Obituary of Douglas Roy French
Douglas R. French, (78), of Mt. Vernon/Bronxville, New York passed away peacefully on June 17, 2023.
Douglas, known to most as Frenchy, was born to Mary and Allan French, on April 6, 1945, in Toronto, Ontario.
Doug is survived by his wife Sarah and three daughters, Happy , Sunny and Camille. He is also survived by his six grand children, Noah W. Figliola (Sunny), Luna E. Zingaro (Happy & Ralph), Luke D. Figliola (Sunny), Luca M. Zingaro (Happy & Ralph), Carli A. Wright (Camille), Kasey R. Wright (Camille) and younger brother, Hal French. Doug is predeceased by his parents, Mary & Allan and older brother Allan.
Douglas R. French
Forever Cheers Frenchy!
Born in Toronto, Canada on April 6, 1945 and raised in Espanola, Canada to being handpicked by Coach Amo to play hockey for Michigan State University and winning the 1966 National Championships, to meeting the absolutely most beautiful & kindest soul, Sarah Jane, to landing on Wallace Avenue in The Bronx as a newlywed, to getting two masters degrees in education at Hunter college, to teaching & coaching at The Dalton School and The Friend’s Seminary private schools in NYC, to bartending at Charlie’s Inn for extra money to buy our family home at 190 E. Devonia Avenue, Mount Vernon, to opening up the one & only Frenchy’s Bar in the Bronx and then years later one in Pelham, to his final most important job of being a grandpa.
He took pride in being a Canuck, always spoke fondly of the simple times growing up and had a special admiration for his dad, Hap, mother and brothers. He viewed being recruited to play hockey and attend Michigan State University as a true honor; he was immensely appreciative for the unforgettable opportunity and the relationships he formed as a Spartan. You would have thought being from a tiny town in Canada that he would have been a fish out of water when landing in “The Bronx” but strangely or not so much, he fit right in...maybe almost too much.
Our dad was one of the hardest working people we know and oh did he play hard! He lived unapologetically, would give you the shirt off his back and definitely had the gift of gab. He loved people, he loved life and he loved his family and pets most of all. Roughly ten years ago he was diagnosed with dementia and it’s been a long road watching him deteriorate, losing his fondest memories and recognition of the people he loved the most. Live in the moment, have fun, be kind and be you.
Cheers in Heaven to our Frenchy…give ‘em hell
His Friends and Family may visit at The Westchester Funeral Home Inc. 190 Main Street Eastchester, New York 10709 on Tuesday June 20, 2023 from 4-8PM. A Funeral service will take place at the Funeral Home Wednesday June 21, 2023 from 11:00 - 11:30AM.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Alzheimer's Association 60 E 42nd St #2240, New York, NY 10165