, Salem, MA

April 23, 2014

Fabia 'Bunny' French, 82

Salem — Mrs. Fabia “Bunny” (Burridge) French, 82, of Salem, died peacefully at her home on April 20, 2014, surrounded by love. She was the beloved wife of Frederick French, who she met when she was 14, and shared 63 years of marriage.

Fay was born in Salem on September 5, 1931, to the late Capt. Frederick and Anna (Leal) Burridge. She graduated from Salem High School with the Class of 1949. She was employed at the United Shoe Co. before raising her five children, then at the former Phillips School in Salem, and most recently, at Anderson & French, PC.

Fay was exceptionally kind and friendly, and was happiest with her family and lots of company. She loved the outdoors, animals, birds, flowers, campfires, and a good thunderstorm. She was a longtime Mass Audubon and WGBH member.

Fay was a happy person with a positive soul and a smile for everyone. She will be deeply missed, and lovingly remembered by all who knew her.

Along with her husband, Fay is survived by her five children; sons, William and his wife, Kathleen, and Glenn, Scott and his wife, Claire; daughters, Donna McArdle and her husband, Sean, and Patricia Swaczyk Serino and her husband, Steven; her eight grandchildren, Heather, Jason, Christin, Scott, Brian, Spenser, Bryanne, and Dominic; and three great-grandchildren. She also leaves her sister Anna “Dolly” Leadbetter and her husband, Robert; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Hugh Burridge.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held in The O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., at Salem Common, Salem, on Friday, April 25, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours are on Thursday, April 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. To share a memory, or offer a condolence, please visit