Franklin W. Rider Sr.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 February 2020 at 10:06 am

Franklin RiderFranklin W. Rider Sr., 79, of Appleton, died Feb. 13, 2020, surrounded by his loving family at his son’s home, following a short illness. He was born Jan. 30, 1941 in Buffalo to John and Bernice (Beilfuss) Rider and lived in this area since 1953.

Franklin was a lifelong fruit farmer who enjoyed going to the casino, and he loved his animals. He had a special affinity for International Harvester tractors and shared that passion with his family and friends. Franklin was a family man who particularly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who affectionately referred to him as a “Prankster and a Gangster.”

Mr. Rider was predeceased by a brother, John; and a sister, Catherine Ribbeck.

He is survived by his sons, Franklin (Janice) Rider Jr. of Barker, Robert Rider of Lyndonville, and Randy (Cindy) Rider of Gasport; a daughter, Tina (Ron) Newman of Lockport; sisters, Mary LaJoie of Middleport, Roseann McKenczie of Lockport and Virginia (Doug) Piskorowski of Barker; seven grandchildren, Ryan, Cassandra, Shannon, Tanya, Franklin III, Brittany and Brandi; eight great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. Private services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport NY 14094; or to Barker Fire Department, 1660 Quaker Road, Barker NY 14012.

Franklin’s arrangements have been entrusted to Kenneth H. Sherrie Funeral Home, Newfane. To share a special memory of Franklin, please visit