Francis Richard Granat, age 66, resident of 21770 Sherred Hill Road, Venango, PA, died Thursday, November 24, 2011 at UPMS Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh following a several weeks illness. He had lived in the Venango – Cambridge areas all of his life. Born on November 12, 1946 in Crawford County, Francis was a son of the late Joseph Granat and Anna Miller Granat.

Following his graduation from Cambridge Springs High School in 1961 he graduated from Alliance College in 1965 where he majored in chemistry and played basketball. Then, for several years, he played professional basketball in Italy where he married his wife the former, Linda Hafemann.

Francis was a bio-chemist and worked for a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey for over 20 years as a chemist and also did research and lecturing for the company before retiring. He enjoyed hunting and fly fishing, tying his own flies.

Surviving Francis are four children – Tiffany Gross and her husband, Keith of Google, OR; Michael Granat of Blakeslee, PA; Arianne Dooley and her husband, Ken of Fairbanks, AK; and Francis Ryan Granat of Saylorsburg, PA; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In addition a brother – Joseph Granat and his wife, Myra of Cambridge Springs and a sister, Elizabeth Novotny of Cambridge Springs survive.

There are no calling hours or funeral services planned. A memorial service for the family will be arranged in the future.