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James L. Conrad



Wednesday, Septemeber 14, 2022 at 1:00 pm

Cedar Lawn Memorial Park


James L. Conrad, 83, died September 7, 2022 after a long illness.

He was born on April 27, 1939, in Williamsport, PA. He was the son of the late Lewis H. Conrad and Helena R. (Kennedy) Conrad.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Rosemary Albury and Carolyn Beamer.

He is survived by his wife, Ann (Frailey) Conrad, whom he married on August 4, 1962. He is also survived by two daughters, Denise Magruder and her husband Robert and their son Tyler of Sykesville, MD, and Karen White and her husband Keith and their son Austin and daughter Hailey of Laguna Beach, CA. He is also survived by one brother, Mark S. Conrad and his wife Delores of Trout Run, PA.

He was a graduate of South Williamsport High School, South Williamsport, PA in 1957. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education at Bloomsburg State College, Bloomsburg, PA in 1961. He also earned a degree of Master of Science in Education, Temple University in 1967, and graduated from Shippensburg State College with a Master's degree in Administration and Supervision in 1976. He also did advanced studies at MIT, University of Iowa, University of Cincinnati, Western Maryland College, and University of Maryland.

He began his career in 1961, teaching and coaching in Lancaster, PA for six years. He came to Washington County in 1967, teaching science and coaching football, until 1974. He then began a career in administration at many Washington County area schools including; North Hagerstown High School, North Potomac Middle School, Smithsburg Middle School, E. Russell Hicks Middle School, Clear Spring Middle School, and Northern Middle School, until his retirement in 2000, after 38 years in education. He also worked for the Washington County Health Department as a coordinator for the Prevention of Underage Drinking Program for six years.

He was a member of Saint Ann Catholic Church, Maugansville Ruritan Club since 1983, Washington County Retired Administrators, International Association of Approved Basketball and Football Officials, Elks Lodge, and Knights of Columbus. He also formed the Washington County Summer Girls Softball League.

He enjoyed Penn State football, traveling, golfing, and spending time with his family.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 1:00 pm at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, 17636 West Washington St., Hagerstown, MD 21740, with Deacon Gary Fulmer and Rev. Linda Alessandri officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family strongly suggests making a donation in James's name to a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

Uncle Jim you will be missed. I have many fond memories that I will hold dear.

Diane Drajem
Jersey Shore, Pa

Jim was fun and interested to work for. He was also a good friend and always had your back. After retirement, I enjoyed seeing he and his wife at local events.

Kathy Helm
Hagerstown , MD

Jim was my Principal at Clear Spring Middle School in the 90's. We had some great times together in and out of school. He had a calm, mature, experienced presence, and it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to say that he was something of a father figure for me. Calm, that is, until someone acted the fool! We brought different perspectives to the world, but I always appreciated his ability to see the big picture at school, recognizing what was most important for the young people we interacted with day in and day out. The best educators are in it for the overall well-being of the kids, and that was Jim. I did my best work as a teacher when Jim was my boss, and for me, my eight Clear Spring years were my golden years in the public education game. I owe a lot to Jim Conrad for making it happen. I was happy to serve with him, and endeavored to do what I could to make him proud of the effort. Thoughts with Anne and the rest of the Conrad family.

Bill Cromwell
Fort Loudon, PA - Pennsylvania

Jim was a good friend and great teammate at South Williamsport High School. As a fullback Jim often left tracks on my back since I was better at plugging holes than clearing them. As a linebacker, that plugging was more valuable and Jim often made his tackles on my back. As a friend he always had my back. One of the nicest all-round persons I've ever known. I imaging the kids he coached and the teachers he led loved him. I am so sorry to see him leave us .... but rest assured he made his mark on many of us. Condolences to you, his family.

Harry Lavo
Holyoke, MA

My prayers go out to the family . My fond memories are to many to list. So many happy times, so many laughs. I thought of Jim as my brother and loved him dearly..He is out of pain and preparing for his life in eternity with God. I love you brother and will always carry you in my heart .

Brent Stine
Royal Palm Beach, Florida

Condolences to Ann, Karen and Denise. Wishing you many loving memories today and always. We all had many good times on family vacations, holidays, etc. especially playing cards and watching Penn State football. Jim was like the brother I never had. He will be missed.

Jim Frailey

Words cannot express how much I love you and will miss you Dad. Having you as my father is one of my biggest blessings. You taught me what is truly important in life. You lived a life of love and respect for us and everyone around you. My heart is broken. I will miss you every day.

Karen White
Laguna Beach, CA

My condolences to Mr. Conrad‘s family and friends. I knew him when I was in middle school at Clear Spring. He is always so nice and kind hearted. He will be missed by the Blazer Family.

Lloyd Swope
Clear Spring, Md

I'm so sorry for the loss. My condolences and prayers go out to the family in this time of need. I knew Mr. Conrad from North Hagerstown High School. I loved him. He was so sweet and kind and wonderful. He's going to be sadly missed by a lot of people. May you RIP sweet angel. Dawn Hunneyman (Vaughn)

Dawn Hunneyman (Vaughn)
Chambersburg , Pennsylvania

Sincere Condolences Ann And family. Good memories of Jim and you Ann.

Mary N Hoult (Nicky)
Port Orange, Fl

To the family of James: I remember him being at north high when I was going there. He was a very nice guy. He has touched a lot of lives. May he rest in peace. Sending prayers

Angie (marlin) goad
Hagerstown, MD

Jim, a husband, father, grandfather, brother and dear friend, you will be missed. Your love of family, Penn State Football and your friends mark the msn you had become. Our thoughts and prayers for your wife and family will go on.

Mr. & Mrs. Harry Fogle
Collierville, TN

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