March 19, 1950 — Sept. 6, 2017
BALLSTON SPA — Richard M. French (a.k.a. Dick French, a.k.a. Digit, a.k.a. Knyadgit) exited the fast lane on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. He was 67 years old. He was surrounded by family and loved ones and passed away peacefully, just as the dulcet flute intro to Stairway to Heaven came on the radio. Born on March 19, 1950 in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late Robert French and Catherine (Belden) Hall.
Mr. French grew up in Glens Falls. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17 and served his country with valor from 1967-1970. He fought in the 9th Infantry Division during his tour of Vietnam until he was disabled by an IED.
Digit (‘Dig it’) liked to be around friends with a cold beer, a pool table, and a jukebox. He played poker and pool and horseshoes. When he wanted to get away, he got everybody in a car and drove. He camped and fished. He loved the woods. He loved to party with a passion. He was a fighter. Those who knew him knew that much.
He leaves his five sons: Justin French of Bristol, Pennsylvania; Questor, Eric, David, and Cedrik French of Glens Falls. He is also survived by his brother Roland (Ronnie) French of Hatler, Tennessee, Phil French of Vermont, Donna Hvizdak of Oregon, Jeremiah French of Canandaigua; his half-siblings Kathy Benson, Bill Hall Jr., Karen Stevens, Archie Hall, and Shawn Macpherson of Glens Falls; his once stepdaughter Courtney Parot, close nephew Jesse Benson, several caring nieces and nephews, and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers Robert (Bob) and Frank (Wolf) French.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 at the V.F.W. on Cooper Street in Glens Falls.
With confidence, the family has placed their trust in the loving care of the Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home, 21 Midline Road, Ballston Lake.