Milton Craig Francis Jr., who had a career in engineering, died unexpectedly at his Pocasset home on September 17. Mr. Francis, 65, was known as Brud.
Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Milton Craig Francis Sr. and Ruth E. Francis.
His early education was at Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton. Upon graduation, he entered University of Massachusetts–Lowell where he earned bachelor and master of science degrees in polymer and plastics engineering. He went on to earn a master of business administration from Boston University mid-career as he moved into executive roles.
His professional work spanned four decades taking him throughout the United States, across Europe, and into the Far East. Mr. Francis started his career as an engineering manager with BIC Corporation. He was continually recruited to positions of increasing responsibility, taking on plant manager roles at Crown Holdings, Inc., Rexam, PLC, PCC, and Mauser Packaging Solutions. He also held leadership positions as director of operations at both Rexam and Sonoco.
Mr. Francis was widely recognized as a thought leader in the injection molding field and frequently provided training and instruction to global manufacturers on leading industry practices.
In his youth he spent summers on Buzzards Bay and winters in Vermont. He had an appreciation for the outdoors and engaged in boating, fishing, hunting and skiing.
In addition to his father, he leaves his wife of 42 years, Vickie B. Francis; a son, Scott M. Francis; a sister, Ketha Lasalle; and other family.
A private celebration of his life is planned for this fall.