Frank V. Francis, 45, Bristol


Mr. Frank V. Francis, age 45, of 18 Glenview Drive, Bristol, died peacefully Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.  He was the husband of Wendy J. (Greer) Francis, his wife of 15 years. 

Born in Providence and a lifelong resident of Bristol, he was the son of Frank and Theresa (Morra) Francis III of Bristol.  A graduate of Bristol High School, Class of 1986, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Roger Williams University in 1996 and then received his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island in 2005.  An electrical engineer, he was the engineering manager for the Raytheon Corporation in Portsmouth for 15 years. 

He served in the RI Army National Guard, 103rd Field Artillery Co. of Bristol, from 1986 to 1992.  He was active in the Bristol Theater Company, serving on their board of directors for five years and working with lighting and sound production.  He was a member of the Hopeworth Community Association and was their treasurer for 10 years. 

At Raytheon Corp. he volunteered for their “Math Moves You Program” and was a mentor for high school students and a member of their Asian Pacific Club.  He was active in the Rhode Island Interscholastic Lego Robotics program for middle school students, where he was a technical judge for their annual competition at Roger Williams University. 

He loved playing the guitar and loved time spent with his loving family.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by a daughter, Meghan L. Francis, and a son, Riley J. Francis, both at home; two brothers, Joseph D. Francis (Maria) of Cranston and Christopher Francis (Deborah) of Barrington;, two nephews, Christopher and Keith Francis; and a niece, Caroline Ruggiero (Matthew).  Also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jonnie and Sandra (Almeida) Greer, and a grandmother-in-law, Veleta Almeida, all of Bristol. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, March 16, from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Sansone Funeral Home, 192 Wood St., Bristol.  Funeral services and burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Scholarship Fund, 141 State Street, Bristol, RI  02809.  For online condolences, shared memories, information and directions go to


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Frank and Wendy had the kind of marriage we all wanted to have. Two genuinely kind and wonderful people, they were great friends and terrific neighbors to everyone in our little community of Hopeworth. We are all terribly saddened by Frank's passing, and hopeful that our love and support will ease the heartbreak suffered by Wendy and their children, Frank and Wendy's families, and by everyone else who knew and loved Frank. Rest in peace, beautiful man. x

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