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Mr.  John Joseph "Bronco Johnny" Francis III
  • In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in John's memory to the Rockingham VNA & Hospice, 137 Epping Rd., Exeter, N.H. 03833.

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“Joyce, I just learned of John's passing and my heart goes out to you. John was a wonderful guy and he just loved life. My sympathy to you and...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Donna Boudrow - Hampton, NH

“We are sadden to hear of the loss of such a wonderful and caring neighbor /friend . His kindness ,friendship and concern for us will always be...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: PATRICK AND CAROL MANTHORN - NH

“Joyce: "Storms Never Last" He was a great entertainer and we are so happy to have been his friend. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Marty Kriegsman - Haverhill, MA

“Thank you for the music we have enjoyed at the Saint James lodge. Kenneth W. Zahrndt Past master. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Kenneth Zahrndt - Hampton, NH

“WE WILL MISS JOHNNY, BUT HIS SPIRIT WILL LIVE ON THROUGH US ALL HIS MUSIC WILL BE FOREVER JOYCE, YOU ARE SUCH A DEVOTED AND LOVING WIFE TREASURE...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: DONNIE & CHARRIE DETUCCI - LYNN, MA

“WE WILL MISS JOHNNY , BUT HIS SPIRIT WILL LIVE ON THROUGH US ALL HIS MUSIC WILL BE FOREVER JOYCE, YOU ARE SUCH A DEVOTED LOVING WIFE TRESURE WHAT...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: DONNIE & CHARRIE DETUCCI - LYNN, MA

“He'll be missed! He was a great friend to me and mine... hn ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: henry nigro - boston, MA - friend

“Joyce, He left this world Loving You. And Knowing how many people loved him. Always your friend, whenever you need us. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Patricia LaPointe - Danvers, MA

“He was a great guy and helped a lot of people......And I'll miss him. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Jeremiah Duggan - Danvers, MA, MA


HAMPTON, N.H. — Mr. John Joseph Francis, III "Johnny Bronco", 79, of Hampton, N.H. beloved husband of Joyce M. (Ashburn) Francis died Nov. 19, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family.

Born in Gloucester, he was the son of the late John Joseph, Jr. and Catherine Mar- garet (Ruth) Francis. He was raised and educated in Gloucester and was a graduate of Gloucester High School.

An honorably discharged veteran, John served his coun- try as a member of the U.S. Navy during the Korean War achieving the rank of 1st Class Petty Officer in less than three years.

Mr. Francis had been employed as a tool maker in the machine industry for many years on the North Shore. He was a gifted craftsman and talented carpenter.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fly fishing and most of all country music. His fishing prowess was well known and he was youngest Ameri- can to fish on Sable Island in Canada at the age of 14. He was loved tremendously and will be missed deeply.

In addition to his beloved wife, John is survived by his daughter, Cindy Royea and her husband, Michael of Meredith N.H.; Joyce's children, Kimberley Leuven and her husband, Andre of Hampton, N.H., Scott Ouellette, of Salem and Michael Ouellette and his wife, Melissa of Salem; his grandchildren, Jackie Griffin and her husband, Clint "Grif", Mark Royea, Kendall and Luke Leuven, Alexandra, Coleman and Quinn Ouellette; his great-grandchildren, Dylan and Logan; his siblings, Donald Francis and his wife, Patricia of Magnolia, Richard Francis and his wife, Linda, Roger Francis and his wife, Tammy and Muriel Moore all of Florida and several nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours in the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Rte 62), Danvers, Friday from 4 to 7 P.M. All other services are private. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in John's memory to the Rockingham VNA & Hospice, 137 Epping Rd., Exeter, N.H. 03833.