Frank M. Prout, former owner and funeral director, Prout Funeral Home, Verona, New Jersey, died December 28, 2016, at age 92.
From 1943-45, he served in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army Air Corps attached to the 8th Air Force in England and France.
Prout graduated from McAllister School of Embalming in 1947 and has been a licensed funeral director since 1948.
He also returned to school, and after four years of night classes, graduated from Seton Hall University in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He passed the exams to become a certified public accountant and worked with his father-in-law at Ryan, Harrington & Mortenson before forming his own accounting practice, which he operated concurrently with Prout Funeral Home, a firm founded by his father, Michael C. Prout, in 1924 and presently owned and operated by his son, Bob, and daughter-in-law Meg.
Prout was a longtime member and past president of the Verona Rotary Club. He was a member of the Fathers Club of St. Benedict’s Prep and its Variety Night Committee, the Parents Association of Mt. St. Dominic Academy, the Fathers and Friends of Delbarton School and of the Theater on the Hill Committee at Caldwell College.
Prout was a Gold Life Member of the West Essex First Aid Squad, where he served as a crew lieutenant, and director, treasurer and Silver Life Member of Verona PBA Local 72.
He was a board member and former president of Community Health Services in West Caldwell, New Jersey, during which time one of the first in-home hospice programs in the area was begun. Prout was also a member of the Miramar Royale Association on Hutchinson Island, Florida; the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association; the Essex, Union & West Hudson Funeral Directors Association; NFDA; the American Institute of CPAs; and the New Jersey Society of CPAs.
He is survived by wife Joan; children Kathleen, Thomas and Robert; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.