WALLINGFORD - Francis Anthony Franklin, 98, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, peacefully at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie W. Franklin. Mr. Franklin was a graduate of New Britain Teacher's College (Central Connecticut State University) and received his master's degree from Yale University. He was a well known and respected educator in the Wallingford Public School System. He retired from his position as principal of Evarts C. Stevens Elementary School in 1980.
He is survived by his loving children, Diane E. Franklin, of Meriden, Donald B. Franklin and his wife, Diane, of Newark, Del., William P. Franklin, of Wallingford, and Laura F. Biro, of Garner, N.C.; his six grandchildren; two sisters, Ann Fischer, and Marie Gagliardi; along with his dearest friends, Cathy, Dawn, Chuck, Lisa, John, and Tony. With the caring help of the Hartford Healthcare at Home Hospice Team, Francis's wishes have been fulfilled. He will be missed and remembered by many people he came into contact with in his personal and professional life.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Sunday, Nov. 20, from 3 to 6 p.m. in The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext., Wallingford. A funeral service will follow in the funeral home at 6 p.m. Interment will be private. Gifts in Mr. Franklin's memory may be made to Hartford Healthcare at Home Hospice, 1290 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, CT 06109.www.wallingfordfh.com