MAHAR – Grant Mahar passed away peacefully at home on Dec 30, 2008. Grant was born in Victoria on September 11th, 1946. He will be sadly missed by his husband of 30 years, Ray, son Scott and grandson Caleb, sister-in-law Sandy, cousin Hilary, along with other family members, and many, manyfriends who loved him deeply.

Grant began his work in construction in the iron steel industry. He then worked in the Yarrows dockyard in Victoria for many years. He then changed careers, returned to school and worked with youth at risk on the streets of Victoria.

Grant was a foster parent for many years and continued to care for others by supporting adults with disabilities and providing elder care until his health precluded continuing to work.

During his later years he ran his own trucking business, F.A.C.E.S. Trucking, and an employment transition program for adults with mental health issues until his health made it necessary to retire early. The last years of this life were spent at home, where he spent many hours with his husband talking and reminiscing and enjoying visits from loving family and friends.

Grant was a man of contradictions. Rough but soft, comical yet serious, loving but non-forgiving. He saw everything in black and white. He was a diamond in the rough and the most loyal man for family and friends that one could ever hope to meet. He was ever the protector of the underdog and he believed this was his purpose in life. He remained always true to this calling, truly dedicated to making a difference!

Ray would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Desmond Konway for going above and beyond in his compassion and extra care of Grant in his last years.

A Memorial Service will be held at Piercy’s Funeral Chapel on Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 1:00 pm.

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