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Frederick A. French

Obituary for Frederick A. French

April 12, 1931 - May 12, 2018
Salem, Massachusetts | Age 87


SALEM – Mr. Fred French, life-long resident of Ward 2 in Salem and veteran of the United States Marine Corps, died peacefully at his home on May 12, 2018. He was the beloved husband to the late Fabia (Burridge) French, with whom he shared 63 years of marriage and a lifetime of memories. Fred was born on Derby Street in Salem to the late Doris (Whelpley) Jackson.

Fred graduated from Salem High School with the class of 1949 where he was a basketball star and co-captained the team. He loved basketball and continued to play and coach on park and city leagues, and referee for both high school and Merrimack College games. There was always a hoop in the yard, and always a game at the ready with the neighborhood kids. He also enjoyed badminton, road races, and participated nationally in Masters' Swim meets.

An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.

He worked at Parker Brothers, retiring as Production Planning Manager after 34 years with the company. For 15 years, he worked at Anderson & French CPAs as a Certified Fraud Examiner. Using his strong sense of justice, he also served for years as Foreman of a Federal Grand Jury in Boston. He completed studies at Harvard Extension School and later earned an MBA from Northeastern University.

Fred loved to read historical fiction, memoirs and mysteries and to study maps. He could fix anything and everything in his house. He accepted others without judgement, celebrated their achievements, and embraced differences.

Nothing meant more to him than his family and his home. He was an extremely proud and devoted father and will live on in his children: William and Kathleen French, Donna and Sean McArdle, Glenn French, Scott and Claire French, and Patricia and Steven Serino. He was the treasured grandfather to Jason, Christin, Heather, Scott, Brian, Spenser, Bryanne, and Dominic, and great-grandfather to Hunter, Brooke, and Trase. Fred was brother-in-law to Anna and Robert Leadbetter and uncle and great uncle to many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Fabia, he was predeceased by his brother Donald French, his mother and step-father Doris and Lawrence Jackson, Fabia's parents Anna and Captain Frederick Burridge, his brother-in-law Hugh Robert Burridge, and his good friend Al Raymond.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held in The O'Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem, Friday, May 18th at 11 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours Thursday, May 17th from 4 to 7 P.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Fred's memory to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, Ma 01923. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Fred's memory to
  • Care Dimensions
    75 Sylvan Street
    Danvers, MA 01923

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O'Donnell Funeral Home
46 Washington Square, Salem, MA 01970
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