Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | September 8, 2018

Gerry Grant 1924 – 2018

Today our community remembers the life and service of Gerry Grant.

Flags across the City have been at half-mast for about a week now, leading up to this former City Councillor’s funeral this morning.

Cover of 1985 campaign brochure – elected for a 3 year term

He was known as a tireless volunteer and as a mentor to others also engaged in community service.

In his career, Grant was employed by C.I.L.; among his roles were Manager of the Purchasing Department and Manager of the Transportation Department.

His community service extended to Branch 297 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Kiwanis Club of Cornwall, Cornwall & District Traffic Club, HSPM Credit Union, Cornwall Service Club Council, the Canadian Red Cross and the Cornwall Children’s Christmas Fund, where he filled many roles, including on the executive of several organizations. In 1992 Grant was named Citizen of the Year.

Down the years Grant was also a member of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, Cornwall Golf and Country Club, the SD&G Highlanders’ Association and others.

Cover of 1988 campaign brochure – failed attempt at re-election

His political campaign platform included:

  • Open, more business-like meetings of City Council
  • Efficient, effective administration and municipal services
  • Monitoring of spending to prevent heavy tax increases
  • Co-operation with senior governments
  • Industrial expansion / jobs
  • Small business development
  • Respect for the natural environment
  • Increased opportunities and activities for youth
  • Transit system improvements
  • Seniors’ Housing

Grant, whose health had been failing, although having been hospitalized for a time, died peacefully at his home at Riverdale Terrace.

Rest in peace, gentle man.

Further reflections on Gerry Grant’s life and contribution to the community can be found at the following links:

 

 


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