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Alton French

Alton "Dan" French

Monday, August 27th, 1934 - Thursday, January 10th, 2019
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UNITY and BANGOR – Alton “Dan” French, 84, of Locust Lane, Unity, died January 10, 2019. He was born August 27, 1934 in Bangor, son of Alton L. and Katharyn (Brown) French.

Dan was educated in the Bangor Elementary Schools, Fairmount and Fifth Street Junior High. He attended Tabor Academy, Marion, MA, graduated from Higgins Classical Institute, Charleston, and majored in Business Administration at Husson College, now Husson University, Bangor. He married Lynn Marks in 1968. Dan was 50 plus year member of Rising Virtue Lodge #10, A.F & A.M of Bangor and affiliated and charter member of Seminary Hill Daylight Lodge #220 A.F. & A.M, also of Bangor. He was a past member of Royal Arch Masons chapter #75, Hampden, Bangor Council #5, Pasestine Commandery #14, Belfast, Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Bangor, Maine Consistory 32 , former director of Anah Shriners, Bangor and RO.J. Court #150 (Director 2000) Bangor. Dan was employed several years as a Sales Representative for Timberland Machines Inc., distributors of forestry equipment and Ski-Doo Snowmobiles from their Bangor office. In 1969, Dan joined Chadwick-Baross as Branch Manager of their heavy construction equipment facility in Bangor. He created the Forestry Equipment Division of Chadwick-Baross and became Manager of that division until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of the Maine Forest Product Council, New England Regional Council on Forest Engineering, American Loggers Council, American Pulpwood Association, Canadian Pulp & Paper Association (Forestry Group). Dan was co-founder of the Industrial Forest Forum and President for two terms. The forum serves logging contractors, large and small, sawmill representatives, pulp and paper company representatives, and owners and equipment dealers in Maine and New Hampshire. Dan was an outstanding baseball player both as a pitcher and infielder. After graduating from school he played third base and shortstop for the Brewer Athetic Club, semi-pro baseball team in the Eastern Maine League. The Brewer A.C.’s won the league championship several times. He later played shortstop for Grant’s Dairy, fast pitch softball team in the Bangor City League. Grant’s Dairy won the local and state championship titles four times in five years. After retiring from baseball and softball, he became an avid golfer. Dan was a member of the Waterville Country Club for 20 years, served on the Board of Directors three terms, and also a member of the Eastern Maine Seniors Golf Association and was president for three years. He enjoyed his final years of golf at J.W. Parks Golf Club in Pittsfield. He was a past member of the Great Farm Rifle Club in Jackson and served on the Board of Directors. Dan enjoyed music from the Big Band Era of the 40’s and 50’s, the sounds, songs and singers, along with jazz, blues and music of New Orleans.

Dan was predeceased by his parents; a brother, David; and his wife, Lynn (Marks) French. Surviving are his daughter, Audrey Bishop and her husband, John of Augusta; two sons, Andrew French of Nashville, TN and Michael French and his wife, Valerie of Unity; two grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private family interment with Masonic services will be conducted by the officers and members of Rising Virtue Lodge #10 at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor, later in the spring. Those who wish to remember Dan in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine, 66 Mussey Road, Scarborough, ME 04074. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
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    Mount Hope Cemetery
    1048 State Street
    Bangor, ME 04401
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    A private family interment with Masonic services will be conducted by the officers and members of Rising Virtue Lodge #10 at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor, later in the spring.


Donations are being accepted for: MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF MAINE.


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Posted at 04:03pm
Im glad I got to say "goodbye" after you had passed. You made that possible from an angel sent to me. A tap on their shoulder... from Lynn I am sure.. letting me know you freed yourself from problems and worries and to be there at the right time. No matter what the past held. I will forever hold your last words as words of love... "Be careful......". We know what we know, Dad. Thank you for the long talks that now give me piece of mind. The truths that set me free from speculation. Thank you for my "Daddy hug" I so desperately needed. Like you always said, "We are one in the same... you are my daughter". Then ... It was then... I know you loved me. No matter what. I have and always will love you. My heart is broken, but I know you are now free, with Lynn and playing a great game of golf with friends passed. Love always,

Posted at 08:23pm
I was a young forester working at Great Northern Paper Company in the mid-1970s, when I first met Dan. He was selling mechanical harvesting equipment for Chadwick-BaRoss at the time and was trying hard to get an account for Clark Grapple Skidders. We shared many a discussion, with dinner and drinks at the original Hotel Terrace Barrel Room. It was interesting times as the company was trying to find an equipment mix that allowed an efficient harvest of spruce-budworm damaged stands.

He was a fine salesman, I was glad to have known him, and condolences to the family on his passing,

Kenneth M. Laustsen

John Macklin

Posted at 12:16pm
We would like to express our sorrow for the passing of Dan last week. He was a good friend and was part of the "Cape Cod Classic" golf group every spring for many years. I will never forget the day he drove the ball OVER the 340 yard first hole at Waterville Country Club! He will be remembered with great fondness.
John and Kay Macklin

Martin Perfit

Posted at 08:46am
Dan and I met and quickly bonded during the creation of Seminary Hill Day Light Lodge. We enjoyed many lunches together and learned we shared many values. Dan created the speaker program at Seminary Hill and I was honored to assist him that endeavor. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
There is little I can say that will lessen the sense of loss his family feels except that he survives in the minds and hearts of all who knew him.


Posted at 12:41pm
To Mr. French's family and friends I send my deepest condolences. During this difficult time pray for support and comfort and I hope that the memories you made with Dan will keep you smiling for years to come. -Philippians 4:6,7

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Dad with the love of his life, Lynn and their dog "Sam"
Dad holding his Great-Grandaughters hand.. a very special moment!