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Francis  L. Whitmarsh, Jr.

Francis L. Whitmarsh, Jr.
  • December 17, 1924 - April 26, 2020
  • Torrington, Connecticut

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“I first met Frank in 1992 at the American Church in Paris. We talked and learned we had many similarities. Though I was many years younger that Frank...Read More »
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“Andrea and Michael...I was so sadden to hear of Frank's passing. He was such an amazing man! I truly enjoyed getting to know him and your family very...Read More »
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“Frank was a remarkable and wonderful man. I'm privileged to have met him.He will always be a happy memory to me and all who knew him. ”
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“I met Frank during his time at another assisted living facility, he always very kind and we would practice Spanish together. My condolences to his...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Judy Townsend - Torrington, CT

“I always enjoyed visiting Frank when I was at Keystone to see my mom. One day, hewas learning Polish from Deb, other days, we'd practice my lousy...Read More »
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Francis L. Whitmarsh Jr. (Frank), 95, died peacefully at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington CT on April 26th 2020. He was a resident at Keystone Place in Torrington, CT. where he received exceptional care.
Frank was born on December 17th 1924 in New York City to the late Francis and Mildred (Ingersol) Whitmarsh. He had an elder sister, Anne Whitmarsh Close. Frank attended ST Paul's School, Concord NH, and Harvard University (thanks to the G.I. bill of rights) from which he graduated in 1948.
A decorated Veteran of WWII, Frank met his first wife Madeleine Lambert soon after landing in Normandy. He fought with distinction in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded a Bronze star for his actions.
After working at Leggett and Co. New York, his family's wholesale grocery business, he moved to Paris France with his family in 1960 to take a senior position with Nabisco. Later he made a change in career and joined a stock brokerage firm. After living in Paris for 60 years, he returned to Connecticut in 2014 to be closer to his daughters.
Fluent in French and German he had a great passion for accumulating knowledge, but most of all history, literature and classical music. Throughout his life, Frank had an unquenchable thirst to always learn more. We called him a living encyclopedia. In his very later years, he taught himself Spanish, wrote snippets of his life and discovered a passion for writing poetry.
Because of his own involvement, he was active for many years in Groups (of an anonymous nature) that help others with problems of drug and alcohol addiction.
He is survived by his daughters Andrea Wagner (Whitmarsh), Pauline Whitmarsh, Marie Whitmarsh and his son Francis Whitmarsh III (Terry) from his first marriage; by his second wife Nesta Whitmarsh and their daughters Sarah Fall Whitmarsh and Mary Whitmarsh Maaouni; sixteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his first wife Madeleine, and his sister Anne.
Frank was a wonderful friend and loved by many. He will be remembered as being loving, funny, romantic, unpredictable and unique.
The Cremation Society of Connecticut (CremationCT.com) is in charge of arrangements.
A Family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.