French: Beverley a resident of Chatham and formerly of Thamesville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October, 18, 2012 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance at the age of 90. Born in Chatham, the first of two boys of the late Frederick and Florence (Montgomery) French. Bev went to business college and later joined the Royal Canadian Navy, serving in WWII  as an able seaman, on the H.M.C.S. Port Arthur. He served from Halifax including North Africa, England, Ireland, Gibraltar, and more and was at D Day. He returned at the end of the war and started at International Harvester where he worked in the customs dept. for 39 years. He is a life member of Branch 367, Thamesville and volunteered there for many years. Bev will always be remembered fondly for his willingness to help others and his caring nature. Beloved husband of Margaret (Rose) French. Loving father of Gary French (Esther) of Thamesville, Janet Martin of Dresden, Judy French of St. Catharines. Sadly missed by many grandchildren,great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by many nieces,nephews, great nieces and great-nephews. Predeceased by a son Tom French, a son-in-law Fred Martin, and a brother Maurice French. The French family will receive friends at the John C. Badder Funeral Home, 72 Victoria St., Thamesville on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9pm. The Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 1:00pm. Interment in Mayhew-Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Thamesville. Donations may be made at the funeral home by cheque to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Ontario Lung Association or War Amps. Online donations and condolences may be left at www. The Royal Canadian Legion Br.# 367 will hold a memorial service on Sunday evening at 6:45pm.


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