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Passing of James Wilson French

Lily painting
Written by Patti Foley

Sad to share the news of the passing of a long-time Caledon resident….

James Wilson French

May 8, 1939 – April 19, 2017

Beloved husband of Lily Gray for 55 years. Devoted father of Kevin (Meg Connell), Kent (Mary-Ann), Wendy (Grant Moffatt), Tom (Heather). Dearly loved grandfather of Aidan and Caroline; Alexander and Thomas; Emily and Amanda Moffatt; Colin, Julie, Nicole and Allison. Son of the late Thomas and Olive French. Brother of Ronald French, Barbara (Bob) Moffatt. Brother-in-law of Leona Goodfellow (Pete – deceased), Joe (Elaine) Gray, Laura Gray (Sam – deceased), Jim Algie (Nancy – deceased). Predeceased by Jim Gray, Annie and Don Fieldhouse. Wilson was an active member of the Albion Bolton community throughout his life. He will be remembered for his true interest in family and friends, and for just wanting to have a chat. Those chats could be at the coffee shop with the boys, local fairgrounds or tractor pull or leaning over the back of the always-red farm pick-up. Wilson and Lily, in true partnership, operated a successful family farm for many decades in the area.

The family will receive their friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) Sunday afternoon from 2 o’clock to 5 o’clock.

Funeral service will be held in Holy Family Church, 60 Allan Drive, Bolton, on Monday, April 24 at 2 o’clock.

Interment Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bolton.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to St. Mike’s Hospital Foundation, Heart and Vascular Ward, 30 Bond Street, Toronto M5B 1W8 or Caven Presbyterian Church, 110 King Street West, Bolton L7E 1A2.

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Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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