Keith Abbott Conant, 49, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 15.

Born in Rockville Centre, N.Y., he grew up in Westport, graduated from the Juilliard School of Music in 1986 and joined the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra in 1987 as assistant principal violist and eventually became principal violinist. He appeared as a soloist with other orchestras, including the Norwalk and Stamford Connecticut Youth Symphonies, the Fairfield County String Festival and the Fairfield County Chamber Orchestra.

He is survived by his partner, Daniel Goss; a sister, Katherine O'Shea (Don O'Shea) of California; two brothers, Scott Conant (Joanne Conant) and Jim Conant, both of Connecticut; and seven nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in Olson-Burke-Sullivan Funeral Home, 6467 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago, Ill.