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Francis J. "Fran" Desmond, III Jan 22, 1958 - Nov 27, 2020

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Francis J. “Fran” Desmond, III, age 62, a longtime resident of Chester passed away on Friday, November 27, 2020. Fran attended St. James Boy’s High School in Chester and was employed by Crozer Chester Medical Center for 26 years, Sears for 10 years, and Colonial Transportation for 5 years. Fran had more than 40 years of dedicated service with several Fire Companies; Fran belonged to the Moyamensing Jr.’s, Hanley Hose Fire Co ., the SM Vauclain Fire Co. where he was a trustee and Lieutenant, a delegate for the Delaware County Fireman’s Association, and president for the last 5 years of the Delaware County Fire Police Association. Fran was passionate about helping others and was truly devoted to fire service.

Fran was the son of the late Francis J. and Audrey M. (Smith) Desmond, Jr., brother of the late Mary Teresa Dewees, and brother-in-law of the late Hubert M. Dewees and Charles M. Arthur.


His loving wife of 39 years: Candice H. (Arthur) Desmond; his 2 daughters: Amanda H. Hawkins (Kenneth) and Katrina H. Gilbert; his sister: Evelyn M. Desmond; his 2 beloved grandchildren: Hunter and Alexis Gilbert; and nieces and nephews: Adele Dewees, Brian Dewees, Jennifer Dewees, Angela Desmond, Adrianna Dewees, Kallilynn Dewees, and Brian Dewees, Jr.


Visitation: Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 12:00-2:00 pm at the Nolan-Fidale Funeral Home, 5980 Chichester Ave., Aston, PA. Funeral Service: Saturday at 2:00 pm at the Nolan-Fidale Funeral Home. Burial: Will be held privately at a later date. In lieu of flowers:

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Meeting ID: 880 9578 4137

Passcode: 556713


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Begins: Dec 05, 2020 2:00pm - 2:45pm

5980 Chichester Ave

Aston, PA 19014


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Donna & Bill Magrogan says:

Submitted on: Dec 05, 2020

Fran was our "cousin" / always there for others. He carried on his father's dedication to serving! May he rest in well-deserved peace and may blessings extend to his entire family forever.

George and Kimalee Hawkins says:

Submitted on: Dec 04, 2020

Our heartfelt condolences to the Desmond family. May God comfort you in this time and always.

Bill Stanton says:

Submitted on: Dec 02, 2020

I’ve known Franny for over 50 yrs he was always a happy cheerful guy. I was a Fire Fighter with him at Hanley Hose Co Chester for several years. My Wife and I send prayers to his family. Kim and Bill Stanton

Joe and Lynne Magrogan says:

Submitted on: Dec 01, 2020

We are so sorry...sending prayers and peaceful thoughts

Dave Schlott says:

Submitted on: Nov 30, 2020

Comfort prayers sent

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