Obituary

Below is an excerpted obituary as it appeared in the Ottawa Citizen 

on September 19, 1968:


Stage and screen actor Franchot Tone, whose second home from early childhood was the Gatineau area, died at his home in New York City Wednesday of lung cancer. He was 63.

Tone, who led a tempestuous life both on and off-stage, appeared in such plays as Fifth Column in 1940, Oh Men Oh Women in 1953, A Moon for the Misbegotten and The Time of Your Life in 1958.

His first film was Today We Live, with Joan Crawford and Gary Cooper, in Hollywood in 1932. He also appeared in The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, Mutiny on the Bounty, Three Comrades, Without Honor, Man on the Eiffel Tower, and Here Comes the Groom.

Tone sought privacy away from the gossip columns in the Thirty-One Mile Lake area 28 miles south of Maniwaki. His father was one of the first to build a summer home on Thirty-One Mile Lake near Gracefield, Quebec. Tone’s father had married a French-Canadian girl from Buckingham, Quebec, named Franchot. Tone was named after her.

Eventually the camp on Thirty-One Mile Lake became the Gatineau Fish and Game Club. Tone visited the area annually in the summer and fall to fish and hunt moose. He held a lease on at least a dozen good trout lakes. He sometimes visited the Gracefield area in winter to hunt wolves on snow sleds. He was an excellent outdoorsman.

When rehearsing a Broadway play, he would frequently invite the cast to Thirty-One Mile Lake for long weekends. He was a lifelong friend of the late Jean Paul Desjardins, mayor of Gracefield for many years.

“I love every stick and stone in this wonderful country,” he said once. Tone, born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and a Cornell University honors graduate, joined a theatre stock company in Buffalo, N.Y. After a time with the New Playwrights Company in New York, he was chosen to appear in The Age of Innocence, starring Katharine Cornell.

Burgess Meredith, an old friend of Tone’s, said that Tone’s problem “aside from his obsession with lovely women, was, I suppose, that he had too many social graces. If he had a little less money, a little less looks, he might have made a larger mark. But I can’t think of a man who enjoyed life more."