MEDWAY - Franklin L. Watts passed away April 26, 2016, after a long battle with leukemia. He was surrounded by his wife Mildred, son Ralph, and daughter Penny.
He was born February 2, 1936 in Machias. Franklin left Roque Bluffs at the age of 17 to move to Sherman Mills, where he got a job picking potatoes. That is where he met his wife of 57 years, Mildred L Corliss. They were married February 22, 1958. He worked for Marshall Merry in Staceyville on the Summit Farm. Franklin and Mildred moved to Medway and built their home on the Horseshoe Rd. where they spent the rest of their married life. They had 3 children: Pennecia, Ralph and Peggy Sue.
Franklin was employed at Great Northern Paper Company in Millinocket, where he worked for 38 Years. He ended his career working on Paper Machine Number 11. He had many friends who he worked with in the mill that he spoke of often well after he retired in 1994.
His past time passion was rebuilding anything antique that didn't run. Mainly antique John Deere tractors, one lung engines, and gas pumps. All of his friends knew they were welcome when the garage doors were up.
Franklin is survived by his wife, Mildred; daughter, Penny and husband Bill; and son, Ralph; granddaughters, Jessica and husband Kyle, Laura and husband Justin and son Tyler, Michaela and Tori Lee; grandson, Cody; two very special great grandsons who called him Bump, Joseph and Jackson.
Franklin is survived by a sister-in-law, Rita Corliss and her family; a nephew, Russell Manchester and his wife Carla; a niece, Pamela Hoxie and husband Billy; a brother-in-law, Lawrence Foster; a friend, David Violet and his wife Theresa; friend and neighbor, Kevin Bouchard and his wife Glorianne; and a life long special friend, Walter Morse of Roque Bluffs.
Frank was predeceased by his daughter, Peggy Sue; his mother-in-law, Susie Corliss; and a brother-in-law, David Corliss.
Franklin also had special memories of his Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Millard Davis of Roque Bluffs.
If anyone would like to make a memorial gift in remembrance of Franklin please send contribution to the Millinocket Regional Hospital for the purchase of a bed extender for the comfort care room. A notice for the celebration of life will be posted at a later date.