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David Francis

David L. "Uncle Dave" Francis

Monday, May 8th, 1961 - Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
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AKWESASNE – David L. Francis, affectionately known throughout the community as “Uncle Dave”, 57, of 44 Angus Thomas Memorial Drive, St. Regis, passed away Wednesday morning, April 24, 2019 at IAK HIH SOH THA Lodge after a courageous battle with cancer.

Dave was born May 8, 1961 in Syracuse, the son of Mary Herne Francis and the late Michael H. Francis, Sr. He attended schools in St. Regis, before going to Bishop MacDonnell and General Vanier. He was married to Deborah Thompson before their marriage ended in divorce.

Dave was an ironworker working for various Locals throughout United States and Canada. Most recently he had worked with Local 401, 5, and 676. He had a great love for fishing and netting, planting flowers and vegetables, woodcarving, and wood working. More recently he had developed a talent for canvas painting and enjoyed visiting and bartering with his Amish friends. He loved spending time with his family at his mom’s home, having coffee or cruising around Saint visiting his friends. Dave was passionate about ensuring that the kids in the neighborhood had a safe place to swim and play, as he was instrumental in getting “The Point” behind the St. Regis Church Rectory landscaped and cleaned for all the community to enjoy.

Dave is survived by his mother, Mary; his children, Jordan Francis (Shevi Thomas), Jeremy Francis, Joshua Francis (Leah Square), Jonathan Francis (Valin), and Autumn Cree, all of Akwesasne; and his grandchildren, Kiyah, Shaina, Jordan, Lanah, Jeremy, Anna, Alec, Rita, Treyia, Jayva, Taytum, Johnny, Bailee, and Ella.

He is also survived by his brothers, Michael Jr. (Ann), Thomas (Marilyn), Joe (Lorna), John (Carolyn), Tracy (Corleen Jacco); his sisters, Robin Barnes (James), Lee Ann Jock (Steven), Cindy Francis-Mitchell (Keith), and Cathy Roundpoint (Frank), all of Akwesasne; his brother-in-law, Phillip Terrance of Akwesane; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; a special friend, Katrina Lazore; and his god children, Mia Francis and Taylor Bova.

In addition to his father, he was predeceased by two sisters, Donna Francis-Hopps and Valerie Terrance; his brother-in-law, Jake Hopps; a niece, Krystal Francis and a nephew, Michael Francis.

Friends may call at the Donaldson Funeral Home on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday 2:00 PM at St. Regis Catholic Church. Burial will be held later in the spring in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Akwesasne.

In lieu of flowers, his family is requesting that a kid’s fishing pole be purchased and donated to the Fishing for Kids Program being hosted by the Akwesasne Police Service in Uncle Dave’s memory.

His family wishes to extend a warm and sincere appreciation to the caring and supportive staff of the MCA Home Support Program and the staff of IAK HIH SOH THA Lodge for their care of Dave during this challenging time.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, April 29th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Monday, April 29th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Donaldson Funeral Home
    100 North Main Street
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday, April 29th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Monday, April 29th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Donaldson Funeral Home
    100 North Main Street
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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  • Service

    Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 2:00pm
    St. Regis Catholic Church
    107 Angus Thomas Memorial Road
    Akwesasne, QC H0M 1A0
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    Rev. Jerome Pastores
  • Interment

    St. Lawrence Cemetery
    Hilltop Drive
    St. Regis, QC H0M 1A0
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Franciska (JW)

Posted at 01:26pm
Im so sorry to read about Mr.david's loss.It is not easy to loss some one we dearly love.God's word gives us an awesome promise about "Resurrection."That there is going to be a resurection of righteouse and unrighteous".-Acts 24 :15
And Our creator has power and desire to do so. Because he is love (1 John 4:8)
So we can trust our heavenly father.I hope these words bring you some peace and comfort in this difficult time.

Micah Caraballo

Posted at 06:58am
I’m so sorry for the loss of this man. My condolences go out to the Francis family. There’s a Scripture d love to share that always comforted me when I lost someone close to me in death. It’s in Revelation 21:4 which causes says: “And he [God] will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither wklll mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” This is a promise from God they he will end death forever in the future and we will see our loved ones again!

Danielle smoke

Posted at 12:55pm
U used be my neighbor for many years you were always so nice to me and kids help me with stuff I needed this one time we all had rats under trailor I asked u if u could get them out for me u knock on window and say I’m gonna need more money because there is bout 15 rats under there all dead n also a dog lol dam I’m gonna miss my old neighbor love always birdie n kids

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