Michael Franklin

Michael J. "Misha" Franklin

August 24, 1997 - August 4, 2020
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Michael J. “Misha” Franklin, 22, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. He was the beloved son of Christopher and Lenore (Melant) Franklin.

He was born in Moscow, Russia on August 24, 1997. Misha was raised in Westford and was a graduate of Westford Academy, Class of 2016. After high school, he owned and operated his own business in Westford, Systematics Inc., manufacturing electronic controls. Misha was not only an integral part of his family, he was instrumental in the running of the family businesses. He loved golfing and socializing with friends, family and meeting new people.. Friends would joke with him that it was like he was enjoying early retirement. As much as Misha hated formal schooling, he enjoyed watching historical and scientific documentaries and discussing what he had learned. He always had a smile on his face and could light up a room when he walked in. He was most known and loved for his generosity, helpfulness and a unique and wicked sense of humor. He could make you laugh until you cried, he was that funny. Misha was a cherished big brother and mentor to his younger sister. He was loved beyond belief by his parents.

In addition to his parents, Misha leaves his sister, Eliza Franklin of Westford, his paternal grandmother, Roberta Franklin of Cape Cod, his Aunts; Robin and her husband Bill Prout of Troy, NY, Jocelyn Lindquist and her husband Scott of Dover, NH, his Uncle, Paul Smith and his wife Julie of Winter Park, CO. He also leaves many cousins. Misha would not have been the man he was, if not for the support of his many friends, especially Jake Canalupo.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 pm to 7 pm at the BLAKE CHELMSFORD FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen St., CHELMSFORD. For the safety of all, social distancing measures will be in place and face coverings kindly required. Memorial donations may be made in Misha’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or
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    August 11, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    August 11, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home
    24 Worthen Street
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Funeral Services and Interment will be held privately.


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Susan Cancro

Posted at 10:28pm
I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your son. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain and sorrow you and your family are experiencing. I don’t know if you remember me from MHC, but after Debbie Huffman shared with me what happened I felt compelled to reach out to you. I am keeping you in my prayers and sending you my deepest condolences. You are in my thoughts and I hope through the support of your family and friends that you manage to get through these darkest days.

Sue Cancro MHC ‘81

Karen Ancas

Posted at 06:01pm
I wish I could share photos of Misha, but I have only few memories of him, as my daughter Lea Santos' friend. I remember him as a very brilliant light of hope and joy. I know he and Lea were from the same place of light and love. My heart is breaking over and over with this loss. I can only hope that Lea is waiting to fold her arms around Misha and guide him in his journey away from this earthly plane of suffering. Two beautiful lives have left this place too soon, leaving us with only the memories, which for me will never be enough. Sending the most sincere condolences and want to let you know I am here if you need me. ~ Karen Ancas Santos

Monica McCann

Posted at 11:55am
Dear Lenore, Chris and Leeza,
I will always remember Misha’s sweet smile and gentle disposition. I think of the quote, “The loss is immeasurable, but so is the love left behind.” You surrounded him with love. I am grateful for the time I had with him in his elementary school years. I am thinking of you and wish you peace. I hope you can draw strength from one another.
Monica McCann

Wendy Perry

Posted at 01:37pm
Lenore, Chris and Leeza,
I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Misha's smile and his warm personality. Know I am thinking of you all and I will remember Misha fondly.
Wendy Perry

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