Edward W. ‘Joe’ France, 81

FULTON, NY – Edward W. “Joe” France, 81, of Phoenix, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday December 18, 2018, after a long illness.

Edward W. ‘Joe’ France
Edward W. ‘Joe’ France

Joe enjoyed golfing, playing horseshoes, playing the guitar and listening to Bluegrass Gospel.

He loved his church and his family.

Joe was predeceased by his parents, Byron and Mildred France; brother, Floyd; and sister, Betty Somers.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 62 years, Jeanette (Champion); children, Edward “Joe” (Renee), Cathy (Richard) Bracy, Mark (Cathy), Greg, Tina (Sam) Crego and Gary; 24 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; brother, Leon (Kathy); and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Friday, December 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

A funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, December 22, at Port City Faith Church, 436 W. Fifth St., Oswego.

Spring burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Volney.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to St. Luke’s Health Services, 299 E. River Road, Oswego, NY, or American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.



  1. Dad, my heart just skipped a beat when I saw this. I can’t believe you’re gone, but I know you’re home with Jesus now, and that makes my heart happy! I’ll be looking for your wink and your smile when we meet again!! I love you more then words can express!! Your baby girl, ??

  2. Joe, when you told me you felt lost I didn’t really understand until now. I feel so lost without you. I know you’ll be waiting for me. I love you.

  3. Gramp, my heart is broken. It has a missing piece that only a hand squeeze, wink and a kiss can fill. I love you more and miss you forever! Know that we are here taking care of Gram for you!! Love you always!!

  4. My heart is broken for our New York family. I wish we could be there though this difficult time. I know uncle Joe is In great company seeing all the family who were there waiting to welcome him to heaven.
    We love you all , Katie . Chris, Steven, David

  5. You can tell the measure of a man by looking at his family. You were an amazing father, grandfather, and great grandfather. You will be missed every day. Until we meet again, rest easy Grandpa Joe.

  6. Gramp,
    I’m grateful for all the memories …but it doesn’t make this any easier. Your soft hands, your wink and smile, I’ll always be your girl.
    Know we are taking care of Gram. Love you forever.

  7. Joe Although I am unable to be there in person, just know that I am there in spirit. I will always remember your ready smile and sense of humor. I love you like a brother. God be with you.

  8. May you Rest In Peace Joe. My mom is sending her love to you and your family. She loved you most! Wishing the family peace.

  9. Jan and family,
    I’m very sorry for your loss. It has been my pleasure to have met your husband, such a gentleman. Thinking of you and sending you a big hug.

  10. My heart goes out to the France family. Joe was a great family man and friend. He always managed to put a smile on my face no matter how I was feeling. He will be so greatly missed.

  11. Uncle Joe, I’ll always remember and cherish those big ole bear hugs. And how you could make anybody smile with a simple look or phrase. I miss you terribly. Love you.

  12. Dear Jan and family. I’d like to offer you my sincere sympathy and condolences to each and every one of you. May you find love / peace / strength as you go through this difficult time. May god bless each and everyone of you.

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