Franklyn N. Linton Sr.July 03,2013
Franklyn N. Linton Sr.
Franklyn N. Linton Sr.
WEST NEWTON, Mass. — Franklyn Nelson Linton Sr., age 93, of West Newton, Mass., formerly of Corinth and Barre, Vt., died June 25, 2013.
Born in Corinth, Vt., July 16, 1919, son of George H. and Beatrice (Miles) Linton, he attended grade school in Corinth, high school at Thetford Academy, MIT during World War II, and completed his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at Syracuse University.
Frank married Cecile Tullar, of West Fairlee, Vt., on Aug. 9, 1942, whom he loved and cared for until her passing in 2002.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, then taught and coached high school in New York and Vermont, before joining the Vermont Agency of Transportation, from which he retired after more than 30 years of service.
Frank was a longtime member of the Grange, a trustee and elder of Barre’s First Presbyterian Church, a member of the American Legion, and served on several committees in Barre Town.
He loved and played a variety of sports, coached youth teams into his 70s, worked out at the YMCA to the age of 93, and was a passionate sports fan, especially of the Boston Red Sox. He enjoyed nature, especially deer hunting and summers at his camp on Lake Groton, where he knew each loon and taught many children the joys of fishing. He was an avid reader and a numbers whiz, easily recalling birthdays, phone numbers and sports stats even in his later years.
Frank greatly enjoyed meeting people and socializing with friends and relatives, but most of all he loved children, and they universally loved him. He adored his grandchildren, great-grandson, nieces and nephews, and delighted in spending many hours watching them play sports and perform in dance and theater.
He enjoyed travel and exploration, took his family on a six-week camping trip across the country, and he and Cecile visited each of Vermont’s 251 towns and traveled around Argentina with their exchange student “son,” Carlos. They also welcomed their exchange “daughter,” Esther, from Singapore, into their home.
Frank is survived by his son Franklyn Linton Jr., his son Phillip Linton and his wife, Leslie, and his daughter, Cynthia Linton; grandchildren, Erika Linton Groff, Katie Fedigan-Linton, Alex Linton and Patrick Fedigan; great-grandson, Bridger Groff; and sisters Hazel Lewis, Margaret Varney and Lucille Aja. He was preceded in death by his brother, Fenton, and his sister Helen McLam.
Frank Linton was the purest, kindest, most loving man that anyone could hope to have as a father, grandfather, brother, husband, relative or friend. He was the best of the best, and he is dearly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lewis-Linton-Tullar-Varney Scholarship Fund, Thetford Academy, P.O. Box 190, Thetford, VT 05074.
A celebration of Frank’s life will be held on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Corinth Center Town Hall, Corinth, Vt.
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