It is with great sadness that the family of Eric Franklin announces his passing on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at the age of 79 years. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Jean; daughters Gillian (Joe) and Barbara; sons Steven (Dawn) and Michael (Jennifer); 6 grandchildren, numerous extended family members and special pal Toby. Eric is predeceased by his brother, Kenneth Franklin. A Memorial Service was held at All Saints’ Anglican Church on Sunday, January 29 at 3:00 p.m.
Born to George and Ethel Franklin on May 2, 1932 in London, England, Eric grew up in London. He began his career in the printing profession at the age of 14, sweeping floors at a print shop which lead to a seven year printer’s apprenticeship and in 1953 he earned his printer’s certification.
On May 9, 1953 Eric married Jean Simmonds in London. In 1956, with only a few hundred dollars in his pocket, Eric, Jean and their eleven-month old daughter, Gillian, immigrated to Canada after booking passage on the Empress of France. They ultimately settled in Aurora where they purchased their first home. Eric worked as a printer for Southam News in Toronto and Alliance Press in Newmarket. While living in Aurora, Eric joined Post Paper Box, and progressively moved into management, becoming co-owner for a number of years when Eric, Jean, and their four children moved to Windsor, Ontario. Eric then held a senior position at Windsor Print and Litho and lent his cost-estimation expertise during the company’s transition to a computer-based system. Eric retired from the printing business in 1995 and Eric and Jean moved to Vernon, British Columbia. In the first ten years of retirement, the couple enjoyed extensive travel to England, Scotland, Iceland, Barbados, Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean, and all over the United States and Europe.
Throughout his life, Eric was committed to family, community and faith. Eric was extremely fond of the outdoors and enjoyed regular camping trips with his family, hiking and bird watching. While living in Aurora, Eric was a Scout Master, sang in a Barbershop Quartet, and volunteered with the Anglican Church. In Windsor, Eric was a Church Warden and ran the church newspaper for several years. After retiring, Eric was a member of the Naturalist Club and the Vernon Bowling League. He was also a dedicated dog walker for the SPCA for many years and a volunteer for over 14 years at the Vernon Visitor Centre.
Eric’s friends and family fondly remember his quick sense of humor and knack for storytelling. He was known for his cheerful disposition and ability to make friends anywhere. He made people feel welcome and comfortable in any situation. Eric worked hard to make a good life for his family and was extremely proud of their accomplishments. He earned the respect of his community by his generous involvement. He will be missed by all who were touched by his love and kindness.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to a scholarship set up in Eric Franklin’s name at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario or, to the Vernon SPCA. Letters of condolence may be sent care of the Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155.