Frank Priest Conant, 98, of Easthampton died Wednesday March 2nd, in his home. He was born October 28, 1917 in Littleton, MA. the son of the late Harold W. and Dorothy Priest Conant. He was a graduate of Williston Academy class of 1935 and Wesleyan University class of 1939. He was Vice President of International Operations for the United Elastic Corporation retiring in 1969, then becoming a Trust Officer at the First National Bank of Northampton retiring in 1977.
Frank served in the army during WWII; a Massachusetts National Guard member federalized one day after Pearl Harbor. He served for the duration of the war, five years to the day, attaining the rank of major. He was a member of Southampton Congregational Church, UCC serving as a church leader in various capacities. He was a trustee of Williston Academy and Williston-Northampton School in Easthampton, Ferrum College in Virginia and Childs Park in Northampton. He served on numerous Southampton school and building committees and the Cemetery Commission. He was also a member of the American Legion, Franklin Harvest Club and Easthampton Rotary Club. He was the author of several local historical books including “God’s Steward” a history of Williston Academy.
Frank was predeceased by wife Jessie Phillips Conant who died in 1944 and by wife Ruby Bowlin Conant who died in 2002. He is survived by two sons Dale B. Conant of Martinsburg, WVA; John W. Conant (Sally) of South Deerfield, and two daughters Ann C. Leatherman (Stephen) of Indianapolis, IN and the Rev. Mary P. Conant (Robin) of Sunol, CA., six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by two sisters Elizabeth C. Cook and Lucy H. Conant.
A memorial service with military honors will be held Tuesday March 8, at 2 pm at the Southampton Congregational Church. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Camp Fleur de Lis, 120 Howeville Road, Fitzwilliam, NH 03447 or Edwards Public Library, 30 East Street, Southampton, MA 01073
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