Edward Ed James Conte

Passed away on March 8, 2012

Greensboro, NC: Edward James Conte, 69, born in Ilion, NY, and a former resident of Tellico Village in Loudon, TN, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2012 surrounded by family and friends.

A graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University, Ed grew up as a leader in church and school. A gifted athlete, Ed excelled in many sports including baseball, basketball and golf. Although Ed battled muscular dystrophy throughout his adult life, he continued to find ways to enjoy sports and remain active.

A humble and humorous man with a keen wit and sense of mischief, he is remembered as someone whose inner strength prevailed over hardship and “as a hero who laughed in the face of adversity.” Known for his courage and his jokes, Ed was a great humanitarian. Selected to carry the Salt Lake City Olympic Torch in 2002 as a community champion, Ed was the first board chair of the Kids First Child Advocacy Center in Lenoir City, TN. He also organized local golf tournaments and other fundraisers to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation in North Carolina. He was a founding member and officer of clubs including Elks and Kiwanis in North Carolina and Tennessee.

The author of poetry that tackled subjects serious and light, Ed took up fiction, free-lance writing and blogging in recent years delighting his readers with insights into the profound and inane. He was in the process of selling his first suspense/thriller manuscript at the time of his death.

Ed is survived by his beloved daughters, Danielle Conte Broadstreet of Summerfield, NC and Kristen Conte Bunting of Virginia Beach, VA, and their husbands Glen Broadstreet and David Bunting; adored grandchildren Drew and Joshua Broadstreet and Madeline and Elena Bunting; his devoted companion and Gal Friday Benay Leff of Ocean View, DE; brother-in-law Jack Bowers of Winston-Salem, NC; many adoring nieces and nephews; and a multitude of loving friends. He was predeceased by his parents Iva Mae and Louis Conte, brothers Robert Mathews and William Mathews, sisters Norma Bowers and Donna Fifield, and wife Jeanette Freeland Conte.

Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2012 at Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home, 515 North Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27401. Memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. The family wishes to thank the caring professionals at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Beebe Medical Center, and, in lieu of flowers, suggests contributions to the Kids First Child Advocacy Center, PO Box 928, Lenoir City, TN 37771. The website is

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  • Vistation Friday, March 16, 2012
  • Service Of Remembrance Friday, March 16, 2012

Edward Ed James Conte

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March 16, 2012

Dear Benay and family, Thinking of you today. So sad and difficult to say farewell, but we hope your memories of a loving friend, companion and father will sustain you today and in weeks tocome. Carolyn & Bill Kennedy (New Market, MD)

Barbara Bowers

March 15, 2012

To Dani and Kristen : my heartfelt sympathy and love to you both.Your dad was a very sweet,witty,funny friend. I am glad that he is not suffering any more but he will be missed by many, especially you two & Benay.

Love to all, Barbara Bowers

March 15, 2012

Ed, Class of 60 with my sister Betsy, good old Ilion kids grown up, I will miss your courage, wisdom, humor, the laughs and the understanding,your wit and words, with your friends and family and the angels. Benay and your daughters, my thoughts and heart is with you - remember I am with you when you toast this wonderful man on Friday.

Diane Gackenbach

March 14, 2012

A wonderful man with a love filled heart, always a kind word, and laughter to share with everyone

March 13, 2012

Ed leaves a void nobody can fill - he accomplished much, was a friend to all, always had a smile and his quick wit always lit up the room. A truly amazing person - we know he's reunited with all his friends & family gone before him. Benay, we will remember with a smile the last time we all met at Pino Bianco - it was a fun night and Ed was the star as usual. To Benay and the family he leaves behind, we send hugs and you are in our thoughts & prayers. You were truly blessed to have this wonderful guy in your lives.
Pals since the class of '60
Jean & Bob Reynods

Mike and Barb Hodom

March 13, 2012

Benay and family, Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Ed will remain in our thoughts and prayers. It was wonderful to see Ed at the last class reunion. May God Bless you all!

Ken Shaw

March 13, 2012

Class of '60
He was a gentle man with a gentle soul. Wish I'd known him better.

Eleanor Connick

March 13, 2012

Ed was a special person in our Class of 1960 at Ilion High School and our 50th class reunion!! Thank You, Ed, for the cherished memories. You will be sooooo missed. Godspeed.

Roger & Penny Deith

March 13, 2012

Ed, you will be missed for your quick wit and your stong will to face life as it was dealt.
We raise a glass of Captain Morgan as we remember all the good times and laughs you gave us.

Bonnie McBride

March 13, 2012

We need some of Ed's words here to express our loss, but heaven's gain.