Cornelius A. “Neil” French

Cornelius Andrew “Neil” French, 64, of Lansing, MI, beloved grandfather, father, brother, son, and friend cruised through heaven’s gates on November 2, 2021. Neil was born in Harrisburg, PA on June 10, 1957.

The family will be welcoming guests for a visitation on Sunday, November 7, 2021, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel (325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing), with a service beginning at 5:00 p.m. Dinner immediately following at the Delta Town Center Community Room (7550 West Willow Highway, Lansing). Keeping in line with his wishes, a cremation will take place after the ceremony.

Neil loved spending time with his family, working out, being on the lake, and watching Steelers games with his brothers. Above all, he loved cheering on his grandchildren. He was the most giving person and never stopped thinking of others. He had a car for every season and joke for every occasion. Neil was born with the gift of gab which made him an amazing business and salesman for most of his career.

Neil was a loving father to Nick (Amber) and Melissa French, and the best grandfather to Jada, Ava, Makayla, Josiah, Aaliyah, and Jeremiah. He is lovingly remembered by them, his brother, Jim (Susan), sister Maryanne, his beloved mother, Mary, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He joins his big brother, John, his father, Jack, and the mother of his children, Kathy in heaven, and will probably insist on driving.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Melissa or Nick to go towards Neil’s grandchildren.

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Melissa french
November 5, 2021 at 7:06 pm

This has me completely in shock dad. I did everything I could to save you. I’m just happy you weren’t alone. We did not see this coming?. Trying to stay strong for the kids, but I can only stay strong for so long. I will love you , and miss you for the rest of my days ahead. Thank you for being the best father and grandfather.

Jim French
November 6, 2021 at 3:36 pm

My dear friend and brother, I hate that you had to leave the party early, funny we were just having dinner a couple weeks ago and we said in reference to our brother John ” Why do all the cool people always have to leave the party early?” Well, this a heck of a rebuttal to that question pal – Neil we did so many things together that I’ll never forget – watching the 69 Amazing Mets go from worst to World Series from the all star break, Steelers playoff games…. win, lose or draw – always great memories. We surely covered the “Eat ,Drink and be Merry ” end of the world – the Summer of 89, who can remember enough to forget? In the end, I could have never have had a better brother or anyone I ever looked up to more – I’ll see you again my friend and until then, I’ll take care of all of the blessings that have been bestowed upon me by God, just like my big brother Neil did!

Steven and Christine Bell.
November 6, 2021 at 7:58 pm

Thank you Neil, for teaching us so much. you will be missed and never forgotten.The love and lessons you have shared with all of us will live on for ever.

Savannah V.
November 6, 2021 at 10:33 pm

Maybe not by blood, but by love you were my grandpa. I thank you for every moment and fun times together. You will be missed and are loved by us all, and we will see you again one day.

November 7, 2021 at 10:57 am

Thanks for being such a great uncle, for always checking in to let us know you were thinking of us, for being such a huge support when we lost our dad/your brother just a few months ago. Love you and hope the two of you are up there enjoying life.

Edward Kopen
November 9, 2021 at 11:44 pm

Thanks for all the memories and good times buddy.
I know you’re there….Best Friends Forever

Edward Kopen

Michael Jacoby
November 26, 2021 at 4:09 pm

Neil was the best friend of my life! I loved him so much out talks were always so good. I will see you again my friend.


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