Roy Eugene Cant
Published 1:42 pm, Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Born Aug. 15, 1933, in Zion, Ill., the Orange resident was the son of the late Roy L. and Ethel Cant, and grew up on a farm in Solon, Iowa. He was awarded the Outstanding Performance Award for trumpet solo by the Iowa High School Music Association, and played other musical instruments. He attended Boy's State and was in the marching band in the Honor Guard at the presidential inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower. He also played Taps for military services. He graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.
He served in the U.S. Army as a member of the military police. He later worked in sales and marketing for McKesson & Robbins, Bristol Myers and E.R. Squibb in the Midwest and New York. He opened Class Printing in Fairfield in 1973 and had continued to run the business.
During his presidency of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, he helped to establish the Visual Improvement Program, and worked to expand chamber activities and membership. He was awarded the Harold Harris Award for contributions to the town and chamber. He also was a member of the Fairfield Rotary Club, where he had served as president and also as chairman of the Rotary Foundation Golf Tournament for 25 years. He was chairman of the Fairfield Host Families Program for the Special Olympics World Games, and served on the "Gift of Life" program that helps children survive serious illnesses. He received the Paul Harris Award from Rotary, the Norman Parsells Memorial Club Fellowship Award and the Bridgeport Dental Association Outstanding Citizen Award. He helped establish Clasp Homes and he served the organization's as vice president. He also served on the Board of Family Services Woodfield and was a member of Racebrook Country Club in Orange. At the time of his death, he was a member of the town of Orange Sewer Commission.
Survivors include a daughter, Kyle (Brian) Buckley and grandchildren Meaghan and Timothy of Loveland, Colo.; a son, Michael Cant of Guilford; a daughter, Susan (Stephen) Lackey and grandson Jason of Norwalk; daughter Beth (Francis) Devenny and granddaughters Kimberly and Sarah of Easton, Md., and son, Christopher (Terri) Rieke and grandchildren Lindsey, Kaitlyn and Ryan of Aiken, S.C.; a sister, Doralee Crews and her husband Joseph, and their children, Richard T. Crews, Constance Weller and her husband Samuel; Cynthia Smith, and Jeffery A. Crews and his wife Gloria; and several great nieces and great nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Donald Cant, and a grandson, Brian Buckley Jr.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fairfield Rotary Foundation, c/o Walter Leask, P.O. Box 411, Fairfield, CT 06824. Arrangements are being handled by the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road. For information or to sign an online guest register, visit www.spearmillerfuneralhome.com.