Frank Conte


With deep sadness we announce the passing of Frank Conte of Ballston Spa, NY on June 22, 2020. Frank was born on October 29, 1940 in Ballston Spa, NY; he graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 1958. He then served in the U.S. Air Force and attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He was employed in various capacities by the State of New York for 34 years, most recently as a Management Analyst for the Department of Environmental Conservation.

He is the beloved father of Jennifer Stevens and Christofer Conte (Melissa) and was a proud “Papa” to his adored grandsons Nicholas Frank and Anthony Christofer who were the joy of his life. He shared many years of happiness with his cherished life partner of 27 years, Diane Lawrence. He was a brother to Richard (Arlene) Conte and dear uncle and godfather to Rachael Conte Naglestad (Markus), Michele Conte Waalkes (Michael), Mark Conte (Cindy), Douglas Conte, and several great nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by brothers Joseph Conte (June) and Bartolo Conte.

Frank’s gentle, thoughtful ways made him well-loved by all who met him. His passions were the mountains and spending time in nature. He and Diane hiked and traveled all over the world.

His interests included music; each year attending the Jazz Festival and the classical performances at SPAC, literature, photography, archeology and old movies. He enjoyed practicing Tai Chi, having adventures with his grandchildren and spending time with loved ones. He was a shining light and anchor for all his family; he will be missed profoundly. He is loved deeply.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Thursday, June 25 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and masks will be required per CDC guidelines. A private burial will be held at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. A memorial celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to the Adirondack Mountain Club, 814 Goggins Road, Lake George, NY 12845, www.adk.org , WMHT, 4 Global View, Troy, NY 12180-8375, www.wmht.org , or Doctors without Borders, www.doctorswithoutborders.org

With an excerpt from one of his favorite poems, we say goodbye for now:

“Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.” -Mary Oliver

Guest Book

Laurel Dunn

Chris and Family,

I loved reading about your Dad's love of the mountains and nature and of course his family. The poem was beautiful. I am so sorry for your family's loss. Chris, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Laurel

Skip and Ellie

Jennifer and Cris, We are saddened to hear of your dad’s passing.
Your description of his thoughtful and gentle ways are how I remember him. It’s a beautiful tribute to your dad.
Know that you are in our hearts and prayers.❤️

John Cimino

So sorry to you Jennifer and your family.

I know I only met your dad a few times at the farm, but there are certain rare people in life that have a way about them that in no time you can feel you are with a special human being - I felt that way about your dad right away. We immediately spoke about hiking and the outdoors like we had known each other for years. He reminded me a lot of my own dad who I lost a few years back and while it is hard, we must be thankful to be the lucky ones who had such loving and endearing fathers in our lives.

May he rest in peace.

John Cimino

Elizabeth Premo

My heart is so sad. I’m blessed to have known Frank throughout the many years of friendship between our sons. He was always a gentle and kind man. My love and prayers go out to Christopher, Melissa and their beautiful boys, to Frank’s beautiful daughter Jennifer and to his love Diane. You are all in my heart as I know he will always be in yours. ❤️

Fran LaBelle and Kariann Deno

Dear Jennifer and family,
We are heart-broken for you, knowing only a little of what you battled throughout these many months.
Your father -- and you can tell you are his daughter by the photo -- was clearly proud of you and you justified his pride by your love and your loyalty through this ordeal.
May your grief pass quickly and your minds and hearts recall happy times and the lessons of love and family that clearly he instilled in you.
God bless you all and may he rest in peace.
Love,
Fran and Kariann

Greg Stevens

You will be missed Frank. You served our country, were a great father to all. You and I will have our moment together again someday. God has one good man with him now, but you'll be sorely missed here. My prayers are with your family and friends left here. RIP, and thank you.

Michele Conte Waalkes

Frank was a gentle, sensitive soul. He loved and cared for all those he met. I have fond memories of Frank from childhood when he lived with us in Georgia and Maryland. He taught me to ride a bike by running while holding onto the bike as I learned. Frank babysat my brother and I and was always very patient with all of our antics! He was like an older brother to me. Any time I called on him for assistance he was a wealth of knowledge and support. It was a blessing to me to have Frank as an uncle!

Thomas Cutbush

Please know, Jen and Chris, that you’re both in my thoughts and prayers these days. Be well...

Janice Cutbush

Chris and Jennifer-I’m so sorry for your loss. From what I knew he was an awesome father and man. Sending blessings and peace.

Carrie Cunningham

Family of Frank,
He was a wonderful person. Try to remember the good times you had with him. He will then put a smile on your face. God bless all of you. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Alan & Carrie

Suzanne Jaynes

I only got to meet Frank once, but it’s clear that he was an amazing father. His light shines on through his children and grandchildren. Prayers to Jennifer and the rest of the Conte family.

Marco

This is such a touching tribute to a wonderful man and human. Though it had been a few years since I saw Frank, I remember his happy demeanor and great smile the last time our paths crossed. My heart and prayers go out to Christofer and Jennifer. It is hard to look at the end of life as a blessing but sometimes it's the only way for peace. Cherish all of the good memories and talk of them often. God bless.