FRANKLIN EARL RIEHLMAN Franklin Earl Riehlman, of New York City, son of Peter and Margaret Riehlman, was born February 5, 1953. After a short illness he died April 22, 2014. Franklin graduated from Pleasant Valley High School, Butte College and California State University Chico, with a BA in Art History. Franklin was an expert at sports trivia and all things in general. While at Pleasant Valley High School, Franklin played football and was an All Section wrestler. At Butte College, he was an All-State football player and champion wrestler, later being inducted into the Butte Junior College Hall of Fame. It was during high school that Franklin was introduced to the world of art by his coach and art teacher, Ed Logan. Art would become Franklin's lifelong career and passion. In 1976, Franklin moved to New York City to work for artist, Leroy Neiman. From there he worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was a paintings expert at Phillips Son & Neale, INC in New York City. Eventually he founded his own company, Franklin Riehlman Fine Art, with a gallery in lower Manhattan. Franklin travelled the world purchasing art, specializing in 19th and 20th century American paintings. He was philanthropic his entire life, donating to a wide range of causes. Franklin was a wonderful son and brother and was generous to a fault to his nieces and nephews. He enjoyed a good round of golf and a lively game of bridge. He was an avid reader. In talking to friends, business associates and family a reoccurring theme stands out. His word was his bond. No contract had to be signed a handshake was all that was needed. His family will miss the wonderful letters he would write, usually on a single theme that we all enjoyed, and now treasure. He is survived by his partner of more than 30 years, Mary Walsh, his mother Peg, brothers, Mark (Liz), Troy (Mary Ann), Donald, and sister Ann (Pat) Patterson, nieces and nephews, Je Nae, Sarah, John, Kyle, Peter and Emily. He was preceded in death by his father, Pete and nephew Josh. Franklin was a proud member of Private Art Dealers Association, which is holding a Memorial Service to celebrate his life and compare tales on May 22, 2014 at the Lotos Club on 66th and Fifth in Manhattan. A quote from one of Franklin's many pocket notebooks: "Let us endeavor so to live that when we die, even the undertaker will be sorry." Franklin, you will be missed.
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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on May 11, 2014