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Milton G. Franklin 06/08/2017

PLAINVILLE – Milton G. Franklin, 84, of Maple Terrace passed away Thursday evening, June 8, 2017 at Madonna Manor Nursing Home in North Attleboro.

  He was husband of the late Jean (Zwolensky) Franklin for over 40 years.

Born July 18, 1932 in Pawtucket, RI, he was a son of the late George H. and Beatrice (Roseberry) Franklin.

Milt graduated from Pawtucket East High School in 1950 and spent several years in the Navy from 1950 to 1955 aboard the U.S.S. Bushnell, a submarine tender off Key West, Florida.

He worked at Metals and Controls/ Texas Instruments from 1955 until his retirement in 1994, working in several positions there including field sales manager.

He attended Brown University in Providence, RI and graduated from the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

He lived in Walpole for over 30 years before moving to Plainville in 2006.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing cards, building tall ship models, collecting trains and puzzles.

Milt was an accomplished swimmer and while a senior at Pawtucket East he set a national high school record in the 150 yard backstroke.    As a freshman at Brown in 1950, Milt broke the school 100 yard backstroke record that stood for 16 years.

He was assistant swimming coach at the Hockomock YMCA, Attleboro Bluefish and later Bishop Feehan High School.

He was inducted into the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame in 1990 and became its president in 1994.

Milt was active in the Plainville Senior Center and loved going on their trips.  He had a great wit and a wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by his dearest friend, Fran Manning; his nephew and godson Charles Cyganoski; nephew Bruce Cyganoski; his niece Karen Finocchi and her husband Elmo; great-nephews Stephen Finocchi and his wife Melissa and Michael and wife Allie; a great-niece Kristen and her husband Andrew Kiewlicz and several other nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours on Tuesday, June 13 from 5-8 p.m. in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro.  A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday, June 14 at 10 a.m. followed by burial at St. John’s Cemetery, Attleboro.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jean Franklin Memorial Scholarship Fund at Bishop Feehan High School, 70 Holcott Drive, Attleboro, MA 02703.

 

 

 

 

Comments  

#8 Pete Foley 2017-07-28 12:07
A great man, who was an inspiration to many. Last saw Milt at the Milford HS "Salute to Veterans" Relay Carnival in December. Huge smile on his face and a million questions about the kids. He reached out and touched many in Massachusetts and Rhode Island Swimming communities. Rest in Peace my friend......you are already missed.
#7 Lauren Kelly 2017-06-16 05:27
Milt Franklin was a coach of mine for many years, on different teams, through a few stages of life. I first met him when I was 6 or so, and by age 10, I kept a picture of him on my bedside table. I relished in his gentle kindness and easy-going nature. Looking back, I realize he was the first person who not only accepted me, but believed in me. I loved him like a father. He worked with a LOT of kids over the years, and we ALL loved him. He was a wonderful person. May he rest in peace, and may his family share that peace and find strength in the goodness he has created and left behind. Aloha.
#6 Nick Brunelli 2017-06-15 17:08
It Saddens me to hear Milton Franklins passing this week. Milt" was an inspiration to me and my swimming. when I first started swimming at the Hockomock YMCA in North Attleboro he was there helping and cheering me on. I remember his fun sense of humor and such a passion for the sport of swimming. He was the reason why my early swimming career was mostly backstroke. Still to this day I remember his story of being the all time high school record holder in the 150 yard backstroke. "Milt" Rest In Peace!
#5 Bob Healy 2017-06-13 01:27
My prayers and condolences go out to Milton and his entire family. He was a good man. God Bless you Milton.
#4 Richard Vincent 2017-06-12 14:27
To Milt's family....In the past few years I have really enjoyed being with Milt at our monthly breakfast meetings initiated by Ellis Mayers. Our discussions about sports, local news, and the RI Aquatic Hall of Fame have been fun...enlighten ed by Milt's sense of humor. His records in competitive swimming will be remembered by many people. My best wishes to his family....and may Milt Rest In Peace.
#3 Richard Vincent 2017-06-12 13:02
To Milt's family..In the past few years I have really enjoyed being with Milt at our monthly breakfast meetings, initiated by Ellis Mayers. Our discussions about sports, local news, and the RI Aquatic Hall of Fame have been lots of fun, enlightened by Milt's sense of humor. His records in competitive swimming will be remembered by many people. My best wishes to his family....and may Milt Rest In Peace. Dick Vincent
#2 Sam & Bobbie Svetkey 2017-06-11 17:35
Our sincere condolences to Fran and Milt's family.
Great neighbor for 10 years in Plainville.
RIP Milt.....
#1 Kathy Drinkwalter 2017-06-11 01:24
May you rest in peace. I know that you didn't intentionally forget about me, my kids, my husband, my mom or brothers. How could you? Jean will have something to say about that if she hasn't already! Thanks for the nice holidays. Until we meet again, may you find comfort.

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