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Frank Fenton Passes

 

August 9, 2005

 

By DENISE ALEX

WTAP News, Parkersburg, WV


Just days after Fenton Art Glass celebrated its 100th anniversary, Tuesday night the company is mourning the loss of one of its own.

Frank Fenton passed away this afternoon at the age of 89.

Fenton was a pioneer for the famed art glass company. He was a historian, past president and past chairman of the board for the Williamstown company.

Williamstown Mayor Jean Ford says Frank Fenton was one of her dearest friends and such a gentleman.

She added that everywhere she looks in Williamstown she sees something he helped create.

Recently Mr. Fenton donated 25-thousand dollars to develop Fenton Park on land he donated to the City of Williamstown.

His son, George Fenton, the current president of Fenton Art Glass, says his father's leadership, advice and humor will be greatly missed and that Mr. Fenton had a love for life and the family business.

Frank Fenton battled several ailments in his later years.

Visitation will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Williamstown Friday night from 6:00 to 8:00 and Saturday morning from 10:00 to 12:00.

A memorial service will be held at the church Saturday afternoon at 2:00.

 

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