SALISBURY - Harold Linwood "Pudge" Conant, age 77, died Friday, December 28, 2012, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.
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Mr. Conant was born in Salisbury on May 8, 1935. He was the son of Harold H. "Joe" and Millicent (Wimett) Conant. He grew up in Salisbury where he received his early education, and graduated from Middlebury High School, class of 1953. Following his education, he joined the United States Army and served in Iceland. He was selected and served as a member of the Honor Guard, at Fort Myer, Virginia, for military funerals in Arlington National Cemetery, and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Salisbury and established the Harold L. Conant Trucking & Excavating Co. He had served as the road commissioner for the Town of Salisbury for over 30 years. He later managed the Salisbury Landfill. He had served as a selectman for the town, as well as a member of the zoning board. He retired in 1997. Mr. Conant was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting. He loved to explore, go touring, and was an avid reader, who enjoyed old Western movies. He was a gentleman of high integrity, business drive and love for his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Surviving is his son, Joseph Patrick Conant of Salisbury, and three daughters, Nicole Linn Conant, Shaune Sullivan Conant and Stephanie Suzanne Conant, all of Boston; a brother, Norbert P. Conant of Salisbury. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive him. He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Clifton, a sister, Maxine Desautels; and his former wife and mother of his children, Noreen Sullivan Conant.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 10 a.m., at the Salisbury Congregational Church. The Rev. Richard White, pastor of the Brandon Congregational Church, will officiate. The graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will take place at a later date in Meadowinds, the family cemetery in Salisbury.
Friends may call at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Friday, January 5, 2013, from 3-6 p.m.
Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be made in his memory to The Salisbury Historical Society, c/o Barry Whitney, President, PO Box 40, Salisbury, VT 05769; or to the Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Gary Smith, Chief, PO Box 22, Salisbury, VT 05769.
Published in Rutland Herald from Dec. 30, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013