Francis B. Standish of Goshen, N.Y., dies at age 97

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Francis B. Standish of Goshen, N.Y., passed away on Jan. 6, 2018, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center in Middletown, N.Y. He was 97.

Son of the late William B. and Olive C. (Carlisle) Standish, he was born on Dec. 24, 1920, in Newport, N.H.

He graduated from Hartford High School in Hartford, Vt. On Jan. 24 1942, he married Teresa G. Jackson in Hartland, Vt., where they managed the family farm. At the same time, he worked as a guard at the Vermont State Prison in Windsor, Vt.

In 1955, their family moved to Campbell Hall, N.Y. He worked for the John Wood Company, traveling many U.S. states and Canada, selling farm machinery. After retiring from John Wood, he worked at NYU Medical Center at Sterling Forest in Tuxedo, N.Y. He 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.

He was predeceased by his wife, Teresa, on July 11, 2017, along with his daughter, Gloria Barron, in 2014.

Survivors include his daughters, Frances (Francis) Hudson of Pasadena, Calif., Carolyn (Ray) House of Conway, S.C., and Bevalie (David) MacFarland of Newburgh, N.Y.; son, William (Linda) Standish of Washingtonville, N.Y.; son-in-law, Bruce Barron of Campbell Hall; six granddaughters; five grandsons; and 17 great-grandchildren; and two cousins.

A family statement said, "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 may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675 (

The family extends their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Laura and Staff for their loving and compassionate care of Francis.

Arrangements are under the care of the Donovan Funeral Home, Goshen.

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