Franklin H. Violette
SUMNER -- Franklin H. Violette, 80, died his way on August 25, 2013 at home with his kids caring for him, supporting him and holding his hand. His body gave out but his mind was still as sharp as a tack.
Frank lived a full life. He was born was born in Norwich, CT on July 31, 1933 and grew up in Voluntown, CT as a “state kid” and raised with his brothers by their Aunt Christine.
As a young teenager, he attended a trade school and was fortunate to have a mentor, teacher take dad under his wing and teach him much more than a carpentry trade. He enlisted in the Army and proudly served four years.
In October, 1952, he married Jeannette Dionne. Frank’s life became complete after their three children were born and he built a home in Auburn. His kids never doubted his love and pride for them. After he and Jan divorced, he continued his career and built a small home for himself on his son’s property which he called Siloville because he used lumber from a silo he dismantled from John Martin’s homestead in Canton.
Frank’s early career brought him work in heavy construction. He had a hand in building many bridges throughout Maine. He had a special interest in the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and read the book several times.
Frank adjusted his career to keep him closer to his growing family. He began to build and remodel homes. His work will live on through several generations. He was a true craftsman and especially loved finish work. He spent many hours building keepsakes for loved ones who will always treasure his gifts.
His greatest pleasure was company from his many nieces, nephews, grandkids and friends. Everyone loved Frank. He was a character and salt of the earth. His compassion allowed him to be non judgmental and use encouraging words to anyone with troubled hearts.
For many years Frank enjoyed going to the races at Oxford Plains Speedway. He watched many drivers and their successes since the 1960’s. Nothing compared to watching his grandson Travis win 5 Late Model Championships. He realized the effort, dedication and support it took as a team. He was part of the team. His presence will always be felt top row, Section I.
How is it possible to capture the essence of dad in an obituary? Some words come to mind: Mentor, inspirational, kind, compassionate, self-educated, stubborn, independent, humble, sincere, supportive, genuine, extrodinary and exceptional.
Frank lived a simple life without financial security but considered his life to be rich by being surrounded by his kids and loved ones. He often talked about how gratefully blessed his life was. We are the richer for his life. Frank’s legacy in truly love.
Survivors include three children, Connie Adams and John Hargreaves of Canton, Doug and Connie Violette of Sumner, and Brian
Violette of Florida; seven grandchildren, Travis Adams, Albert and Jeremy Storer, Lisa, Shawn, Courtney and Rhiannon Violette; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, George Lester Violette of Lisbon, CT; two special sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Gabrielle Violette of Auburn; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by four brothers, Harold, Woodrow, Henry and Francis Violette.
A Celebration of Life with Military Honors will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Church Street, Hartford, with Rev. Eva Thompson officiating. The family requests that those attending who wish, may write a “Frank” story to share and will be read by Rev. Thompson, who is presiding. Those who desire, in lieu of flowers, please contribute to either the Ronald McDonald House, 250 Brackett St., Portland, ME 04102 or to Make A Wish, 477 Congress St., Suite M 1, Portland, ME 04101 in his memory.