Reading – Two former Reading police officers have passed away last Friday.
Walter R. Franklin, Sr., 63, of Rockport, a familiar face around the Reading police department for over 30 years passed away on Friday, January 6. Robert Marchand, 84, who retired from the Reading police force, passed away in Plymouth, NH, the same day.
Franklin grew up in Reading, the son of the late Helen (Ross) Franklin and Paul A. Franklin, Sr.
After graduating from Reading Memorial High School, he joined the United States Navy in 1967 and was stationed in South Carolina. Until his honorable discharge in 1970, Walter defended the country’s South Eastern coastline aboard a wooden naval mine-sweeper.
He later earned an associate degree from Middlesex Community College and a Bachelor degree in Criminology and Security from Northeastern University.
A patrolman for three decades, Walter retired from the Reading Police Department in 2003. Throughout his time on the force, he mentored several young officers including the current Reading Police Chief, James Cormier.
He was president of the patrolman's union for several years. He began his career briefly with the Rockport Police Department in 1974.
Marchand was born in Medford, the son of Wilfred and Esther (Strout) Marchand. After graduation from high school he joined the US Coast Guard.
Upon returning from his military service he became a police officer in Reading. Upon his retirement in 1981 he and his family moved to NH.
Full obituaries for both mencan be found on Page A14 of tonight’s edition.