Francis E. Bacon

Born: Tue., Jul. 10, 1956
Died: Mon., Nov. 5, 2012


9:30 AM to 10:00 AM, Fri., Dec. 14, 2012
Location: Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Fri., Dec. 14, 2012
Location: Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick

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Francis Edward Bacon, 56, of Harrisburg, passed away on November 5, 2012. Born July 10, 1956, he was the son of the late Arthur Francis Bacon and Grace (Gallagher) Bacon of Hershey.


Francis graduated from Milton Hershey School in 1974 and attended Cornell University, where he studied mathematics and engineering. He was a brilliant man with a kind heart who was well-known and respected by those involved with Harrisburg's homeless community. Though he had no physical home for much of his life, Francis never felt homeless. To him, the streets meant independence, not despair. He considered it his duty to look out for others on the street that needed a helping hand or just a friend. He was deeply religious, and his Catholic faith gave him strength and served as a guiding light to help others despite his lack of worldly wealth.


Francis enjoyed cooking, playing the guitar and debating on any and all topics. His greatest joy was serving as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army at Christmas, where his singing and charm brought in record donations each year.


Surviving are his brothers, Edward Bacon of Glenmoore, Pa. and Michael Bacon of Meadville, Pa. and his sister, Mary (Bacon) Rosenkrans of Harrisburg, Pa. Francis loved and admired his three nephews Patrick, Sean and Nolan Rosenkrans and two nieces Kendra (Bacon) Rudd and Emily (Bacon) Hoff, as well as his “adopted” nieces and nephews Zachary Shope, Kaylyn Shope, Amado Alvarez, Augustin Alvarez and Micah Ocasio.


The public is invited to join family and friends in celebrating Francis’ life at a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 14 in the Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick, 212 State Street, Harrisburg. A memorial luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. at a location to be announced. Private burial will be in the Hershey Cemetery, Hershey, PA.


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Jerry W. Waters, Sr,
   Posted Wed December 12, 2012
As one travels through this life is there a difference one can make? I believe you can make a difference in whatever station you are placed. Fran indeed was bright man and an engaging personality and, had a heart of gold. He made a difference in this life! Romans 8:1. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. I know Fran's soul is finally at rest.

Jerry W. Waters, Sr.
MHS Class of 75"

April Ocasio
   Posted Wed December 12, 2012
My condolences to Mary and the entire family. There are not enough words to express how much Francis was loved. He was an inspiration to me as I watched him give so generously to others even when he had little. He was a very smart man. He loved God and that love made an impact on others around him. Francis will be greatly missed. I find comfort in knowing that he is in a better place. Looking forward to seeing him again someday when I make it home to be with our Father in Heaven.

Beth Leonard
   Posted Wed December 12, 2012
I had the sincere pleasure of initially knowing of Francis through my son, Justin, while he was helping with Isaiah 61 Ministries. Justin would come home those evenings speaking very highly of Francis and would re-tell many of the stories or discussions he and Francis had shared during the evening meal. Francis shared his knowledge and time- and Justin enjoyed every minute of it. It was months later when I was able to personally meet Francis. He was exactly as Justin described and in talking to him, it seemed as though I had known him forever. He was so personable and was a great conversationalist. I would listen to Francis and Justin discuss politics, homelessness, sports, math and whatever other topic that came to mind. While I may have only known Francis a brief time, he touched my life, that of my son, and so many others. He is deeply missed.

Mary Rosenkrans
   Posted Wed December 12, 2012
All are welcome to join family and friends at a memorial luncheon for Francis on Friday, December 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 15 South 4th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Enter at the 4th Street entrance across the street from the WGAL-TV Studio. Parking is available at the Chestnut Street garage or nearby street parking.

Carolan La Vallee-Rahman
   Posted Thu December 13, 2012
Francis is my cousin whom I have not seen for many years. His father is my mother's brother. My mother is in her 90's and had been living in Alaska after my dad went to be with the Lord. My mother moved back to NY a few years ago. While my mom lived in Alaska, Francis would call her on a regular basis to see how she was doing. The conversations meant the world to my mom and she often talks about how special it was to hear from him. My mother loves all her brother's children and prays for them always. I believe Francis will be greeted by the many family members that have gone before him but most important is that he will be greeted by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For someone as bright as Francis, I would guess there will be some great conversations going on in heaven. I believe Francis will be thrilled with all there is to learn up there. Until we meet again, enjoy the good company, the view and the rewards for the lifetime of kindness you expressed to so many here on earth. I look forward to meeting you at the gate. I pray God will send forth His Holy Spirit to comfort the family and friends at this time. With much love and God's richest blessings for all eternity through Christ Jesus, Amen. Love Carolan, Aunt Sis, Arty, Chucky and Billy and our respective families.

