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Franklin J. Babin 91, of Boxford, a retired gardener, husband of Rita L. (Smith) Babin, died Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence.
Born in Ft. Kent, Maine, son of the late Charles and Eva (Martin) Babin, he was raised and educated in Caribou, Maine school system.
An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country during WWII at the Battle of Iwo Jima as a member of the United States Marines.

Frank worked as a potato farmer in Caribou before moving to Topsfield in 1958 where he worked on Meredith Farm. He was employed for 27 years as a gardener for the Coolidge Estate in Topsfield until the time of his retirement in 1991, when he moved to Boxford.

Frank was a member of the American Legion Post #194 in Hamilton, the Trinity Episcopal Church, Topsfield, Past President and executive member of the Essex Agricultural Society, Past President and executive member of the North Shore Horticulture Society.

An avid golfer and member of the Boxford Men’s Golf League, Frank loved playing cards and spending time with his family. He was a kind and gentle man who was loved by so many and will be deeply missed.

In addition to his wife, with whom he shared 69 years of marriage, he is survived by two daughters, Deanna Cole and her husband, John of Topsfield, Jayne Smallman and her husband, David of Boxford, one son, Wayne Babin and his wife, Marylou of Little River, S.C., seven grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren who called him Papa, two brothers Roland Babin and Donald Babin, both of Maine. He was the brother of the late Phyllis Corrow, Virginia Anderson, Mary Gahagan, Charles Babin Jr., Almond Babin and Freeland Babin.
Relatives and friends are invited to his Memorial Service which will be held in the Trinity Episcopal Church, River Road, Topsfield, Saturday, July 1st at 1 p.m. Burial is private. As requested, no visiting hours. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St.(Rte. 62) Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Franklin’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, 1 Bromfield Street, Boston, MA 02108 or Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843 and to share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Published on  June 27, 2017
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