Frank S. Nettleton

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MERIDEN Frank S. Nettleton, 87, of 102 Barberry Lane, passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at MidState Medical Center. He was the husband of the late Helen Thayer Nettleton. Born in Meriden on March 23, 1918, he was the son of the late Walter and Ruth Hubbard Nettleton. During World War II he served as a Motorcycle Military Police Officer in France and Germany. Until his retirement, he was employed as a research technician for United Technologies in East Hartford and was a member of St. Joseph Church. He was also a member of the Connecticut Horseless Carriage Club, the Antique Motorcycle Club of America and the Franklin Club. He was well known for his restoration of motorcycles, cars and trucks, including having been commissioned by the State of Connecticut to restore "The Hartford Seldon" motorcar. He is survived by a son and his wife, James and Caroann Nettleton of Meriden; a daughter and her husband, Sally Nettleton-Smilas and George Smilas of Haddam; two grandsons and their wives, James and Pamela Nettleton of Meriden and Marc and Jennifer Nettleton of Meriden; a great-granddaughter, Caroline Maggie Nettleton of Meriden (the light of his life); several nieces and nephews and his extended group of grandsons. He will be deeply missed by his family, especially his two grandsons, his two best buddies, who kept him going with "C'mon Gramps, time for a roadtrip." He was predeceased by a sister, Julia Falk and a brother, Russell Nettleton. A Mass of Christian burial will be Celebrated Wednesday, August l7, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Meriden. Burial with military honors will be in Middlefield Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beecher and Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. If desired. contributions in Mr. Nettleton's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Avenue, P.O. Box 1004, Meriden, CT 06450, or to the Disabled American Veterans, Meriden-Wallingford Chapter No. 6, 80 Hall Ave., Meriden, CT 06450.

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  1. A Master of his craft, a true friend and teacher of restoration skills, Frank was truly a fine man and friend. Dick Fellner

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