Kevin Paul Franklin

May 6, 1970April 5, 2019

NORWICH – Kevin P. Franklin, 48, died unexpectedly at his home on Friday, April 5th, 2019.

He was born in Norman, OK on May 6th, 1970 to Robert G. Franklin and M. Cheryl (Fisk) Franklin. After completing high school, Kevin entered the US Navy making it his career for 21 years. He began his military career as a submariner however, found his niche on surface destroyers fighting the rampant piracy occurring in the Mideast.

Kevin was known for his quick wit and good attitude which positively influenced so many. Never focusing on himself, Kevin gave to so many as an EMT & Firefighter on the Gales Ferry Fire Dept. He travelled extensively skiing the Swiss Alps, indoor skiing in Dubai and following his hero, Dale Earnhardt Sr. until the time of his passing but keeping NASCAR as his passion. With all his interests and desire to help others, nothing came before the love he had for his son Blake.

Kevin is survived by his mother; Cheryl Hair-Bailey and her husband Paul, his father; Bob Franklin and his wife Nancy, his son; Blake Franklin, sisters; Christine Franklin Simpson and Tiffany Clary, Blake’s mom, Melissa Franklin, and many other extended family members.

A Calling Hour will be held on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 from noon until the time of the Memorial Service at 1pm at Church & Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St., Norwich, CT. Burial is private at the convenience of the family.

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Pete Furman

April 19, 2019

Kevin (Skip) was an incredible person, larger than life. It was an honor to know him and call him a friend and brother. He left an indelible impression on all the lives he touched. I was truly blessed to know you and serve with you on USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), during one of the most difficult chapters in US history. Rest your oars my friend. May God Bless your family and especially your precious son Blake. -Pete

Trish (Harwell) Clapper

April 11, 2019

Kevin and I went to school together in Norman. Like many others have said he was always very positive, funny and never a dull moment. I always enjoyed talking with him, he always left our conversations with a big laugh and hug.
My deepest condolences to his Son and family.

Scott Shockey

April 10, 2019

Great, great intelligent man. Great observer of life. Always in command of the situation. Great times Floating the Illinois or listening to your philosophy of life. Whenever I hear a damn cricket chirp I'll think of you!

Megan D

April 10, 2019

It's so hard to imagine you not being here anymore. I remember our first training at the fire department. We were both brand new to the department. You were so easy to get along with, and always had us laughing. I wouldn't have wanted to go through Fire School with anyone other than you, robert, and alex. We all trusted eachother and always had eachothers backs. Blake will never be alone in his memories and love for you because he is surrounded by so many people who will tell him stories of you.
I am so very sorry for your families loss.
I will always miss you my dear friend.

Devorah Mendoza

April 10, 2019

All my prayers for his family and for him. Always a wonderful boss, friend. and working parent.

Diesheena C

April 10, 2019

My birthday twin I will surely miss you and your crazy antics. I will miss our training room talks and your wild impersonations of everyone. You were so fun and such a wonderful soul. I wish I would have taking the time to tell you when you were here. My condolences to your family. 😢

Rilfa Gotdon

April 9, 2019

I worked with Cheryl at Moore Public Schools , she always shared the pictures and adventures her son was involved with. Then, when her grandson was born the love of a grandmother shined even stronger! I am so sorry for your loss, and my prayers of strength and peace in this time of need for you and your family.

Rilda Gordon

Jon Richardson

April 9, 2019

Kevin always had a smile. I always left a conversation with him feeling happy. We went to Scool together for many years and both shared our love for country and the Navy. He will be missed by many. My prayers are with you and your family.

Antonio Saldana

April 9, 2019


As i read this i am still in disbelief that this is the reality that is taking place right now. Though i have few memories with you I still thought of you as a great man. When i first made it to the ship i remember asking myself and others who that old wise cracking man was. I didn't know that wise cracking man would turn out to be a great friend. I already had a short fuse when i arrived but learning how to laugh and poke fun at each other was something i never thought i would learn from you. In my head i had a chip on my shoulder and had something to prove but i was far from proving anything the way i was and you let me know it, no filter. I remember attending one of our gun shoots and you talking crap to me the whole time i still passed to get qualified but i couldn't stop laughing at the same time. Every time you were around it no where near a dull moment. Always making people laugh and always having a smile on your face. I couldn't ever be upset with you around you wouldn't let me. For those small impactful moments i am most grateful. Through your influence i learned what it meant to have good company. I can't believe you are gone and we can't share a couple laughs together again. You and your family will be in my prayers and i wish you the best as you continue on your new journey. I know you loved your son and your family very much and i hope with our comments and support we can show them just how much you meant to us. One day i hope to get the chance to see you again but until then Thank you for your service as a fellow sailor, a mentor, and a friend. Rest in peace brother.


ET3 Saldana

Stefanie Goodwin

April 9, 2019

I don't know where to start. I have so many memories of you. Franklin, I promise you have really impacted my life and so many others in such a positive way. Honestly, you and the rest of the divison have been my rock through so much while growing into myself over these 10 years. I know our divison was one huge dysfunctional family, but you were always there for me when I needed to laugh, cry, advice, and having the patience with me trying to shoot (everyone knows I couldn't shoot a 9mm or m16 haha) or you helping me with life advice. You were tough on me, but it helped mold me into the person I am today. Thank you again Franklin for just being you. I will keep your family in my prayers, may you rest in peace Franklin.
Love always,