Matthew G. Franklin

Franklin, Matthew G. COHOES Matthew G. Franklin, age 57, passed away peacefully in his apartment in Cohoes of heart failure on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Son of the late Charles J. Franklin and Doris (Dolan) Franklin, who survives him. Matthew was raised in Latham where he attended North Colonie schools and graduated from Shaker High School. As a teenager, Matt worked as a farmhand on the Coleman farm on Mill Road in Latham. He was an excellent gardener with an intricate knowledge in growing fruits and vegetables. He joined the United States Marine Corps in the mid-1970s, receiving an honorable discharge. He was also employed by Grover Rose Overhead Doors for several years installing and servicing all types of overhead doors. Being an excellent marksman, Matt was an avid outdoorsman and loved camping and hunting and fishing in the Adirondack Mountains, most lately with his son Charlie. Years ago, Matt was a licensed guide for the Adirondack mountains. He was also an expert at the restoration and quality refinishing of antique furniture and for several years owned the New Life Furniture Restoration Company in Crescent before going to work for the town of Clifton Park, from where he retired. Besides his mother Doris, Matthew is survived by his former wife, June, and son, Charles "Charlie" Franklin of Clifton Park; step-daughter Heather (Shawn); a granddaughter, Desiray; a brother, Kevin (Kerry) Franklin of Menands; nephews, Daniel (Deanna) Franklin of Latham, Brian Franklin, and Erin Franklin of Menands, and several cousins. Matthew was also a friend of Bill W. Relatives and friends may call at the Bowen & Parker Bros. Funeral Home, 97 Old Loudon Road, Latham on Monday, November 11, 2013 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. with the Rev. Geoffrey Burke officiating. Military honors will be accorded at the funeral home by the U.S. Marine Corps following the service. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, that it is fitting, on this Veterans Day, to make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or woundedwarrior Condolence book at


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Bowen & Parker Bros Funeral Home
97 Old Loudon Rd Latham, NY 12110
(518) 273-4162

Published in Albany Times Union from Nov. 10 to Nov. 11, 2013