ELLSWORTH – Franklin Lord Beal, 88, died March 23, 2004, at an Ellsworth hospital with his family at his side. He was born March 13, 1916, in Ellsworth, the son of Fred W. and Ruth E. (Lord) Beal. Franklin was devoted to his family and the family business. He enjoyed his travels with his wife, Norma, and spending time at their cottage on George’s Pond and their home in Florida. He loved sports and was an avid golfer. Franklin graduated in 1935 from Husson College. In 1988, he was inducted into the Husson College Athletic Hall of Fame for basketball and baseball. From 1935-1939, Franklin worked as a bookkeeper for the Bar Harbor Motor Co. He then worked as a postal worker for the U.S. Postal Service in Ellsworth for several years. From 1941-1946, he served in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre after which he was discharged as a First Lieutenant. Franklin was president of Fred W. Beal, Inc., a family owned fuel oil and appliance business which operated from 1947-1975. In 1975, it was sold to Dead River Co. During the same time period he built and operated Beal’s Mobile Station on High Street in Ellsworth, which he sold in 1984 to R. H. Foster, Inc. From 1972-1973, he purchased and operated the Bar Harbor Motor Co., Ellsworth. In 1973, he sold it to D. W. Small & Sons. He was a director of the Union Trust Co. for many years. He served as a trustee of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and was a past member of the finance committee. He was also a trustee for the Black House and served for several years on the Ellsworth City Council. Franklin was very community minded and was a past member of the following organizations and associations, he was a long time member and treasurer of the Ellsworth Rotary Club, where he was recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow, a past member of the Maine Oil Dealers Association, the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce, Lygonia Masonic Lodge No. 40, A.F.&A.M., Acadia Chapter No. 31, R.A.M., Blanquefort Commandery No. 013, Knights Templar, the Anah Shrine of Bangor, and the Hancock County Shrine Club. He is survived by two daughters, Bette B. Pierson and husband, Frank, and Margie B. Nichols, all of Ellsworth; two grandsons, Jon Nichols and wife, Loretta, of Hancock, and David Nichols of Ellsworth; one granddaughter, Melissa Leyendecker and husband, Dustin, of Hancock; several nieces and nephews, including Richard Beal of Cranberry Isle, and Thelma Beal of Ellsworth. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Norma (Goodwin) Beal, in August 1996; and a brother, Frederick Beal, June 22, 1999. Friends are invited to call from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 25, 2004, at Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth, where funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday. Interment will be at Woodbine Cemetery, Ellsworth. Those who desire may make contributions in Franklin’s memory to Meals for Me, Meadow View Apartments, Tweedie Lane, Ellsworth, ME 04605 or the Husson Scholarship Fund, care of Director of Financial Aid, Husson College, 1 Cottage Circle, Bangor, ME 04401.