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John J. French

John J. French, a lifelong resident of Bergenfield, passed away on May 13, 2020 with his devoted wife Diane Welsh French at his side. Son of the late Catherine Doyle and Lester French, John is survived by his loving sisters, Catherine French, Mary Ann French-Howarth, her husband Alan, and cherished niece Allison Howarth.

John was the beloved stepfather of Timothy Welsh and his wife Erin, loving “Pop” to Thomas, Amelia and Keira Welsh and much loved son-in-law of Helen Welsh.

John will be missed by his many friends and Doyle and French cousins.

John was a proud graduate of Don Bosco Prep and earned a business degree from the College of Insurance and later was an adjunct professor of Insurance at John Jay College.  A retired insurance executive, John began his career with AIG and enjoyed success with several firms, most recently Crum & Foster in Morristown. As an active member of the Bergenfield community, John was a past Chairman of the Planning Board and a former President of the Jaycees.  John was an avid golfer and lifelong fan of the Yankees and Jets. John and Diane enjoyed spending time with family and friends at his homes in Clearwater, Florida and Eastham on Cape Cod.  A memorial Mass and celebration of Life will be planned for a later date.  Donations in John’s memory to the Friends of the Bergenfield Library (www.bergenfieldlibrary.org/friends-of-the-bf-library/) or the Patricia Lynch Cancer Center at Holy Name Hospital (www.holyname.org) are requested. 

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My friend I will miss your humor, devotion and friendship.
We had such great life experiences with the Jaycees, Cape Cod, Jersey shore and living in Bergenfield.
Most of all I will treasure the get togethers drinking coffee, beer or a scotch...
Thanks for bringing Diane into our lives and making my life so much more enjoyable.
Martha and I cherished the time together
We all shared so many wonderful dinners.... etc....
Thanks for the memories and being my good friend!
May John rest in peace
With deepest sympathy
Joe Gallo

Joe Gallo May 21 2020 12:00 AM

I first met John when he was active in the Jaycees service organization. He and the organization did great work for the people in Bergenfield. John lived up the block from me and through the years I enjoyed seeing him sitting in his garage..

We wish to express our condolences to his family.

Bob and Eva Gallione

John will be

Bob Gallione May 17 2020 12:00 AM

John we will miss you, your amazing laugh, your personality, and your wonderful stories. Thank you for holding me and carrying me out of midnight mass when I was young. I think I only lasted 5 minutes! Diane - we love you! If you need anything at all - please let us know.
Love - Trisha, Alan, and Rory Bass

Patricia Bass May 15 2020 12:00 AM