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HERBERT E. BRANT III, MEDINA MAYOR, PROJECT ENGINEER FOR BENDERSON, DIES

Herbert E. Brant III, 45, the mayor of this Orleans County village, died Friday (Dec. 24, 1999) in his home after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born and raised in the Medina area, Brant graduated from Medina High School in 1972 and married Sharon Smith in 1974.

He was an alumnus of the University of Utah School of Engineering.

From 1974 to 1983, Brant and his wife lived in Salt Lake City, where he worked for the Palk City Sewer District. They returned to Medina in 1984.

Brant was a village trustee and a two-term mayor. As mayor, he was instrumental in upgrading Main and Center streets under the New York State highway improvement project. He was credited with bringing industry to Medina and recently bought the former Medina Savings and Loan property for office space for the village clerk and treasurer.

At the time of his illness and up to his death, Brant was a project engineer for Benderson Development Co. of Buffalo. Just before falling ill, he was named project manager for an 80-acre retail shopping center in Mays Landing, N.J., near Atlantic City. He had just completed the project before his death. He was well known in the construction industry as an accomplished site contractor.

He assumed his second term of office as mayor while in the throes of his debilitating disease, but it never stopped him from serving his community, his friends and associates said.

Brant would stop by the coffee shop on Main Street every day, talk with friends and get a feel for what was happening in the village, his associates said. He took great pride in being an American Indian and had registered status with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Medina, the Sacred Heart Society, the Knights of Columbus and the Porsche Car Club of America.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Steven; a daughter, Christina; his parents, Herbert E. and Joanne; a brother, Richard; and his stepfather, Thomas Kozlowski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary's Church, 211 Eagle St. Burial will be in Boxwood Cemetery.

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