Russell M. Franklin, 92, of Congdon Mill Road, West Greenwich, RI, passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2012.
Born in Coventry, RI, on May 10, 1920, he resided in West Greenwich for most of his life. He was the son of the late Charles S. and Elsie A. (Bogman) Franklin. He was the husband of the late Hope E. (Reynolds) Franklin to whom he was married for 58 years. Brother of the late Charles E. Franklin and Winifred A. Franklin.
He leaves three children; Roger M. Franklin of Whitefield, Maine, James C. Franklin, Sr. of West Greenwich, RI and Beverly J. Grundy of West Greenwich, RI, five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and friend and companion Gladys Tripp.
Russell was a 1938 graduate of Knotty Oak High School and was a farmer and mechanic all of his life until retiring in 2011.
In 1983 he retired as Supervisor of the State Central Garage at the Howard Complex in Cranston, RI. He restored Model A Fords and other antique cars until his retirement, including his trophy winning 1931 Model A Roadster.
He was a Charter Member of the West Greenwich Volunteer Fire Co. #1 and Lifetime Member of the Exeter #2 Volunteer Fire Co. He was also a Lifetime Member of the Little Rhody Model A Club of RI and the Rhode Island Model T Club.
He served on the West Greenwich Town Council from 1949-1954 and also in the House of Representatives for a short term. He was active in the town and was recently honored as the oldest living resident in 2012.
His funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 11:00 from the Gorton-Menard Funeral Home and Crematory with a calling hour to be held prior from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Burial will be in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Exeter, RI.
For online condolences please visit www.gortonmenardfuneralhome.com .
Reported: 12/21/12 (Show all obituaries for this day)
By: Gorton-Menard Funeral Home & Crematory (Show all obituaries and information about this funeral home)