Obituary: Alexander Bryant

Alexander C. “Zan” Bryant Jr.

HOLLYWOOD, FL – Alexander C. “Zan” Bryant, Jr., 89, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2022, at his summer residence in Freehold with his family at his side.

Zan was born in Albany on Sept. 20, 1932, son of the late Alexander and Pearl Winn Bryant. The family lived in South Westerlo, where Mr. Bryant ran a grocery store.

Zan graduated from Greenville Central School. He was a decorated Korean War veteran, serving as a sergeant with the United States Marines. Following honorable discharge, he returned to the family grocery store. He and his father purchased a large tract of land and established Bryant’s Square in Greenville, and the adjacent Country Estates residential development. 

Never one to sit idle, Zan was involved in many other projects, a true entrepreneur. He was a member of Greenville American Legion Post 291 and served on many corporate and community advisory boards. He was an avid hunter, played an occasional round of golf, loved baseball and was a diehard fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Zan is survived by his loving wife, Alice Merlin Bryant; son, Garth (Theresa) Bryant; stepsons, Bobby (Lynne) Clifford, Richard Clifford, and Rory Clifford; granddaughters, Jeanette Bryant Borman and Jamie Bryant Snyder; step-granddaughter, Riverlin Shea Clifford; great-grandchildren, Luke, Gabrielle, and Emma Borman, and Cole Snyder; many nephews and one niece. In addition to his parents, Zan was predeceased by his daughter, Beth Bryant Savino; grandson, Michael Bryant; stepson, Ronnie Clifford; and sister, Thelma Bailey Young.

Calling hours were Friday, July 1, from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., with the American Legion service at 6:30 p.m., at A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81, Greenville.  Cremation will follow. Burial of his ashes, with Military Honors, will take place on Tuesday, July 5, at 1 p.m. in Greenville Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Greenville American Legion Post 291, P.O. Box 332, Greenville, NY 12083, or the Northeast Kidney Foundation, 22 Colvin Ave., Albany, NY 12206, will be appreciated. Condolence page is available at

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