Francine Morin, 62, artist and longtime East Villager

Francine Morin around 1980.
Francine Morin around 1980.

Longtime East Villager Francine Morin passed away at Beth Israel Hospital on April 27. She was 62.

Raised in California and Ohio, Francine moved to New York City in the mid-1970s to pursue a career as a painter and printmaker. After living briefly in Chelsea, she moved to an apartment on E. Seventh St., and maintained studio space first on E. 12th St., then on E. Ninth St.

“Though she endured extreme difficulties in the last years of her life, Fran should be remembered as a kind, smart and funny woman,” said her friend Larry Gregory. “She was a loyal friend with a genteel presence and a fiercely independent spirit.

“She never lost her love of the East Village,” Gregory said. “Those of us who cherished our neighborhood for encouraging and embracing creative energy, should celebrate not just those who became ‘art stars,’ but also those who came here to experience the joy of trying.”