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100 North Main Street
Massena, NY 13662
Phone: (315) 769-3579
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Philip Francis

Philip Francis

Thursday, August 10th, 1933 - Friday, August 2nd, 2019
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AKWESASNE – Philip Francis, 85, of 746 River Road, Snye, passed away late Thursday evening, August 1, 2019 at Tsiionkwanonhso:te, Cornwall Island Long Term Care Facility after a lengthy illness.

Phil was born August 10, 1933 on St. Regis Island, the son of the late Lawrence and Christie (Jacobs) Francis. He attended schools on St. Regis Island. On April 28, 1956, he married Beatrice McDonald at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Jacobs, SJ, officiating. She predeceased him on February 21, 2004.

In 1952, Phil started his career as an ironworker. He worked for many years with Local #440 until his retirement. He was a devout Catholic and communicant of St. Regis Catholic Church. He was a member of the Kateri Circle and the Rev. Michael Jacobs Council of the Knights of Columbus. Phil was a hard worker throughout his life and enjoyed traveling, playing bingo, listening to country music, and spending time with all his grandchildrn. He also enjoyed watching his granddaughter play lacrosse. Phil shared special family stories with all his grandchildren that they will cherish forever.

He is survived by his three children, Ray Francis, Deborah Francis and Eric Armstrong, and Josh and Kathleen Francis, all of Akwesasne; 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; his sisters, Marjorie King and Beatrice A. Lazore, both of St. Regis; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Jacob, Louie, Abraham, Joseph, and Mose Francis and his sisters, Charlotte Oakes, Louise Gould, and Helen Cole.

Friends may call at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena on Monday 7-9:00 PM and Tuesday 2-4:00 and 7-9:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday 2:00 PM at St. Regis Catholic Church. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Tsiionkwanonhso:te Resident Activities Fund.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, August 5th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Monday, August 5th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Donaldson Funeral Home
    100 North Main Street
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Donaldson Funeral Home
    100 North Main Street
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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  • Third Visitation

    Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Donaldson Funeral Home
    100 North Main Street
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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  • Service

    Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 2:00pm
    St. Regis Catholic Church
    107 Angus Thomas Memorial Road
    Akwesasne, QC H0M 1A0
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    Rev. Andrew Amyot


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To the Family of Phil. I'm not sure if I did my last one right or if it went through. I want to tell you how sorry I am that I can't be there but I'm still housebound. But I want to sent my sincerest condolences to all of you. May God give you all the Strength and Blessingd you need at this time. God Bless. With all my Love Always. Donna Richards-McCine

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