In Memory

Robert Rixon Frampton

Robert Rixon Frampton

Rick passed away suddenly on April 20, 2014 after a series of health problems. More detail will be provided when available. Condolences may be sent to his wife Sheila at 1567 Tumbleweed Way, Olivehurst CA 95961

Beloved father, veteran, skilled cook

Robert “Rick” Frampton of Olivehurst, California died at his home on April 20, 2014. He was 71.

Rick was born in Los Angeles on February 20, 1943 to Robert C. Frampton (CHS 1928 -
 and May Frampton of Claremont. He was raised in Claremont, graduating from Claremont High School in 1961. He served in the United States Navy and, after his service, worked as a cook for many years.

While Rick was growing up, his father, affectionately known as Bob, was a local legend. The elder Mr. Frampton was a pioneer in aerial photography. Bob also “documented the history of the growing city of Claremont and surrounding communities,” according to a memorial post on the website of the Claremont High School Alumni Society.

The Honnold Library houses an extensive collection of Robert C. Frampton’s work, including scenic shots of mountains, architecture and businesses in and around Claremont. Rick also edited a book about his parents’ years at Florence Lake, filled with photographs they took, and donated copies to the Claremont Library as well as the Honnold Library.  

Rick’s mother, May, was a housewife and helped her husband with their photography business. The Frampton family came to Claremont in 1897 when Mendal Frampton, Rick’s grandfather, became the first professor of English at Pomona College. He subsequently headed the English department for over 40 years.

Rick was an avid outdoorsman and was a loving husband, father, grandpa and friend. He will be deeply missed, family shared.

Rick is survived by his beloved wife, Sheila; by his sons, Randall and Matt; by his daughter, Candi; by his son-in-law, Ramon, and by his daughter-in-law Daniell. He also leaves his grandchildren, Joel, Julius, Carissa and Ethan.

At Rick’s request, services and interment are private. Sierra View Mortuary in Olivehurst is assisting the family with arrangements.  

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04/22/14 11:38 AM #1    

Janet R. Pearson

Dear Shiela,

Your husband always reached out to his classmates and showed compassion for all.   Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family. 

Janet Pearson


04/22/14 11:47 AM #2    

Ken Johnson (CHS '63)

Dear Sheila

As you know Rick and I were close friends and went way back.  I'm shocked to hear of his sudden passing and want you to know that you meant everything in his life.  Call me if I can be of any help in this very difficult time.  I still haven't sent that painting you saw.  If you wish so, I'll send it to you.



04/22/14 12:00 PM #3    

Ron Werner

So sad another one of "us" has gone away. I enjoyed conversations in recent years with Rick, rest in peace Rick and God Bless Your Family.

04/22/14 07:03 PM #4    

Jane-Ellen (Janie) Tibbals

Sheila, my thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Rick was so good at keeping in touch; much better than I am. Be kind to yourself and remember what a special person he was.

Janie Tibbals

04/22/14 08:09 PM #5    

Neal Brookman


Sue and are so sorry to hear about Rick.  I am especially shocked to hear of his passing as it seems it wasn't long ago that I spoke with him and, as always, we had another good conversation.  I know he was happy to converse with so many of his classmates.  Please accept our condolences.

Neal & Sue Brookman

04/26/14 05:05 PM #6    

Sandra Grady (Cavenaugh)

It is difficult for me to think about talking to someone and three days later, they are gone.  Sheila, Rick always spoke so highly of you...and your children.  And he adored the grandchildren and was so proud of that new baby.  I am so very sorry in your loss..and ours.

04/27/14 12:11 PM #7    

Ron Devlin

Last Sunday the power went out for about an hour; the internet and landline phones did not

come back until mid-day Monday.  Due to long workdays the notice of Rick's passing was

not received until early Wednesday am.

           Rick and I ran in different circles and classes never communicating much back then.

With the advent of the CHS website he began reaching out and would call usually Saturday

mornings.  We would talk about the old stuff back in the day and fill me in on what other

mutual friends were doing.  It was like having a time-machine;  you could be back in the

early sixties in just a couple of minutes.  It's hard to describe how important those calls

and words of encouragement were.   Over time  I began to regard Rick as my New  Old-

Friend;  I can only hope that he felt the same way.  Now another friend is gone: there will

be no more tomorrows but his friendship and memory will remain alive in my heart.

Farewell my friend, you are greatly missed; be with God   Ron Devlin

04/27/14 12:13 PM #8    

Sue Clanton (Holtz)

Dear Sheila,

I was so saddened and shocked to hear about Rick's passing.  I didn't really know Rick until just a few years ago when he commented on a photo I posted on this website (I attended CHS my Senior year for only 6 months).  He shared many photos of him and you, your cruises to Alaska, his parents' first home in the mountains, and his grandchildren, whom he loved so dearly.  He was clearly a family man, and was such a dear person.  I'll always remember him as a kind and giving man, loved by many. I know you will miss him terribly, and so will we.    

May God bless you,

Sue Holtz

05/01/14 12:59 PM #9    

Connie Gallardo (Miller)

Dear Sheila,

So so sorry to hear about Rick.... We just spoke on the phone last month.  We talked a lot about Rock Creek Lake and the area where he spent alot of time as a boy with his family.  My husband and I go there every year and he talked about the two of you joining us sometime.. he'd say "maybe this year"... Since I'm a nurse we talked a lot about his health problems.  I know he loved life and loved his family deeply.  I am sending you love and a BIG HUG!   Your husband was a very special man and will be missed by many.


Connie Gallardo Miller

Class of 1961

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