Carolan La Vallee-Rahman
   Posted Thu December 13, 2012
I would like to add that our family will be making a contribution to the Salvation Army on behalf of Francis, as this is an organization he loved volunteering with. Of all the non-profit organizations that serve people with various needs, the Salvation Army uses the greatest portion of donated dollars (approx. 94 cents of each dollar) to provide programs and services in the United States and in many other countries. We will place the donation in a bell ringer's bucket in his name, which I trust would delight Francis.

Jim Allison
   Posted Thu December 13, 2012
I knew Fran when we attended Milton Hershey School and graduated with him in 1974. He was a good friend with an excellent sense of humor and one of the most intelligent people I have ever known. Though we lost touch over the past 38+ years, I have thought of him often, wondering where he was, what he was doing, and where life had taken him. Fran's death saddens my heart. He was a wonderful human being and I am sure he will be missed. I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to Fran's family and will pray for you all (and Fran) during this difficult time. God bless you.

Jackie Wilson
   Posted Thu December 13, 2012
I met Francis when I joined Occupy Harrisburg. I was one who spent most of my time from Midnight to 8:00 am at the canopy on the capitol steps. Since I was usually there alone, Francis would stay with me. I found out he had a campsite, but stayed sleeping in a chair or under our table so I would not be alone. His campsite had heat, we did not, his campsite had a tent and sleeping bag, we did not. He refused to let me be there alone. During that time he and I became close. I learned of his family, loved all of them very much. I learned we grew up only 2 miles from each other. I learned so much from Francis, but he knows I would not say it was always a pleasant experience. He was a down and out Republican, so we had many amusing discussions on that subject. There were times when he wore my patience, and I wore his, but we had a deep affection for one another. I can only say this, I was lucky to have known him, fortunate to have spent so much time with him his last year on earth. He will always be held in my heart with affection. I will miss him so very much.

Karl Dunkleberger
   Posted Fri December 14, 2012

Never enuff,

But all we have ,

To ease the pain,
Sunlight ,

a New Day Dawn,

For Francis and those who loved and knew Him.


Love each other


Emily Geschwindt
   Posted Sat December 15, 2012
I recognized Fran from when I worked at the State Library. He was a quiet gentle soul who became, in a way, one of the library family.

Carolan La Vallee-Rahman
   Posted Sun December 16, 2012
I am sorry I could not attend the service and I pray the family and friends are at peace as Francis goes to be with the Lord. With much love I pray God's blessings on you and your loved ones eternally through Christ Jesus, Amen!

Patrick Gillis
   Posted Tue December 18, 2012
I was a friend of Francis's since 1995 from Harrisburg, PA. Francis was a great friend and he would always provide help to anyone he met. I saw him as recently as 2 months ago at Country Manor in Carlsile, PA. Francis will always be a great friend of mine, a great Catholic and I'll miss him dearly. My great respect for Francis and my condolences to the family.

Francis's friend, Patrick Gillis

Mechanicsburg, PA

Douglas Warner
   Posted Sun January 20, 2013
My sincere condolences to Francis' family. I was one year ahead of Francis at MHS, however, we lived together at Crest Lane for years. A very intelligent person, Francis also had a great sense of humor. After graduating MHS, I went to Syracuse University and ran into Francis at Cornell while going to a concert. We stayed in touch for a year or so... he was a good friend and my brother and I fondly remember all the fun we ll had at Crest Lane. So long friend, RIP Francis.

Mark Tomecek
   Posted Tue March 12, 2013
Over the past few months I have been thinking of Frances. I had not realized that he passed away. I googled him and found this site. We lived together at Longmeades while attending Milton Hershey School. Someone posted that "he was a down an out republician." While he was at MHS I remember him debating a view of the left with Mrs Hildabrant our house mother who was a conservative among conversatives. He may have been down and out but not because he lacked ability or intelligence; He fully understood you can't exploit others for personal gain. The last time I saw him was in Hershey (Little Italy) back in the late 1970's. I am proud to hear of his benelovence.

Oliver S. Ewing MHS Class of 1972
   Posted Sun May 12, 2013
I knew Francis from Milton Hershey School. His brothers Ed and Mike and Francis we all lived at student home Habana back in the 60's. I have lost contact with all 3 over the years. I just found out about his passing and thought that I would leave my condolences to his family. I too am a licensed funeral director in Maryland. It's funny how at Milton Hershey we all live together and go to school as a very large family and don't know what paths we may follow in our lives. It sounds as though Francis loved helping his fellow man. May god bless the Bacon family and to all of his friends and extended family members too.

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