Keith Hunter Frantz
Keith H. Frantz, 67, died with grace Tuesday, Sept. 10th, 2019, on his back porch surrounded by green mountain views, late summer birds and his loving family in Richmond, Vt.
Keith was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on Dec. 4th, 1951, to John and Vivien (Rowan) Frantz. He has revered memories of his childhood spent in Green Bay, Wis., Hyattsville, Md., and Forrest Hills, N.Y.
After attending American University in Washington, D.C. his hippie tendencies and a strong desire to live mortgage free brought him to Saranac, N.Y., where he built a log cabin with his brother, Jay. The Adirondacks became a favorite backdrop for his love of outdoor adventuring; hiking, pond hopping and cultivating friendships with his like minded "cabin boys" and "poker buddies."
During this time Keith pursued a career that brought him 40 years of professional fulfillment, treasured relationships and independence - he traded in his ponytail for a CPA certificate, opening his own practice in Plattsburgh, N.Y. He never overcame his allergy to neckties but his loyal clients didn't seem to mind and he was forever grateful for their continued support of his financial advice (which he loved giving, solicited or not).
Keith was a lifelong seeker of spirituality; practicing meditation, yoga, mindfulness and gratitude far before it became mainstream. His unwavering belief in the law of attraction, acceptance of what is and universal love brought peace to him and many others who had the privilege of listening to his musings. He was a born teacher and conversationalist, he enjoyed sharing his perspectives on philosophy, politics, sports and tax law.
Keith was an avid reader, he loved books and sharing them. To honor his father, who was a librarian, he served as trustee for the Richmond Free Library.
He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife and soulmate, Anne O'Brien; daughters, Robin Frantz (sp.Zachary Hunter), Hannah Gillian (sp.Eli Gillian) and Molly Frantz as well as his cherished grandchildren, Jorah and Sullivan Hunter and Lila Gillian. He will also remain in the hearts of his stepchildren, Rebecca, Josiah and Luke Bergeron and countless other friends and family with whom he shared his life.
We would like to express sincere appreciation for the guidance, support and care of Dr. Jaina Clough, Natalie Martin, RN and the staff of UVM Home Health and Hospice.
Donations may be made in Keith's honor to one of his long standing non-profit clients - Adirondack Explorer at We will also be representing Keith on September 21st at the Northern New England ALS Association's annual walk in Burlington, Vt., at 9 a.m. All are welcome to join us or contribute to our team "Sippin' Sunshine." More info at
Published on September 13, 2019


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Margaret Leone
Sep 26, 2019
My deepest condolences to Anne, Robin, Hannah and Molly. Keith was a most special person. I am sure we all learned a lot from him and he will forever live on in your hearts.
Jim Leveille
Sep 16, 2019
Although I only met Keith once his role in our life was with financial matters . However I will remember his kindness and his willingness to share his wisdom. My condolences to his family .
Sep 15, 2019
I never met Keith, but reading about him has me certain that, had I met him, we'd be the best of friends. My brother died of ALS a few years ago. My heart goes out to the entire family, because nothing hurts more than slowly losing a loved one.
Sep 14, 2019
I served with Keith on the RFL board. His infallible generosity and kindness are what I will remember most about him. A difficult loss for our world.
David A Boucher
Sep 13, 2019
I am very sorry for your loss. I knew Keith through my work at UPS and my daughter Megan played hockey with Hannah.
Keith Ford
Sep 13, 2019
Keith was one of the nicest people I have ever met. I met him to help with tax preparation and I ended up a friend. He was always honest and offered great help. I will truly miss him.