Services held for Francis J. Scanlon, 78

Fran Scanlon

Fran Scanlon

Francis J. Scanlon, 78, of Kirkville, and formerly of Old Forge, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

He was born on February 9, 1934, to Thomas and Margaret (McGuire) Scanlon. Fran grew up in Herkimer, NY, and graduated from Herkimer High School.

Fran was a member of the Old Forge Fire Department for 25 years as an EMT and ambulance driver.

He owned The Riverside Restaurant and Fran’s Lawn Care in Old Forge before moving to Kirkville.

He and Mary Margaret Wagner were married in 2002, surrounded by their families.

Fran is survived by his wife, Mary Margaret; their children, Paula (David) Hayes, MaryAnn (Rodney) Levesque, Tom (Susan Marvin) Scanlon, Missy (Larry) Levesque, Lori (Marshall) Patton, Rich (Beth) Wagner, Shari Clubine and Matt (Kim) Wagner; 24 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by his sister, Marie Scalise, and her family.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Jeannette Barrett; and his brother- in-law, Orrie Scalise.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 14  at St. Mary’s Church, Minoa.

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The family would like to thank the wonderful people at PACE CNY who supported them in keeping Fran at home with his family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Fran’s memory to a local food pantry; Old Forge Fire Department, P.O. Box 1170, Old Forge, NY 13420 or the St. Francis Day Program.

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