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We regret to inform you of the death of (Ret) Corporal / Administrative Officer III Francis “Buzzy” France. (Ret) Cpl. France passed on March 22, 2022. Buzzy, as everyone knew him, worked for the department for a combined 54 years, 22 sworn and 32 as a civilian employee. Buzzy announced his departure in October of 2021 proclaiming “I think after 54 years it’s time to relax.”

A viewing will be held on Saturday March 26, 2022 from. 1100 to 1400 hours, Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomon’s Island Rd., Edgewater, MD 21037


Francis Edward France, “Buzzy”, 79, a longtime resident of Deale, MD, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, surrounded by his family at Anne Arundel Medical Center after a brief illness. Buzzy was born on February 11, 1943 in Baltimore, MD to the late Lawrence (Capt. Phipps) and Eleanor France.

Buzzy began his career in law enforcement as a Maryland State Trooper, where he worked for 22 years, attaining the rank of Corporal. He was stationed at the Waterloo, Valley & Prince Frederick Barracks He served for 32 years in CMVED( Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division), where he oversaw the training unit.

Buzzy was a member of the Deale Vol. Fire Department in the 1960’s and the Jessup Vol. Fire Dept in the 1970’s. His interests included slow pitch softball, crabbing and enjoyed “Aqua Sports” at Dockside Restaurant in Deale with his best friend Bob Beall. He was also one heck of an oyster shucker and made the best oyster stew.

Buzzy is survived by his son, Robert C France and his wife Paula, of Deale, MD and daughter, Sharon Younger and her husband, Mike D. Younger, Sr. of Stevensville, MD, his two brothers, Lawrence France and his wife Mary, of Arnold, MD and John W. France and his wife Susan, of Englewood, Colorado.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Michael Younger, Jr., Dylan Younger, Taylor Younger, Logan France and Autumn France, Austin and Gracie Younger and Violet Mints. Buzzy will also be missed by many friends, coworkers and his Dockside family.

Celebration of Life

Family and Friends are invited to celebrate Buzzy’s life on Saturday, March 26, 2022, from 11 am until 2 pm at the Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD 21037.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Buzzy’s memory may be made to the Maryland State Police Alumni Association, MSPAA Memorial Fund, 1750 S Plantation Drive, Dunkirk, MD 20754. Online Here

Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they are called the Children of God. Matthew 5:9

Sarah “Jeannie” Mastronardi
President, MSPAA

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