Benedict Conte

Benedict Conte, 56, passed away June 29, 2013, doing what he did best – helping others.

He resided in St. Johnsville.

He was born December 15, 1956, in Utica, N.Y., the son of Giacomo and Mary Conte.

He was a 1974 graduate of JFK High School, Utica, he received an associate’s degree from SUNY Cobleskill and his bachelor’s and master’s in agricultural education from the University of Arizona.

Ben worked for St. Johnsville Central School for 13 years as the agricultural teacher. There he ran a very successful FFA program which included about 100 students. He was awarded the Montgomery County Agricultural Teacher of the Year Award. He then worked at HFM BOCES, Johnstown as the Environmental/Conservation teacher from 1995 to present.

Ben will be remembered by his loving family and friends as a giving, caring man. He was the Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School Board of Education President, a current member of the OESJ School Board, a volunteer for Ephratah hunters safety courses, and still involved in the NY State FFA program. He has influenced many of his past and present students and will be greatly missed by them. Ben was a lifetime teacher and learner. He will play a great part in our lives forever.

Ben is survived by his wife, Deborah; daughter, Angeline Conte; son, Giacomo Conte; son, Eric (Rene) Barnes; son, Chad (Jessica) Barnes; grandsons, Dylan, Tyler, and Braeden Barnes; sister, Maria (Brion) McIntosh; niece, Audry; mother-in-law, Dorothea Sullivan; father-in-law, Sherman Rockwell; and numerous other wonderful family members.

Ben was predeceased by his parents, Giacomo and Mary Conte; his aunt and uncle, Alex and Kay Juhasz; father-in-law, Lorraine Sullivan; and several other special family members.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, July 8, at the Ottman Funeral Home, 22 Church Street, Cherry Valley, with the Rev. Lyman Johnson officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon preceding the service.

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Contributions in Mr. Conte’s name may be made to the FFA Mohawk Valley, OESJ Central School, 44 Center Street, St Johnsville, NY or the South Minden Vol. Fire Dept., 1029 State Hwy. 163, Fort Plain, NY 13339.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, N.Y.