October 25th, 1942 ~ January 2nd, 2016
Richard Gordon “Dick” Grant of Comox, British Columbia, was born on October 25th, 1942 in Edmonton, Alberta, and died unexpectedly after a short illness following heart difficulties on January 2nd, 2016 in hospital in Nanaimo, B.C. Dick lived briefly as a toddler in New Brunswick with his mother Ruth Helene (David) Grant while his father Thomas Harold Grant was stationed on the East Coast during WWII. Six younger brothers and then two younger sisters followed, and all nine were raised in Edmonton and Comox.
Dick was predeceased by his father Tom (February 1982), mother Ruth (May 2015), and his brother Doug (June 2013). He is survived by his son James and daughter Genene; brothers David (Nicole), Tom (Holly) Robert (Marilee), Robin, and Don (Lisa),and sister-in-law Linda (Doug’s wife); sisters Carolyn (Gary) and Margaret (Mike); twenty-six nephews and nieces; many great-nephews and nieces; and extended family and friends in the Comox Valley and beyond.
Dick graduated with an English degree from the University of Alberta. He worked for many years in the accounting industry, and, up to his illness, as an accountant at Eby’s Business Services in Comox. He devoted countless hours to the Comox Rotary Club, and proudly served as Club President from 1994-1995. His passions included reading; math; analyzing sports; and playing and teaching Bridge, which gifted him many wonderful friends and opportunities for travel. Dick’s greatest passion, however, was his family; he truly loved the many large family gatherings, and brightened at the mention or presence of James and Genene. His gentle personality and keen intelligence will be missed by all who knew him.
Dick’s Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, January 24th at 2 pm at the D’Esterre House in Comox. All are welcome. If desired, donations may be made to The Rotary Foundation in Dick’s name.