Frank W. Eddleston – North Smithfield

Frank W. Eddleston – North Smithfield

Frank W. Eddleston, 94, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2018, at the Saint Antoine Residence, North Smithfield.

He was son of the late Frank and Grace (Mealey) Eddleston. He was the beloved husband of the late Elsie (MacKinnon) Eddleston, and father of Sandra (Eddleston) Farnum and her husband, Jonathan K. Farnum; Linda E. Eddleston, and Gail C. Eddleston. He was the younger brother of Earl B. Eddleston.

Born in Cumberland, R.I., he attended Woonsocket schools before entering the U.S. Navy in 1942 soon after World War II started. He served on battleships and destroyers, and was a proud recipient of the Presidential Unit Citation for distinguished service in operations against submarines.

After the war, he lived in Cranston where he and Elsie raised their family. He worked for the jewelry manufacturing industry in R.I. At National Chain Co., he apprenticed as a toolmaker and chain machine operator. He worked at Armbrust Chain Co., starting as a toolmaker and then as a supervisor. He was employed at National Chain as plant supervisor, and at Sweet Mfg. in Mansfield, Mass., he started as Vice President and retired as President in 1983.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed boating, swimming, skiing, snowmobiling, square-dancing, golfing and riding his Harley. For over 25 years, he wintered in Vero Beach, Fla. He was rarely without a dog by his side or on his lap. He enjoyed a Manhattan when dining out or an afternoon cocktail of Canadian Mist over ice.

In addition to his daughters and brother, he leaves a large and beloved family: grandchildren Robert Eddleston, Heather Riley, Erica Tschirley, David Farnum, Sara Stein, Amy Walsh, Lori Gilchrist, and Jessica Mihalko; great-grandchildren Evan, Heidi, Holly, Michael, Harrison, Elsie, Avery, Mia, Nicholas, Jackson, and Benjamin. He was also the step-grandfather of Elisabeth Farnum and Polly Fraga and step-great grandfather of Simone, Elise, Sophia, Jonathan and Luke.

He was also married to the late Judith (Rogers) Eddleston, and they happily resided in Sunapee, N.H. He was step-father of Lisa Robles, Gregory Purrier, and Susan Stanganelli. He was step-grandfather of Alexandria, Nicholas, Alisha, Emma and Sophia. Later in life he was the dear companion of the late Rose Marie Rogers, of Wynantskill, N.Y. He was predeceased by his brother John L. Eddleston, and two infant great-granddaughters Grace and Isabel.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held on Saturday, March 10, at the Highland Memorial Park Chapel Mausoleum, 1 Rhode Island Ave., Johnston, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Saint Antoine Residence, 10 Rhodes Ave., North Smithfield, RI 02896, would be most appreciated.

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