The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - OBITUARIES -

Gif­ford Deni­son Fran­cis, 82, of Durham, passed away on Mon­day, March 6, 2017 at West­field Care & Re­hab Cen­ter. Born in Mid­dle­town, he was the son of the late Gif­ford and Grace (Deni­son) Fran­cis. Gif­ford was a vet­eran serv­ing in the United States Army. Gif­ford was an am­a­teur ar­chae­ol­o­gist. He en­joyed go­ing to the fam­ily sum­mer camp in Rich­field Springs, NY for many years. Gif­ford also loved go­ing to the range to shoot, to trac­tor and en­gine shows and walks through the woods with his pals, Henry Blakeslee and Lee See­ton. Gif­ford is sur­vived by his brother, Thomas Hooper Fran­cis of Durham and his cat, Mr. Claws. A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held on Tues­day, April 25 at 11:00 am at United Churches of Durham, 228 Main Street, Durham. Burial will be Tues­day morn­ing be­fore the ser­vice at 10:00 am in Durham Cen­ter Ceme­tery where full mil­i­tary hon­ors will be ac­corded. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions in Gif­ford D. Fran­cis’s mem­ory may be made to Durham His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, P.O. Box 345, Durham, CT 06422. To share mem­o­ries or send con­do­lences to the fam­ily, please visit www.doolit­tle­fu­ner­alser­

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