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James W. Franklin II


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James W. Franklin II, 61, of Marshfield, Massachusetts, died on March 24 at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston after a long battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Sandra Putnam-Franklin, he is survived by a son, James Franklin III, a daughter Leslie Lowe of Sturgis, South Dakota, three stepchildren Jeffrey Putnam of Danvers, MA, Ginger Putnam of Brunswick, Maine, and Daniel Putnam of Pembroke, MA; a sister and brother-in-law, Marsha and Jack Blum of Columbus, Ohio; a brother, Mark Franklin, of Columbus, Ohio, a sister and brother-in-law Wayne and Barbara Lake, of Easley, South Carolina, five grandchildren, Brad Leaman of Brunswick, Maine, Olivia Franklin of Weymouth, Massachusetts, and Courtney Sulzbach, Maximillian Lowe, and Madeleine Lowe of Sturgis, South Dakota, eight nieces and nephews, and seven grand nieces and nephews.

He was born in Michigan, graduated from Linden McKinley High School in Columbus, Ohio, and attended The Ohio State University and Franklin University. Formerly employed by Chrysler Corporation in Sandusky, Ohio, and Weymouth Art Leather in Massachusetts, he owned his own sales and marketing business, J.W. Franklin & Associates. He was named in 2005 as National Chairman of the Trim Division of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association.

He was an active member of the Masons, serving as Master of the Daniel Webster Lodge, and a member of the Shrine, and Royal Arch, as well as serving as Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Daniel Webster Masonic Lodge, Marshfield, Massachusetts or the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

This obituary could not begin to capture Jim's greatest gift which was his wonderful sense of humor. He could light up a room or lighten the heaviest heart. His life was a model of goodness and giving to his family and community.

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