Cecil Franklin

Obituary of Cecil Hammond Franklin

FRANKLIN, Cecil Hammond (Cec)

Peacefully, at Central Park Lodge, Toronto, on Thursday, January 27, 2005, in his 90th year. Loving and cherished husband of Ingrid. Predeceased by his wife Phyllis Lorraine (Peg), 1983, and daughter Sandra, 1987. Dear father of Rob and his wife Pinky. Loving grandfather of Signy, Ali and Tad. Sadly missed by cousin Jean Watson. Fond uncle of Richard and Carol Franklin, Keith and Carole McEwing, the Culley Clan, and many grandnieces and grandnephews. Cec was a treasured member of Ingrid�s family, especially beloved by Edith Hansen, her son Jason, daughter Nicole and friend Scott.

Graduating from Northern Secondary School during the Depression, Cec worked in Toronto before heading to Northern Quebec in pursuit of a more rewarding life in the mining industry. He worked for Prospectors Airway and Mining Corp. at various mines in the Abitibi and Temiscaming regions, eventually residing in Noranda, where he left employment to start his own entrepreneurial endeavours.

Cec started his first enterprise in 1951, selling new and used mining equipment. With early success, he moved the family to Toronto where he expanded his business to include a number of small manufacturing companies. Always entrepreneurial, he acquired an expanding number of interests in businesses and mines, both public and private, from coast to coast. At 75, having achieved success and satisfaction, he retired from active business life.

Throughout his life he was an active participant in community life, and served in many capacities. He was Chairman of the University of Guelph, a Governor of the Scarborough Grace Hospital, an active member of the Prospectors and Developers Association, and the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Cec loved the outdoors, and was a proud founding member of the Goodwood Hunting Club and an active member of the Nicholson�s Island Club. He was a very generous host at the York, Granite and Rosedale Clubs. Always a proud Canadian, he enjoyed fishing and hunting, his cottages and farms. In pursuit of travelling the width and breadth of the country, he became a pilot at the age of 44.

A heartfelt thank you to the management and staff of every department of Thorncliffe Central Park Lodge, and especially to caregivers Amy, Helen, Josie and Macrina.

The family will receive friends at the HUMPHREY FUNERAL HOME - A.W. MILES CHAPEL, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 30th. A service of thanksgiving for Cec�s life will be held at ST. JOHN�S ANGLICAN CHURCH, YORK MILLS, 19 Don Ridge Drive, on Monday, January 31st at 2:00 p.m. Interment St. John�s Church Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Granite Club, 2350 Bayview Avenue, Toronto. If desired, remembrances may be made to the Salvation Army or the Canadian Paraplegic Association.

Humphrey Funeral Home

A.W. Miles Chapel

416-487-4523