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.