August 10, 2005
by KATIE SABATINO
Fenton Art Glass was a flurry of activity Wednesday as shoppers
tried their best to buy that perfect piece, but underneath the
surface is a feeling of loss and sadness as the company workers
remember the life of Frank Fenton, who passed away Tuesday
"First and most of all he was a great friend," says Anna Stull, a
Fenton employee for 27 years.
Frank Fenton was president of the company for 40 years since 1948.
Workers say he was most well known for his compassion, wisdom and
good deeds that he continued almost to the day he died.
"He was a great leader in the community of Williamstown. He's done
so many things that people don't even know about," says working
foreman, Ron Dick.
Workers say he was just one of the people, and always made them
feel like equals.
Stull says she will always remember the last time she saw Mr.
"During the celebration he came over in a van and I got to wave to
him and tell him hi and that I loved him. I wish I could have
spent more time with him," she says.
For Stull and many others, Mr. Fenton was more a father figure
than a boss. The Fenton family declined to go on camera, but did
give their thoughts on his death.
"It will be the simple things that will stand out to me. He was
very wise and always trying to teach you something," says Scott
Fenton, Frank's grandson.
"At this point the family is celebrating his accomplishments in
his life. I think he was ready for this to happen," says George
Fenton, Frank's son and now company president.
And now, even though Frank Fenton is gone, he leaves behind a
legacy of love and leadership for others to look up to
Visitation hours will be at the Williamstown First United
Methodist Church this Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday 10-noon.
The memorial will be held Saturday at 2 p.m.
The family is asking that donations be made to the First United
Methodist Church instead of flowers.