Nelson E. French, 71, of Hamden, was called home on July 9, 2008. He was born in New Haven on January 1, 1937 a son of Bridget Blair Wirkus of Wallingford and the late Nelson W. French. Nelson is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane Turner French: Sons, Paul B. (Jeannette Darius) of Wallingford, Daniel W. (Lynn Petrosemolo) of Hamden, and Stephen J. (Cheryl Haynam) of Milford and four treasured grandchildren, Erin, Connor, Turner, and Hayden French. Also his sister, Patricia F. Hansen (Ronald) of Cheshire and a brother Bernard W. Wirkus (Donna) of Cheshire and several nieces and nephews. Nelson is a Veteran of the U.S. Navy having served from 1955 to 1962. He retired as Senior Vice President of First Constitution Bank after 34 years of service. Was an Assistant Vice President at American National Bank (Hudson United Bank) from 1993 until his retirement in 1999. A long time parishioner of St. Rita Church in Hamden where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, Altar server, Parish Council President, Financial Committee member, and a member of the Safe Landings Ministry. He is a Past President of the Hamden Lion's Club and a longtime member of the American Lung Association. For many years Nelson was active in the Hamden Fathers' Baseball Association, the Hamden Fathers' Umpire's Association, and The Greater New Haven Umpire's Association. Nelson lived a life of integrity with love for his family and his Lord. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, July 12th at 10 a.m. at St. Rita Church, Hamden. Friends may visit with the family on Friday evening from 4-8 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Nelson's name may be sent to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 OR the Charity of one's choice.

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  1. Dear Jane & Family Our deepest sympathy to you and your family with the loss of Nelson. We had many good years together at the bank. Fondly Charles & Gloria Bogen

  2. Dear Steve & Family, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of you fater. May God bring comfort to you & your family at this most diffcult time. With My Deepest Sympathy…

  3. I was saddened to see Nelson’s death notice in the paper today. I worked with him many years ago at the bank and remember him as a kind and caring person. My sympathy to his family.

  4. Jane and family, The legacy that one leaves to friends and society is the work that one does and how we perceive our fellow man. Nelson personified good character and a truly wonderful human being. It was a real honor to treat him and to see how good a person can be. My sincerest condolonces to you and the family on this great loss.

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We are thinking and praying for you Love The Tarantino’s

  6. Paul and Family Mike and I would like to send our deepest sympathy for you and your family on the passing of you father..Jim shared with us such fond memories of your family as he was growing up. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Nancy and Mike

  7. Paul and family, I am sorry to hear about your father. May the strength and prayers of all those around you provide comfort. Cherish the memories.

  8. Steve & Family, We are so very sorry for your loss. May your Dad’s goodness and caring live on like a legacy of love that will always be with you.

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