Jim French

Born in London on 22 September 1947
Passed away in St. Giles Hospice, Lichfield, Staffs. on 21 May 2018
Late of Mavesyn Ridware
Aged 70 years
William James French "Jim" Beloved Husband of Jenny. Jim passed away peacefully at St. Giles Hospice on Monday 21st May 2018 aged 70 years. His funeral service will take place 2.00pm on Monday June 11th 2018 at St. John the Baptist Church followed by a burial in the Churchyard. Family flowers only are requested. Any donations kindly received will be given to St. Giles Hospice, RAFA, Alrewas Arboretum and Cannock & Gentleshaw Music Society these may be sent c/o Co-operative Funeralcare,... Read more
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What a wonderful service. The church was full of friends and family. Music resounded and wonderful tributes paid.
Jim has been laid to rest with a celebration fitting for a best friend and soul mate.
Kathy sent a carefully chosen card which sums Jim up.
It says

Some people just can’t help making a difference in our lives.
By simply being who they are, they make the world a little bright,
A little warmer, a little gentler, and when they are gone
We realise just how lucky we are to have known him.

Jim was such a man - rest in peace my darling x

Thank you all for supporting me over the last few days and weeks I cannot express my gratitude enough suffice to say
We will share our memories over future weeks and years and remember Jim in our hearts forever x
Jenny French lit a candle for Jim French
I've been lucky enough to know Jenny and Jim most of my life, Jim was my dad's best friend at Hartland Point and from what Jim said at Dad's funeral, there were a few shenanigans had there!. When Dad left the RAF, we moved to Nottingham and Jenny & Jim were posted to Germany so we didn't see them for a while but thankfully when they came back it was to RAF Newton so were only a few miles away. I used to babysit for Nick & Nat and Jim tried his damnedest to teach me to drive - Not an easy task as I was terrified of being on the road then and I could not get the hang of gear changes. Jim was always incredibly calm and patient even when I crunched the gears and stalled the car. It was driving me home from babysitting one day that Jim had the biggest impact on my life. We stopped at the Anchor Inn at East Bridgeford for a section leaving do and Pat Steel was standing at the bar. It took Pat a few weeks to cajole my phone number out of Jim but thankfully he persevered and 18 months later, Jim was best man at our wedding. His speech about being happy that we had found each other, especially as he had tasted Pat's cooking and my cooking and knew Pat was getting the better end of the deal, still makes me smile 32 years later. Life took us in different directions and Pat & I ended up moving to Singapore and then Australia, but catching up with Jenny and Jim was always a much loved highlight of our trips home.

It was just 3 years ago when my own dad suddenly passed away, Jim and Jenny were a tower of strength and an incredible comfort. Jim's memories and stories of Dad made us smile and eased our pain on the saddest of days.

So Dear Jenny, Nick, Nat & family - although today will be the saddest of days for you, I hope that the wonderful memories and stories you will hear from family and friends today will ease your pain and bring you comfort.
With much love and deepest sympathy - Shauny, Pat & Family XX
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In Loving Memory of Jim French - A Life Well Lived - a kind, loving, funny, thoughtful gentleman and always smiling! So sorry to hear of his passing and he will be sadly missed by many but never forgotten. May he rest in peace. So glad we all managed to have a family reunion, in the summer of 2015, full of love and joy with lots of catching up and family tree discussions. So many memories and so many achievements! He was one of the best. Much love and deepest sympathy to you all, Jen, Pete and family xxx (Bernardi/Clarke/Donnelly)
Jennifer Bernardi lit a candle for Jim French
I had the pleasure of working for Jim and Jenny for 3 years as part of the French Squared Team not only did i work for them but I felt like one of their family. Jim brought so much support, love and care for children and families in the Midlands. Jim was a dedicated, loving and caring man he always had a smile on his face and adored his family. Jim was such a proud, devoted and loving man and he will be missed dearly. Heaven has certainly gained an amazing Angel.
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From Bideford to Atlanta; from Germany to Texas; from Young Corporal to Old Timer;We count ourselves lucky to have had a friend like Jim!

How can I tell of so many wonderful memories in such a small space? Our families have been so closely linked together for over 40 years that we mourn the loss of a loved one but rejoice in his having been a mate for so long!

Jim, we’ll miss you until we can drink a Gin and Tonic with you again.

Alan, Sandy, Mary, Robby and all the Family
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