HANCOCK - For Mark Dennis, Jack Fenton was more than an acquaintance and fellow Hancock business owner, he was also a friend.
"I've known him all my life," he said "He was a very smart and friendly guy."
Fenton died at the age of 79 Monday at his Hancock home. Dennis, owner of the O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home, will be handling Fenton's funeral arrangements.
Although born in Appleton, Wis., on July 28, 1933, Fenton graduated from Houghton High School and later went into business in Hancock, working with his father-in-law, Marv McGann, who owned McGann's Building Supply on Hancock Street. Fenton later took over ownership of the business.
Dennis said Fenton was very active in the First United Methodist Church on Quincy Street in Hancock.
Fenton was very active in and did what he could to support the community, Dennis said.
"He was very strong in his beliefs," he said.
Dennis said Fenton was a very strong family man, and his sons, Peter and Jim, now own and operate McGann's Building Supply.
Glenn Anderson became Hancock city manager in 1996, and he became acquainted with Fenton, who was on the city cemetery board at the time.
Anderson said Fenton worked hard promoting Hancock business.
"He was a strong member of the business community," he said.
"He was always a progressive business owner."
As the owner of McGann's, Anderson said Fenton many times donated building supplies to nonprofit organizations and the city of Hancock for various building projects, including for youth baseball, the Cub Scouts and city parks.
"Many nonprofits benefited from his generosity," he said.
Anderson said he enjoyed spending time with Fenton.
"Jack was always very personable," he said. "He was always easy to talk to. Everyone liked Jack."
McGann is survived by his wife, Nancy, and children. For details about his memorial service, see his obituary on Page 2A of today's Daily Mining Gazette.