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Francis J. Rawling

Obituary for Francis J. Rawling

July 14, 2021
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Francis J. Rawling passed away on July 14, 2021 at the age of 93. Beloved husband of the late Kathryn E. Rawling (nee Eastland); loving father of Richard Rawling, Gloria Harrison (Fred), Mark Rawling (Stacy) and the late Francis, Jr. and Gregory Rawling; cherished grandfather of Francis (Becky), Jennifer, Matthew, Brian, Stephen, Shannon, Chase, Madison, Liam, Logan, the late Maryanne and great-grandfather of Brooke; dear brother of John Rawling and the late Albert, Harrold, Marie, Margaret, Nancy, Eleanor and Joseph. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Francis was a proud veteran who served in the United States Army and shared his experiences with anyone who would listen. He was an avid fisherman who fulfilled his passion through working at Penn Fishing Reels for 45 years. After retirement, he went on to take a part-time position at Holy Redeemer Hospital's fitness center where he was greatly admired by his colleagues and members. He officially retired 15 years later and devoted his time to his wife, scratch-off tickets, and coffee (black, just a pinch of cream). Francis enjoyed taking his wife shopping at the Neshaminy Mall and eating lunch at Cafe Riviera. During the Summer, he could be found on his son Richard's boat in Wildwood, New Jersey or at the annual Atlantic City Airshow. He also loved visiting the Conowingo Dam with Francis, Jr. Above all, Francis was a dedicated family man who loved his family unconditionally. He always brought everyone together at his house for holidays or special occasions. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and neighbors on Pine Road.

Relatives and friends are invited to Francis' Life Celebration on Monday, July 19th, beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by his Funeral Service, 10:30 a.m., at John F. Givnish Life Celebration Home, 10975 Academy Rd., Phila. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

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