Francis M. “Fran” Denver
January 29, 1944 - June 18, 2023
Francis M. “Fran” Denver, age 79, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully after a long and courageous battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy on Sunday, June 18, 2023.
Fran was born in Wilmington, DE on January 29, 1944 to the late Clarence and Elizabeth (Carney) Denver. He was a 1962 graduate of Salesianum High School. A true American patriot, Fran loved his country and proudly served 26 years in the Delaware National Guard. Serving as both an active duty and a reserve soldier, he attained the rank of First Sergeant. Fran and his wife served the religious community for 21 years by owning and operating the Alleluia Shop. For the last 10 years of his employment, he worked as the Human Resources Manager for Lowe’s and Home Depot.
Throughout his life Fran was extremely active in his church community. He held positions of Eucharistic minister, Lector and Pastoral Council Member. Fran was a past Grand Knight and a member of the St Michael Council #4548 Knights of Columbus and a 4th degree member of the Cardinal Gibbons Assembly #150. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening and watching the Eagles and Notre Dame football while loudly and enthusiastically expressing his opinion of the game. Fran will lovingly be remembered as the best husband, dad, pop-pop and friend. The guy who could always be counted on, who loved to help others. The guy who, if someone needed a hand, would unfailingly find a way to help, often anonymously.
Fran is survived by the love of his life and wife of 56 years, Suzanne (Werner) Denver of Newark; children, Chris Denver (Laura) of Lafayette, IN, Amy Doherty (Jim) of Dewey Beach, David Denver (Jennifer) of Middletown, and Megan Denver (Willy Gergits) of Dedham, MA; grandchildren, Joelle (Alex Jaros), Thomas, Samantha and Brian Denver; Nicole and Alex Doherty; Jake, Emily and Molly Denver; and Benji Gergits; sister, Joan Neal; and sister-in-law, Pat Denver (Bill).
The Denver family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the caring staff at Cadia Capital Dover and Compassionate Care Hospice.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:15 am until 11:15 am on Monday, July 17, 2023, at Holy Family R.C. Church, 15 Gender Road, Newark, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:15 am. Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fran’s memory to CurePSP, 1216 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001 or online by clicking here.