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Ed French of Westerly, owner of Ed French and Son Inc., Asphalt Paving sits with Mayo, a Jack Terrier mix on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.| Tim Martin, The Westerly Sun

AGE: 62.

OCCUPATION: Business owner and operator of Ed French & Son Inc.

RESIDENCE: Westerly.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Ledyard.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Wrapping up the best I can of the 2021 paving season before the weather breaks.

I COPED WITH THE PANDEMIC BY: Being considered an essential worker and able to work.

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: A successful business with support and help from my son.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Seeing all of the U.S. National Parks and traveling abroad.

I ALWAYS CARRY: Cash.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: In the military.

MY HEROES ARE: John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.

FAVORITE AUTHORS: James Patterson.

BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: None.

TOP THREE SONGS ON MY PLAYLIST: "American Trilogy" (sung by my brother-in-law), "Pictures" (Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow), and "Blizzard" (Jim Reeves).

LAST THREE SONGS I ASKED ALEXA/PANDORA/SPOTIFY TO PLAY: "Old Town Road" (Billy Ray Cyrus), "Old Blue Chair" (Kenny Chesney), and "Everything is Gonna Be All Right" (Bob Marley).

FAVORITE THREE MOVIES OF ALL TIME: "Dances with Wolves," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "Bourne Legacy."

FAVORITE TV SHOWS: "Yellowstone" and "The Blacklist."

FAVORITE RADIO STATION/SHOWS/PODCAST: 97.7

TOP COMFORT FOOD: My wife’s Italian cooking and an occasional Big Mac.

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I MOSTLY USE: TikTok.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: A strong work ethic.

PET PEEVES: Not showing up for work.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: Life’s too short, enjoy it while you can.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Weekapaug Outlook.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My dog Maho, my wife, and of course my kids and grandkids.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I like to eat raw hamburger for a snack.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Save your money.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: “If you don’t want to work, go home.”

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: It would be a whole lot different.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Buy a villa in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and another one in Italy.

I DRIVE A: A gray 2015 Ford F-350.

I WISH I DROVE A: 1955 Chevy.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Iced tea and chocolate.

IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: My mother-in-law, the late Josephine Cherenzia. She was a wonderful woman. I didn’t have much time to spend with her.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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