Clifford A. Franke, Riverside

Clifford A. Franke, 73, of Providence Avenue, Riverside, died accidentally on Dec. 29, 2012.  He was the husband of the late Linda G. (Forcier) Franke. Born in Bristol, a son of the late Alfred and Mary (Vital) Franke, he lived in Riverside for 43 years. Mr. Franke was a Union Stewart for the Pearson Yacht Co., Bristol for 40 years before retiring in 2002. Clifford enjoyed attending car shows. He is survived by a daughter; Tina L. Ridondo and her husband James of Riverside, a sister; Janice Alley of Swansea, two grandsons; Charles Burdick IV and James Ridondo Jr. and one great granddaughter.  He was the father of the late Debra Franke and brother of the late Claudia Franke. His funeral service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 6, in the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Ave., Riverside at noon. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Leave online condolences at


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