LCDR Francis A. Conery, III, died peacefully in his sleep on 20 April 2016 at his home in Manchester, NH. The son of Frank A. Conery and Ethel McGee Conery, Frank entered the U.S. Naval Academy from his hometown of Worcester, MA, after graduating from St. John’s High School in Worcester.
Following graduation with the Class of 1958 as a member of 13th Company, he reported to NAS Pensacola, FL, and earned his Naval Aviator Wings in March 1960. He then reported for a four-year tour with VP-6 at NAS Barbers Point, HI, with several deployments to Japan and other Pacific Islands. A tour as an instructor pilot at VP-31 was interrupted by the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and he was transferred to NAS Corpus Christi where he completed another two years as an instructor pilot at VT-28. During that time, he became fully carrier qualified. He left VT-28 in December 1967 to join USS Bon Homme Richard at Yankee Station in the Gulf. Orders to the E-2B Hawkeye RAG were followed by a tour with VAW-114, deployed aboard USS Kitty Hawk and another three cruises to the Gulf. from there he went to the US Naval Station, Brooklyn, NY, and then to Manchester, NH, as Commanding Officer of the Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station, supporting New Hampshire, Vermont and part of Massachusetts. Frank faithfully served his country as a Naval Officer for twenty years and considered flying E-2s to be the most exciting and satisfying flying that he did.
As a civilian, he had jobs in production management and then computer analysis at Polaroid. After 15 years he again retired.
In retirement, Frank and wife Marion enjoyed many of their golden years traveling in their motor home. Frank was an original member of the USNA Recreational Vehicle Chapter and for years served as its webmaster.
First and last, Frank was a family man. He leaves his wife of 57 years, Marion Devine Conery; their five children, Kathleen Conery (Jeff Hoodock); Frank A. Conery (Brenda); Deborah Conery (Manny Content); Caroline Conery; and Maureen Conery. Frank had four grandchildren, Jonathan, Kelsey, Frank and Christopher; and five great-grandchildren, Alyson, Brianna, Aniyah, Jovhan, and Ellijah. He is also survived by his two brothers, Robert and Michael. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank II and Ethel (McGee) Conery, as well his younger brother Danny.
Frank was interred on 19 August 2016 at the Naval Academy Columbarium.