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Stephen Paul French

February 4, 1960 October 5, 2019
Stephen Paul French
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Stephen Paul French of Dover passed away peacefully and comfortably with his family Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Kent General Hospital. He was 59.
Stephen was born February 4, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware to Francesca Sanfilippo French and the late Robert C. French, Sr. He graduated from Dover High School in 1978, after successfully taking the Dover High Senators to the State All Conference Football Championship in 1977.
He served in the United States Marine Corps as a Corporal Avionics Technician. A member of the HMX-1 Presidential Helicopter Squadron, serving under both President Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Along with maintaining the aircraft, a key assignment of his under President Reagan was to keep the Jelly Belly jelly beans in stock at all times on the helicopter. He had received a Rifle Marksman Badge while in the service. After his military service with honorable discharge, he worked for Delaware Corrections at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution or Gander Hill, retiring as a Sergeant in Dover after 26 years of faithful service. He was a member of Holy Cross Church in Dover. Mr. French was a lifelong animal lover. He enjoyed sharing his lunch with his wife and beloved dogs before heading off to work. Stephen enjoyed riding his Harley and was a true biker at heart. Stephen was a Philadelphia Phillies and a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Cynthia Biddle French of Dover; his mother Francesca French of Newark; son, Logan French of Dover; brothers, Robert French, Jr and wife Anne French of Forest, VA, Michael French and wife Tara French of Newark; sister, Joan French and husband Phillip Bannowsky of Newark and his Grandpup, Jake.
Funeral services will be held 11AM, Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 1145 E. Lebanon Road (Rt.10), Dover. Friends may call from 7-9 Wednesday evening. Interment will be 1 PM, Thursday at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.

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7:00 PM 10/9/2019 7:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 10/9/2019 9:00:00 PM
Torbert Funeral Chapels - Lebanon Road

1145 E. Lebanon Road
Dover, DE 19901

Torbert Funeral Chapels - Lebanon Road
1145 E. Lebanon Road Dover 19901 DE
United States





11:00 AM 10/10/2019 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 10/10/2019 12:00:00 PM
Torbert Funeral Chapels - Lebanon Road

1145 E. Lebanon Road
Dover, DE 19901

Torbert Funeral Chapels - Lebanon Road
1145 E. Lebanon Road Dover 19901 DE
United States

Cemetery Details


Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery Final Resting Place

2465 Chesapeake City Road
Bear, DE 19701

2465 Chesapeake City Road Bear 19701 DE
United States

Memorial Contribution

Wouned Warrior Project

PO Box 758517
Topeka, KS 66675

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