It is with an immense sadness that we are announcing the passing of Joseph Sporth Franklin on December 27, 2020 at the age of 77. Joseph Franklin died at 10:30 pm at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) after an intense battle with pancreatic cancer. Born and raised in Port-Salut (Haiti), son of Roland Franklin and of Léonide Maurice, Joseph Sporth Franklin leaves behind his wife Marie Marthe (Joachim), his children Johanne, Cedric (Jacqui), Yasminah and his grand-children Gabriel and Elysa. Joseph Sporth Franklin has always been an admirable and loving spouse of Marie Marthe during more than 48 beautiful years of marriage and a devoted father to his children and grand-children.
We also express our condolences to his brothers and sisters, Germa (her spouse Iliome Peyo and family), Eserchel (his spouse Micheline and family), Dr. Lorice Franklin (his spouse Donna and family), Roland Jr. (his spouse and family), Marie-Rose Tagla (her spouse José and family) and to his half-brothers, half-sisters and cousins.
Joseph Sporth Franklin graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Sciences majoring in molecular biology from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and later in 2000 with a Master of Arts in Social Sciences from the Faculté de théologie, d’éthique et de philosophie of the Université de Sherbrooke. Joseph Sporth Franklin dedicated his life to teaching. He taught in his homeland in Haiti and later in Central Africa in Libreville, capital of Gabon at the Lycée Technique Omar Bongo. He also worked as an Academic Adviser at the Institut pédagogique National (IPN) in Libreville (Gabon). After completing an assignment of 5 years in Gabon, he pursed his teaching career working with the First Nations of Canada. For more than 20 years, he taught to the students of the Inuit community of Great Whale (Poste de la Baleine) and of the Cree community of Waswanipi in Northern Quebec. He accepted with strong determination living far from his family in order to provide for his children’s education and advanced studies. He was always proud of his children’s accomplishments.
After a well-deserved retirement of 12 years next to his beloved spouse, Joseph Sporth
Franklin fought courageously this terrible illness. We want to thank the staff of the cancer and palliative care units of the CHUM for their great care, professionalism and compassion.
Close members of the family are invited to visitation on January 6, 2020 commencing at 9 :30 am at the funeral home Kane Fetterly located 5301 Decarie, Blvd, Montreal. However, due Covid-19 restrictions, only immediate family members will be present. Anyone wishing to participate in the funeral service can view it online at kanefetterly.qc.ca
IMPORTANT: Should there be issues with the live stream, a recorded version will be available for viewing at a later time.