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Herbert Davenport Conant

September 27, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Herbert Davenport Conant, 89, who was born Feb. 24, 1924, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at his home in Cape Coral after a long, valiant struggle with kidney failure.

Born in Troy, N.Y., to Herbert S. Conant and Grace Davenport, he grew up in Bergen County, N.J., where he had been the captain of his football team, an Eagle Scout and later, scout troop leader. Fresh out of high school he became a Marine, serving in the South Pacific theatre of World War II where he earned two Purple Hearts.

Upon receiving his degree in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1950, he joined Turner Construction Company, which proved to be the start of a remarkable lifelong career. Beginning at line-and-grade, he rose to become president, CEO and chairman of the Turner Corporation, his positions at retirement. Along the way, he opened Turner's Cleveland office becoming responsible for much of that city's skyline today.

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Herbert Davenport Conant

As someone who lived fully, Mr. Conant was an avid boater, fisherman and scuba diver as well as world traveler with his devoted wife and constant companion of 26 years, Carolyn.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; and three children from his first marriage and their spouses, Kerry (Dave) Kelso, David Conant and Muriel (Greg) Garvey. His daughter Martha Brailsford predeceased him. He adopted his daughter, Michelle Kenton, during his second marriage. He will be missed by his grandchildren, Amanda, Cassandra, Jordan, Davey, Michael, Mathew and Malcolm.

He will be remembered for and will continue to inspire his loved ones by his profound strength of character, keen intellect and zest for life. A remembrance will be held Wednesday, Nov. 27, in Cape Coral for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, 8771 College Parkway, Suite 201, Fort Myers, FL 33919, or online at

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