Robert L. French

February 20, 1933July 5, 2018

Robert L. French 1933 – 2018

BANGOR - ROBERT LAMAR FRENCH, “BOATS”, age 85, passed away on July 5, 2018, at the Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor, Maine as a result of a stroke.

Robert was born in Hackensack, New Jersey on February 20, 1933. Robert was the fourth child of Jacob T. and Elizabeth French. He was predeceased by three brothers, Jay T., Donald, and Bruce, and one sister, Shirley Zeegers. He also left behind two nieces, Colleen (French) Moreshead, of Windham, Patricia (French) Eaton, of Trenton, and a nephew, Garry “Rick” Zeegers of Naples, Maine.

Robert joined the United States Navy after graduating from high school. Robert made his career in the Navy. His military experience left him a Senior Chef, and Boatswains Mate. He is recipient of a Bronze star with combat “v”, Vietnam Campaign medal and Service medal. He also received two Purple Hearts during his term in Vietnam. He was awarded Navy Commendations, Combat Action Ribbon, and National Defense Good Conduct Medal. After retiring from active service, he served at Brunswick Naval Air Station for twenty years before retiring in 1993.

His successful military career can be attributed to his strong work ethic, and impeccable personal character. Bob was, as well, a generous man. Often helping those in need by making regular donations to the Children’s Clef Palate Foundation and funding Christmases for area families in need.

He will always be remembered for his fun-loving personality and his many years on Lead Mountain Pond. He will be sadly missed by family, friends and all who had the good fortune of knowing him.

Friends and family are invited to share their memories and offer their condolences by visiting Robert’s online guestbook at

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 5pm to 7pm at Lindquist Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 11am at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yarmouth.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s memory to the American Heart Association, 51 US Route 1, Suite M, Scarborough, ME 04074. A service of Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, Maine, 04096. 207-846-4011.


  • Colleen Moreshead, Niece
  • Patricia Eaton, Niece
  • Gary "Rick" Zeegers, Nephew
  • Jay T French, Brother
  • Donald French, Brother
  • Bruce French, Brother
  • Shirley Zeegers, Sister

  • American Heart Association


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Graveside Service Thursday, July 12, 2018

Robert L. French

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Wayne and Donna Hudson

July 10, 2018

Wayne and I send our condolences, thoughts, and prayers to Boats' family. We have many fond members of visitng with him on Lower Lead Mountain Pond. Lots of great meals and fun games of Old Hell! He was a special friend to my Mom and Dad (Jack and Mina Hare) and we are all richer for having known him. He was a good man and I enjoyed hearing his stories of his Naval days. He will be sorely missed!

The Hudson Family
(Wayne, Donna, Sean, Lauren, and Megan)