(1942–March 22, 2003) was mayor
of the city of Nepean, Ontario
from 1978 to 1997. Nepean became part of the city of Ottawa
in 2001.http://www.nepeanmuseum.ca/collection/index.php Nepean Museum
He was born in Elgin, Ontario
in 1942. He graduated from Carleton University
with a BA
in 1971 and became a high school geography teacher. In 1973, he was elected to Nepean council. In 1975, he ran unsuccessfully as the Liberal
candidate in the riding of Carleton
in the Ontario general election
. As mayor, Franklin established a "pay as you go" policy which brought the city out of debt. He retired in 1997 due to health problems. His executive assistant, Mary Pitt
, succeeded him as mayor of Nepean after running a campaign that promised to simply continue Franklin's vision.
He received an artificial heart
in March 2003 but died of heart failure
later that month at the age of 60.Ben Franklin Place
was named after him. He was the first person to be given an honorary key to the new city of Ottawa.