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William "Frenchie" French

June 26, 1972 ~ March 18, 2024 (age 51) 51 Years Old
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William French Obituary

In Loving Memory of William “Frenchie” French (June 26, 1972 - March 18, 2024)

With profound sadness and an immense sense of loss, we announce the unexpected passing of William “Frenchie” French, a proud member of the Louisville, OH, community, on Monday, March 18, 2024. At the age of 51, Frenchie’s departure leaves a void in the hearts of those he touched with his kindness, generosity, and spirited passion for life.

Born in Canton, OH, and a proud graduate of Louisville High School and attendee of Kent State University, Frenchie's life was a testament to the power of positivity, the importance of community, and the enduring strength of familial bonds. He was a cherished employee at BWX Technologies in Barberton, OH, bringing the same zeal and dedication to his professional life as he did to every other aspect of his being.

Frenchie is survived by his loving wife, Melissa (Glaab) French; his mother, Christine French; his three sons, Marcus, Christopher, and Leo French, who were the pride of his life; and his brother, Joseph French. Preceded in death by his father, William French, Frenchie's legacy is carried forward by a family united in love and memories.

A standout athlete, coach, and mentor, Frenchie’s love for sports knew no bounds. From pitching a no-hitter to win the Hot Stove State Baseball Championship to being selected for the East vs. West All-Star Football game, he exemplified leadership and sportsmanship. More than his achievements on the field, it was his commitment to coaching and mentoring young athletes across Stark County that defined his lasting impact. Frenchie saw potential in every child, coaching not just the game but teaching lessons of life, respect, and personal growth.

An ardent fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Cleveland Browns, Guardians, and Cavaliers, Frenchie's loyalty and spirit were infectious, making game days an event of joy and camaraderie. Beyond the games, his love for people truly set him apart. Frenchie never met a stranger he didn’t embrace as a friend, spreading warmth and kindness wherever he went.

Frenchie's heart was ever at home, surrounded by his family, who were the center of his universe. His love story with Melissa, his partnership in raising their sons, and the joy he took in life’s simple pleasures—like cooking for his family and enjoying movies and sports together—epitomized his role as a dedicated family man.

As we remember Frenchie, we are reminded of his belief in the goodness of people and the difference one individual can make in the lives of many. His legacy of love, mentorship, and community spirit will forever inspire those fortunate enough to have known him.

Frenchie's journey on this earth was a reminder of how much beauty can be found in kindness, how much strength in love, how much joy in giving and the pleasure of winning. He may have left us too soon, but his light will continue to shine in all who knew him, guiding us forward with memories that echo his unwavering positivity and zest for life.

"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" - a question Frenchie answered daily with his every action and smile. Let us honor his memory by living as he did, with open hearts and open hands, ready to make the world a better place, one kind act at a time.

Calling hours will be 4:30-6:30pm on Friday evening at Stier-Israel Funeral Home in Louisville followed by a brief service to celebrate “Frenchie’s” life at 6:30. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the family at https://gofund.me/4edb4875  

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

- Harriet Tubman

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Calling Hours
Friday
March 22, 2024

4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Stier-Israel Funeral Home
917 East Main Street
Louisville, OH 44641

Funeral Service
Friday
March 22, 2024

6:30 PM
Stier-Israel Funeral Home
917 East Main Street
Louisville, OH 44641

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