February 20, 1945 – April 15, 2019
George Fredrick Franklin, Jr was a loving and beloved father and grandfather. He died peacefully in his sleep at home in Apache Junction, Arizona.
George is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Judith Franklin. They held each other’s hands and told each other they loved each other every day of their lives. George is also survived by his daughter, Barbara Fuller (Wayne); daughter Carrol Franklin and granddaughters Caitlyn and Ashley; son David Franklin (Katie ) and grandsons Liam and Brayden; and daughter Sandra Franklin and granddaughters Britney and Courtney. His children and grandchildren all reside in Arizona. He is survived by his brother Al Franklin of Florida and sister Helen Aquilina (Paul) of Pennsylvania.
George is predeceased by his parents, George Fredrick Franklin, Sr and Helen Rose Franklin, and his brother James Franklin, all of New Jersey. He is also predeceased by his granddaughter Amber Smith.
George was a retired Boilermaker from Local 28 after 38 years, a job which he loved. He was a real life MacGyver, and a jack of many trades. He always worked hard to provide a wonderful life for his family. He had a great sense of humor and loved to tell tall tales, although he did not have much of a poker face. He was a big fan of Home Depot, much to his wife’s chagrin. Most trips to Home Depot included a stop at his favorite hot dog cart, and a visit to the park to share them with the love of his life.
George was an avid Yankee fan, rarely missing a game. He enjoyed his wife’s cooking – baked spaghetti was his favorite. He loved watching reruns of his favorite westerns, including The Lone Ranger and Gunsmoke. He loved old cars and loved his 1987 Dodge Ram Truck, which he spent countless hours tinkering with. He was extremely proud of his wife, children and grandchildren. Family gatherings were a highlight of his life. He loved his family and enjoyed reminiscing about his past escapades, work, and family.
George was larger than life and a true hero to his family. He will be missed beyond measure.