Office of the Premier

Messages on the death of Mitchell Franklin (06/11/24)

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Nov. 24, 2006

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following statement on the death of philanthropist and Saint John businessman Mitchell Franklin was issued today by Premier Shawn Graham.

"It is with deep regret that we note the passing of well-known New Brunswick businessman and philanthropist Mitchell Franklin at the age of 93.

"Born in Montreal but calling Saint John home, Mitchell Franklin served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Returning to New Brunswick, he made his mark as a businessman, entrepreneur and community leader in Saint John and the Atlantic Region.

"As successful as he was in business, Mr. Franklin strongly believed in giving back to his community. He was an active member, organizer and donor for many organizations and causes, supporting development of the arts, the preservation of our forests, the development of civil rights, and the advancement of his faith and the Jewish community. For his dedication to the betterment of others he received many honours, including his investiture as a member of the Order of Canada in 1986.

"Mitchell Franklin was a true New Brunswick success story who made it his life's work to share his good fortune with others. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, and especially by those who have been touched by his generosity.

"On behalf of all New Brunswickers, I offer my sincere condolences to Mitchell Franklin's wife, Janice; his children, Beverley and Neil; his four grandchildren, Allyson, Jennifer, Daniel and Kathryn; and his nephew, Franklin Babb, in this, their time of sadness."

The following statement on the death of Mitchell Franklin was issued by Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson:

"Mitchell Franklin is perhaps best known for the establishment of the Franklin Cultural Centre on his Franklin Farms estate at Bains Corner, near St. Martins. Over the years, Franklin Farms has provided comfort and care to many thousands of people of all ages.

"In later years Mr. Franklin was also a guiding force behind the development of the Fundy Trail, which will remain with Franklin Farms as an enduring legacy to his strength of vision, energy and drive, his generosity, and his desire to make his province a better place for all who call it home."