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John Plummer Tant

John Plummer Tant was a Unity minister who was ordained in 1963.

Rev. John P. Tant Minister, pianist

Services for the Rev. John Plummer Tant, a retired minister, will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Lorlng Byers Funeral Home In Randallstown. Mr. Tant died Saturday of stomach cancer at the Old Court Nursing Center In Randallstown. He was 74.

Born in Toronto, he studied concert piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music and then joined the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. For 13 years, while serving in the air force, Mr. Tant toured as a concert pianist. During his tour in Scotland, he met and married his wife of 39 years, the former Helen Henderson Ross, who died In 1982.

Ordained In 1963 at the Unity Church of Christianity headquarters In Lee’s Summit, Mo., he moved to Baltimore in 1966 and moved again to Finksburg, where he lived for 13 years. Friends say Mr. Tant was the primary force in establishing the Unity Center of Christianity on North Charles Street. From 1979 to 1983, he served in several ministries In Michigan and Montreal. He retired In 1983 from a Pennsylvania Unity Center and, after a serious operation, moved to Towson to be near family and friends.

He is survived by his son, Eric Laird Tant of Hagerstown; a sister, Elsie Fortheringham of Scarborough, Canada; two brothers, William Tant of Scarborough and David Tant of Milton. Nova Scotia; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Unity Center’s Building Fund and Divine Life Church’s Building Fund, 5928 Falls Road.

Source: Baltimore Sun August 6, 1991