JOHN SCATES FRENCH
John Scates French, 87, died February 8, 2008, after a brief hospitalization. He was born on Armistice Day, November 11, 1920, in Fort Fairfield, Maine, and grew up in Pleasantville, New York.
Upon graduating from the University of Maine in 1942, he enlisted in the army and served in Europe until V-E Day and was on a troop transport in the Pacific on V-J Day.
John and Sara (Sally) Dermody, a Navy veteran, were married in 1947. John studied at Columbia University and earned a master's degree in library science from Johns Hopkins University. He worked as a research librarian for the Timken Roller Bearing Co. in Canton, Ohio, and at Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Florida. John earned a masters in English literature from Stetson University. He played the classical piano and was a competitive runner. When, at 62, he could no longer run marathons, he became a power lifter, winning numerous competitions and awards.
John cared for his beloved wife Sally during a prolonged illness until her death in 2004.
He is preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy; and brother-in-law Donald Langley.
He is survived by one brother, James; two daughters, Catherine Garea (Ray Garea) and Anne Watson (Alan Andrews); three grandchildren, Susan and Michael Garea and Annelle Willard (Jaime Willard); and one great-grandson, Thomas Willard; as well as his many friends at Homestead Village.
The daughters would like to express their appreciation for the exemplary care and compassion of Dr. Pamela Juba, the staff of West Florida hospital and the Covenant Hospice team. In lieu of flowers, donations to Covenant Hospice would be appreciated: 2001 N. Palafox St, Pensacola, FL 32501.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Bayview Fisher-Pou Funeral Home, 3351 Scenic Highway.
The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Monday at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church on 9945 Hillview Dr.
Burial will follow at Bayview Memorial Park on Scenic Highway.
BAYVIEW FISHER-POU CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.
Published in the Pensacola News Journal on 2/10/2008.
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The song is ended, but the melody lingers on|
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Remember friend as you pass by. As you are now so once was I. As I am now you will surely be! Prepare your self to follow me.|
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