photo courtesy of Stephen May

Dear Friends,
It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you that our old friend, Francine Croxson, has passed away. After a long fight with cancer, she is gone. May she rest in peace.

- Joel, June 24th, 2010.

photo courtesy of Stephen May

"Francine Arbor Croxson, age 59 years, died at her Algiers, LA residence on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 6:30 PM.

Life partner of Richard Shields. Ms. Croxson was a graduate of the University of New Orleans, and was a retired Social Worker for the State of Louisiana (Algiers office). She was a true advocate for low income families and their housing needs, and worked diligently to that end.

In addition to being a world traveler, she was a true pioneer in the historic preservation of Algiers Point, buying and restoring historic homes in the mid 1980's long before it became popular.

At her request, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society. THARP-SONTHEIMER FUNERAL HOME of Metairie in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Information: (504) 835-2341."

Published in The Times-Picayune
June 27, 2010

with Clark Gristina in New Orleans in 2008

at 2009 reunion in New Orleans

with Eugene Autry

behind the bar at The Wrong Place Saloon circa 1972

photo courtesy of Stephen May

with Leather in New Orleans in 2008

Mardi Gras

with partner, Richard Shields, in New Orleans in 2008

Francine Arbour at Andy's circa 1973