A mass of Christian burial for 53 year old Mr. Bernard C. “Beannie” French of Potsdam will be held on Friday, June 7, 2010 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Potsdam, with Rev. Garry Giroux celebrant. Friends may call at the Garner Funeral Home on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Condolences online can be sent at www.garnerfh.com. Mr. Bernard C. French was a resident of Potsdam, NY. Contributions can go to benefit the family at 57 ½ Lower Pine St. Potsdam, NY 13676.
He is survived by his fiancée Vicky Brown; a son, BJ French; daughters April French, Celeste French and fiancée Josh Richards, Shauna LaFave and fiancée Keven French Jr, and Crystal (Shannon) MacDonald; brothers Johnny (Jen) French, Keven French Sr., Francis (Bev) French and Weldon “Wendy” French and fiancée Linda McGregor; sisters Victoria French and Sophia (Herb) Brown; grandchildren Devan, Nathaniel and Trinitee French, Hailey and Jaycob Richards and Olivia and Aubrey MacDonald; several nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, EJ Strader.
Bernard was born on April 4, 1957 in Potsdam, to Kenneth French and Helena Gonyea. He attended Potsdam schools. He was the head chef at the Town House Restaurant in Potsdam for many years until becoming disabled. He had a marriage to Brenda Hoyt French that ended in separation. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.