NEWINGTON - Franklin Howe Fiske, 94, died Friday, June 24, 2005, at Pine Rock Manor in Warner. He was the husband of the late Dr. Oma C. Fiske.
Born in Greenfield, Mass., on April 25, 1911, he was the son of the late Edwin R. and Myrabel (Gould) Fiske.
He was a graduate of the following schools: Greenfield (Mass.) High School (1929), Deerfield (Mass.) Academy (1930), University of Massachusetts (B.S., 1936), and University of Michigan (M.S.P.H., 1937). During his early career as a public health officer, he was employed for the city of Ann Arbor, Mich., and the U.S. Public Health Service, stationed at the Connecticut and D.C. health departments. During World War II, he served as director of field sanitation and environmental health at the refugee camp in El Shatt, Egypt. There he met his wife, and they were married in Cairo, Egypt. After the war, he continued his career at the: Jefferson County, Ky.; city of Denver, Colo.; Allegheny County, Pa.; and state of Pennsylvania departments of health and environmental resources.
Starting in 1977, he enjoyed his long retirement in Maine and New Hampshire. He took great pleasure being able to ski until almost 92 years old with family and friends in such places as New England, Colorado, Utah, Canada, and New Zealand. He was a constant fan of both his grandsons? many sport teams through the years, including baseball, basketball, soccer, and especially lacrosse. He also enjoyed sailing along the New Hampshire coast and was able to take several cruises to Casco Bay and the Virgin Islands. He became a beekeeper and provided honey to friends and family. He was the 1930 class representative for Deerfield Academy for many years.
His family would like to thank the staff at Compass Care in Portsmouth and Pine Rock Manor in Warner for providing him with wonderful care during this past year of declining health.
Survivors include: daughters Sally Ann Fiske of Baltimore, Md., and Jane Ellen Hislop and her husband, Albert S.; two grandsons, Daniel H. and Andrew W. of Newington; his oldest sister, Josephine Fiske of Baltimore, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on July 17, 2005, at the Newington Town Church. A graveside ceremony will take place later at Pine Mountain, Ky., at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Franklin H. Fiske?s memory may be made to Compass Care Adult Day Care, Portsmouth, NH; or to Berea College in Berea, Ky. Arrangements by J. Verne Wood Funeral Home of Portsmouth