Clifford A. Franke: Retired Union Stewart, Pearson Yacht Co.

Funeral services for the Riverside resident are scheduled for tomorrow.


Clifford A. Franke, 73, of Providence Avenue, Riverside, died accidentally on Dec. 29, 2012. He was the husband of the late Linda G. (Forcier) Franke.

Born in Fall River, MA, a son of the late Alfred and Mary (Vital) Franke, he lived in Riverside for 43 years.

Mr. Franke was a Union Stewart for the Pearson Yacht Co., Bristol for 40 years before retiring in 2002.

Clifford enjoyed attending car shows.

He is survived by a daughter, Tina L. Ridondo and her husband, James, of Riverside; a sister, Janice Alley of Swansea, MA; two grandsons, Charles Burdick IV and James Ridondo Jr., and one great-granddaughter. He was the father of the late Debra Franke and brother of the late Claudia Franke.

His funeral service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 12 noon. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted.

Contributions in Clifford’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 931 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 3004, Warwick, RI, 02886 would be deeply appreciated.


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