Charles Francisco, Middletown CT, formerly of Clinton and Madison CT, died on May 14, 2018, at age 94. He was born in July 2, 1923 in Liberty, NY, son of Jessie Bishop Francisco and Charles Martin Francisco. He attended Liberty public schools and Rider College in Trenton NJ. During WWII, he served in the Army 10th Mountain Division and saw fierce action in the Italian Alps.
In 1948, he married Catherine Conklin. They resided in Liberty and Delmar NY, where he was president of the Fuelane Corp, a gas and appliance business started by his father. He was an elder in the Liberty Presbyterian church, a member of the Board of Directors of Sullivan County National Bank and of Loomis Hospital. He was a member of the J.C. Young Hose Company of Liberty from the age of 18 and a volunteer fire fighter for many years.
Charles and his family moved to CT in 1969, where he was associated with the Clinton National Bank. He served on the Board of Directors of the Clinton Nursery. He was an active member of the North Madison Congregational Church. Charles had a deep faith, a generous and forgiving heart, keen wit, and a gift for making friends and putting people at ease. He and Catherine spent many years in Fort Meyers FL where he earned at least three hole-in-one refrigerator magnets from the local golf club!!
He is predeceased by his wife of 69 years, Catherine; and is survived by his children, Sally Francisco Baumer of Middletown CT and Charles Martin Francisco of Ledyard; daughter- in-law, Rosemary Bleyer; grandchildren Catherine Schwalb (husband David) of Youngsville NY, Joshua Baumer (wife Nicole) of Newton MA, Wayne Jones of Pittsfield MA, and Athena DeGregoria of San Antonio TX; and great-grandchildren Bryan Baumer and Emmett and Alice Schwalb.
Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family, with burial at the Francisco family plot in Liberty NY. Contributions in Charles’ name may be made to the North Madison Congregational Church, or a local fire department. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.