Frank R. Allen

December 29, 1923November 1, 2012

Norwich- Frank Raymond Allen, 88, of Norwich, CT entered into eternal rest on November 1, 2012.

Frank was born December 29, 1923 in Central Falls, RI, the son of Louise G. Duffell and Frank Allen. He grew up in Rhode Island and his family moved to Baltic CT in 1940 and he then graduated in 1941. Frank was employed as a Machinist by Park Davis and in January of 1943, joined the Army, serving in the 505th Battalion during WWII in the European Theater until March of 1946. He received the Victory Medal and a Good Conduct Medal for his service. Upon returning home, he was employed as a machinist for the Baltic Mill and then for the US Navy in Groton, CT as a machinist in the power plant, where he retired after more than 25 years. After a 12 year courtship, he married Lucille M. Finlayson on April 29, 1961 at the Taftville Congregational Church.

Frank was a Charter member of the Sprague Camera Club and of the Circle 8 Square Dance Club. He was a member of St. James Masonic Lodge, serving as a Demolay Day, Master, and Assistant District Deputy to CT and a Rainbow advisor. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite. Frank enjoyed music and loved to sing. He attended every concert his daughter performed in as long as he was able. He sand in his church choirs, was a member of the bass section of the Eastern CT Symphony Chorus for many years and sang the part of one of the three kings for the Feast of Lights at Grace Episcopal Church every January.

He is survived by his wife Lucille of Norwich, daughter Nancy Allen-Ziemski and his grandson Joshua Ziemski of Norwich CT and his dog Trina and 2 grand dogs Rosco and Bella. He was predeceased by his sister Violet Shugrue.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 78 Washington St., Norwich CT on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Labs4rescue, Inc., PO Box 955, Killingworth, CT 06419 or to Christ Episcopal Church Choir in his memory.

To leave an online condolence for Frank’s family, please visit his memorial at

The Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St. Norwich, is entrusted with arrangements.


  • Memorial Service Monday, November 12, 2012

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Trina & Fred Smolen

November 15, 2012

Dear Lucille,Nancy and Josh
Just heard about Frank's passing from Randy Dumais(worker at Sub Base) Fred and I were in New Hampshire - My deepest sympathy to you all- Sweet Man Frank - May he rest in peace- May all the beautiful memories lighten your loss- Miss you very much - big hugs and kisses to all

November 12, 2012

Lucille, Nancy and Josh, Our heart felt sympathy goes out to you. Frank was such a nice man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Take Care and God Bless You,
Sheila Maudsley and Dorothy Rhodes

Karen Tuccitto

November 7, 2012

My thoughts are with you at this time. Frank was such a sweet guy who loved it when we came in with our dogs to visit. He will be missed.

November 6, 2012

Lucille, Nancy & Josh, my heart goes out to you. I know it can be bitter sweet. I know what you are going through and please know that you can talk to me anytime if you need anything! God Bless Dawn

Shari Drake

November 5, 2012

Lucille, Nancy, and Joshua - We are so sorry for your loss. Frank was such a nice man and my favorite memories are when he was one of the King's in our Feast of Lights service at Grace Church. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care. Shari Drake

Betty King

November 4, 2012

Lucille, Nancy and Josh, Sorry to hear of your loss. May your memories be long and wonderful, and comfort and love surround you.

Beverly Knight-LaPlume

November 4, 2012

Frank was a wonderful man. I remember him fondly and am sorry for your loss. My prayers are thoughts are with you.

June LeClair

November 4, 2012

We remember Frank very well from Taftville church and my mother and I send you our deepest sympathy for your loss. June Burlingham LeClair & Shirley Burlingham

Liz Thomas

November 3, 2012

So thankful for Frank's many kindnesses to me and my family. May his family know that Frank and God surround them with great love.