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Clifford A. Franke, 73

Franke died in an accidental fire in his Riverside home.

Clifford A. Franke, of 114 Providence Ave., Riverside, died in an accidental fire in his East Providence home on Dec. 29, 2012. He was 73.

Franke was the husband of the late Linda G. (Forcier) Franke. Born in Fall River, Mass., he was a son of the late Alfred and Mary (Vital) Franke. He lived in Riverside for 43 years.

Franke was a union steward for the Pearson Yacht Co., Bristol, for 40 years before retiring in 2002. He 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, Mass.; 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, 2013, in the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 12 noon.

There are no calling hours, and flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 931 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 3004, Warwick, RI, 02886 would be appreciated.

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