Francis B. Standish, of Goshen, passed away on January 6, 2018 at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center in Middletown, NY. Son of the late William B. and Olive C. (Carlisle) Standish, he was born on December 24th, 1920 in Newport, NH. He was 97 years old.
Francis graduated from Hartford High School in Hartford, VT. On January 24th 1942, he married Teresa G. Jackson in Hartland, VT where they managed the family farm. At the same time, Francis worked as a Guard at the Vermont State Prison in Windsor, VT. In 1955, their family moved to Campbell Hall, NY. He worked for the John Wood Company, traveling many U.S. states and Canada, selling farm machinery. After retiring from John Wood, Francis worked at NYU Medical Center at Sterling Forest in Tuxedo, NY. Francis was a former member of the Hamptonburgh Presbyterian Church in Campbell Hall where he served as a Trustee. He was also a Master Mason of Vermont Lodge #18 in Windsor, VT.
Francis was predeceased by his wife, Teresa, on July 11th, 2017, along with his daughter, Gloria Barron, in 2014. Survivors include three daughters: Frances (Francis) Hudson of Pasadena, CA, Carolyn (Ray) House of Conway, South Carolina and Bevalie (David) MacFarland of Newburgh; one son: William (Linda) Standish of Washingtonville; son-in-law, Bruce Barron of Campbell Hall; six granddaughters, five grandsons and seventeen great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two cousins.
Francis had a great love of music. Francis is fondly remembered by his family as a self-taught musician who regularly entertained his family with his skills at the organ. We are especially proud of his contribution to the beautiful song Moonlight in Vermont. Francis also entertained his family with his efforts to "rig" a solution to any problem. One valuable lesson: if you have a bat in your bedroom, you can use a stick and some pantyhose to get it out. Francis had a gift for connecting with people and animals. He was patient and kind to every person that he met and every animal that he cared for. He was adored by everyone and his wisdom, stories and wit will be missed. We are grateful for the close-knit family that he and Teresa created. Memories from the many family gatherings at their home is what we all cherish the most. He will be happily reunited with his wife of 75 years in dancing, gardening and laughing. We were blessed to know Francis - the most selfless, wise, generous and beloved person that we know.
Services are private and at the convenience of the family. Interment will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery, 5468 Route 9W, Newburgh.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675. www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org
The family extends their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Laura and Staff for their loving and compassionate care of Francis.
Arrangements under the care of the Donovan Funeral Home, Inc., Goshen. To leave a condolence visit www.donovanfunerals.com