Francis Morgan Stoughton, 88, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and friends on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Francis was born in his beloved hometown of Turners Falls, Massachusetts on October 28, 1928, and was a longtime resident of Edinboro, Pa. and Norton, Ohio.
His is survived by his wife, Linda Snowball; daughters, Sarah Olson, Jessica (Ty) Gray; grandchildren, Morgan and William Olson, David, Maximillian and Bella Wertman; nieces, nephews and their children. He loved and cherished his family. Francis was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Dorothy Stoughton; sister, Virginia and brother, Richard.Fran, Frank or Francis, depending on which town he was in, was the best of this world.
He was loved by everyone he met, and left a lasting memory of love, kindness, humor, one-liners, ability to make people laugh (once you got his sense of humor), orneriness, compassion, understanding, wisdom, devotion, generosity, stubbornness, messiness (sometimes a “big fat mess”), and being a special person that you meet and remember forever. The word most associated with Francis is “unique”.Francis was an inspiration to others to be a better person, hold your family close and love them with all your heart, have a happier day, feel good about yourself and others, take care of yourself, take chances, have adventures, travel, sustain friendships, try new things, be compassionate and helpful to those in need, keep informed, read, read, read, learn, learn, learn, banter back and forth to create laughter. He had a wisdom that was hard to describe, never offered advice, but would make the right statement, in his gentle voice, at the right time to the person who needed to hear what he said.Francis was the encourager for the founding of Snowball Bookshop, 22 years ago. He was the best bookman and found fantastic, esoteric, unique books. His joy was auctions, estate sales and garage sales, searching for books and other “treasures”.This Army veteran was in Japan and loved to talk about his time there as a radio operator, but mostly about his leaves and how much money he won playing poker. He brought that skill to Edinboro University of PA, where he founded a poker club with his fellow professors. They played together for over 30 years.
Francis was a man of many occupations – cutting ice blocks from the river for ice boxes, being a plumber’s helper, working on the railroad (literally), in Massachusetts, and Index, Washington. His education started at Turner’s Falls where he played football in High School, went on to Deerfield Academy, Hobart College, U Mass, U Conn, and Syracuse. He landed in Edinboro University of PA where he taught Geography, Social Issues, Population and Census and Weather (he loved weather) for 36 years. His love of teaching and learning was passed on to his students (and they also thought he was “cool”). Francis was a man ahead of his time and able to connect with all ages. This man was an avid skier, ski parlor, practiced martial arts, a swim official, fraternity and sorority advisor, Kiwanian (Edinboro PA Kiwanis), advisor for Circle K. He liked to sail, travel, read, watch “spaghetti westerns”, drive, work out and laugh.
Funeral service was held Monday, August 28th at 5 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton 44203 with Monica Anda officiating. Donations may be made to, Justin T. Rodgers Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, Ohio 44333, American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202, Doctors without Borders USA, 333 Seventh Ave., 2nd Floor, NY, NY 10001 in Francis’ memory.