago. I always thought highly of him, and I was always happy to run into him on the hill, especially during summer work when it was just a few of us up there. I often remember fondly on those times, especially when Dean and his relatives got together and sang traditional Penobscot songs on the porch of the Rack. That was the good stuff. I felt fortunate to be there. He will be missed by many.

Daniel Lycan

May 16, 2019

Deano, news of your passing makes me weep, brother. I always would do for children on the chairlift what I called an "Ancient Indian Snow Dance" imploring the clouds to open up and dump snow at Sugarloaf. You heard it and said, "Those aren't even Indian words!" Then you proceeded to do a real one with your drums at Lary and Sonia's around the fire one night. Thanks for the memory and visit me from time to time as I'm sure you're with the Great Spirit in the Sky.

Ali Nicolar

May 15, 2019


Dearest Dean, I first met you at Wabanaki getting ready for our social. Sharon said there's
someone would like to meet you. It was Dean he respectfully stood up and gave me a bear hug. Said I am your cuzn.He sit down next to me. So as the meeting went on we were talking he was telling me about family members and for me to be strong and some native tips. He just made me feel safe and welcome to Maine. When my brother passed on I asked my cuz if he would drum he said proudly yes and drummed with others which weren't in his group due to some other gathering where people have already gone to travel. He would not accept my love offering. He came and sat with myself and my brother Nick and told me about how he admired Jimmy Jinx even though he was a biker. Jimmy used to take food and clothing an gifts and what ever he had up to there home. Dean said we were poor and when we seen Jinxy we got rich spirts. Dean I love you for all the respect and you always worked the social for Sharon. I thank you for your kindness. Now rest in peace my cuzn. Love you and your family . No more pain. Again I say some other time or place I will get my boat ride. My prayers to your daughter and son Nick. Rest in paradise cuz. Ali, Lisa,Steve,Nick,Cindy, Kathy Nicolar.

Frank Loring

May 15, 2019

Deano! He gave me a bit of a lecture about. The magic smoke! you know, its always contained ha! well, I let it out!

Kevin Kane

May 15, 2019

I met Dean when he started working at NDC. I managed the warehouse and he was one of our electricians. Dean educated me on his culture and moose steak. In our frequent and in depth conversations we both connected especially through music. I listen to a recording of him and his "band mates" that he had gifted to me often. He was always quick witted and just a pleasure to know. He will be missed immensely.

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