WRENTHAM — Superintendent Paul Zinni and Principal Lisa Mobley are pleased to unveil a new bench, donated in honor of former student Francis “Chip” Faulkner.
The bench, located in the lobby of King Philip Regional High School, honors Chip, who passed away on May 24, 2019 after a 15-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Donations from friends and classmates were organized by Chip’s brother Donald and close friends Susan Skinner, Michael Richardson and Patricia Brodka.
The bench was built by Carl Evans, a Wrentham woodworker. The plaque was procured from the International Bronze Plaque Company in Florida.
Chip served as the senior class president of the Class of 1963 and was an active member of the community through extracurriculars, including sports, prom committee and dance committee. Upon graduating in 1963, Chip continued to serve the King Philip community by organizing class reunions every five years for 50 years. Chip was passionate about history and worked as a teacher in New York City. He was also a political advocate for limited taxation.
In addition to the bench, a $1,000 scholarship was awarded to a graduating senior in memory of Chip. The scholarship was awarded to a student, Benjamin Campanella, pursuing a career in history, political science or the teaching thereof.
“We are pleased to see King Philip alumni come together and commemorate the memory of a close friend,” Principal Mobley said. “This bench serves as a great reminder of their deep connection to our school community.”