Joseph N. Magnant, 88, of Punta Gorda, FL, died Wednesday, November 1, 2017, in Port Charlotte, FL.
He was born July 26, 1929, in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, to the late Napoleon I. and Yvonne T. (nee – LaBelle) Magnant, and moving from Narragansett, R.I. to Sarasota, FL, finally settled in Punta Gorda in 1997. Joseph, a Korean War veteran who served in the U.S. Army, was a member of the Punta Gorda Elks Lodge No. 2606, and had been a North Kingstown, R.I. Police Reserve Officer for 30 years as well as having served in the North Kingstown Ambulance Corps for many years, six years as the Corps Commander.
He is survived by his son, James D. (Kathleen) Magnant; grandchildren, Jacob C. Magnant and Christopher J. Magnant; a brother, N. Peter (Shirley) Magnant of North Kingstown, R.I.; and sister, Margaret R. Magnant of Lafayette, LA; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members. In addition to his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by a sister, Theresa M. Pendergast, his eldest son, Joseph N., Jr. in 2004, and his beloved wife of 58 years, Sherrell J. Magnant, in November of 2013.
A committal service with military honors by the U.S. Army, followed by interment, will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Joseph’s name to Tidewell Hospice House of Port Charlotte, Philanthropy Department, at 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida 34238.
Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to extend condolences to the family. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Homes & Crematory Punta Gorda Chapel.