WHITE RIVER JCT. —A memorial service will be held at the Charles Wilder Center in Wilder at 11 a.m. on May 16 for Frank E. Kenison, 86, who died May 6, at his home with his family by his side. Visiting hours will be held at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct. on Thursday, May 15 from 6-8 p.m.
Frank was born June 16, 1927 in North Conway, New Hampshire, a son of Frederick Damon and Sarah Ellen (Kennedy) Kenison.
He spent much of his youth moving around, while his father made a career in the military. He graduated from Kennett High School in North Conway, New Hampshire. After high school, Frank served aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer during World War II. He returned to New England where he graduated from Springfield College and then went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Frank taught and coached at Brattleboro Union High School where he began his long and distinguished career as a high school administrator and served as assistant principal at BUHS for 16 years. While in Brattleboro he also worked at the Vernon Hydro Electric Plant during his summer breaks.
In 1972 Frank moved with his family to White River Junction where he served as principal at Hartford High School retiring in 1989.
While making his home in White River Jct., he enjoyed serving his community. He was actively involved in the White River Rotary Club, the Vermont Principals Association, served on the boards of the Windsor-Orange County Credit Union and the Bugbee Senior Center. Always working for the benefit of others, he served for years as a member of the Vermont Reparative Probation Program.
Making friends and family his priority, Frank enjoyed life to the fullest. He spent his retirement traveling, attending sporting events, recreating with his golfing crew, fishing and relaxing at his vacation home in Island Pond.
He is survived by his children Carol Snow and her husband John of Charlotte, James Kenison and his wife Nancy of Woodstock, Ruthellen Greene and her husband Joseph of Barre, Sarah Lemieux and her husband John of White River Jct., and Heidi Graham and her husband Nathan of North Yarmouth, Maine; two stepsons Geoffrey Perkins of Housatonic, Massachusetts and Christopher Perkins of Sheffield, Massachusetts; 18 grandchildren, a great-grandchild on the way; a brother Damon F. Kenison and his wife Judy of Boscowen, New Hampshire; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Ann (Pearce) Kenison after 50 years of marriage, and his second wife Janet (McGowan) Kenison as well as his brother Charles A. Kenison.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Frank Kenison Scholarship Fund, c/o White River Rotary, PO Box 1189, White River Jct. 05001.
Condolences may be made to Frank’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
This obituary first appeared in the May 15, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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