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FranklinNDUNKIRK:  Neal I. Franklin, 72, of Park Avenue, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, died Wednesday, January 8th 2014, at his residence.  He was born in Silver Creek, on September 23, 1941, the son of the late Howard and Dorothy (Waterman) Franklin.

Mr. Franklin was a graduate of Forestville Central School, Class of 1960 and worked as an Assistant Stationary Engineer at Lakeview Shock Facility, Brocton, for 14 years, retiring in 2003.  Mr. Franklin, at one time, also worked as an Artificial Inseminator for Eastern Co-op for 12 years, owned & operated a dairy farm at Parcell’s Corners in Forestville and worked as a truck driver for the former R&L Smith Trucking, South Dayton and Benchley Construction of Silver Creek.  He was an exempt member of Randolph Fire Department and 1st Assistant Chief for 3 years, was a former Board member for the Town of Randolph for 8 years and a member of Dunkirk Moose Lodge #89.  Mr. Franklin enjoyed playing Euchre, making popcorn with his grandchildren, going to Horse Pulls and he loved his family very much.

Survivors include his Loving Companion Peggy Spears of Forestville, three daughters, Elaine (Nathan) Hayes and Diane  Franklin, both of South Hadley, MA, Janeane (Joseph) DiCara, of Dunkirk, a brother, Kenneth Franklin, of Chardon, OH and a sister, Catherine (Michael) Gruber, of Forestville.  Also surviving are 4 grandchildren, Zhanna Hayes, Jack Chagnon, Evan & Molly DiCara, his former wife Jane (Doug) Frink of Dunkirk and several nieces & nephews.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm from where Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Perrysburg Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, PO Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240-0631 or to HOSPICE Chautauqua County, Inc. 20 W. Fairmount Avenue Lakewood, NY 14750.  To post condolences go to

5 Comments on Obituary Notice- Neal I. Franklin

  1. Nancy Jacobs Hare says:

    Neil, Rest In Peace, you fought a battle and now are pain-free. I enjoyed our years at Forestville Central and will always remember you as being the best looking young man in high school. You will be missed by all who loved you, which will include the class of ’60.

  2. John & Vicki Flood says:

    We are very sorry to hear of Neal’s death. May God bless all of you with peace, comfort and many happy memories.

  3. Elaine Franklin Hayes says:

    As the memories continue to flood in, I am missing you more and more every minute…

  4. Bruce and Vicky Fancher says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Neal was loved. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. With love and sympathy, Bruce (Butch) and Vicky Fancher
    Largo, Florida

  5. Lynde Mason Gillespie says:

    I am so sad for you all. Your family was very special to me. I have many happy memories of you all but especially of helping Neal with the chores. My thoughts and prayers out to you.

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