OLD FORGE, N.Y. — John H. Briant, 83, of Old Forge, N.Y. and Goodyear Ariz., formerly of North Syracuse, passed away from natural causes on Tuesday, May 14th, at his home.
Born in Throopsville, N.Y., John resided in Old Forge for the last 34 years. Shortly after graduation from Port Byron High, he enlisted in the USAF, attaining the rate of Staff Sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1953, and then joined the New York State Police where he served a distinguished 29 year career as a Trooper and BCI Investigator in Troops D & B. Trooper Briant was cited as a legend maker in the force and in 1970 received the Brummer Award, the Forces highest award, issued for Bravery. Upon retirement from the NYSP, he was employed in the security department in a Syracuse bank. In retirement, John attained a Bachelor of Science Degree and embarked on a new career as a writer and artist. He authored, One Cops Story, the beginning of his series of mystery novels featuring the Adirondack Detective, Jason Black, and all his works focused on his beloved Adirondacks. John also became an accomplished water color artist, specializing in landscapes, which View, The Arts Center of Old Forge, and Old Forge Library have displayed. He was a member of View, Old Forge Library, American Association of State Troopers, and the Adirondack Chapter of the New York State Retired Troopers.
John was predeceased by his wife, Margaret, who was his soul mate and inspiration. Survivors include two sons, John and James of Holyoke, Mass.; a brother, Dr. David Briant of Ariz.; a sister, Joan D. Ciaccio of Fresno, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Deborah (John) O'Rourke and Peggy Powers of Syracuse; a stepson, Frederick (Joan) Powers; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 30th at Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, 128 Fern Avenue, Old Forge, NY. A service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 31st at the funeral home, followed by internment at Riverview Cemetery, Outlook Terrace, Old Forge. A reception will follow at the Old Mill Restaurant, Route 28, Old Forge
Donations can be made in John's memory to the Old Forge Library.
For online expressions of sympathy please go to www.dfwefh.com