|Birth: ||Apr. 22, 1925|
|Death: ||Feb. 28, 2006|
RM2C US NAVY WW-II
Husband of Barbara J. Grant
Raymond C. Grant
NORTH NORWICH — Raymond C. Grant, 80, longtime resident of North Norwich, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006, in the Mease Countryside Hospital of Safety Harbor, Fla.
The son of Earl and Myrtle (Folts) Grant, Ray was born in Norwich on April 22, 1925. He spent his school years in the North Norwich and Norwich schools, then enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17. He served his country from 1942-1946, spending three years in the South Pacific and an additional year in San Francisco. Returning home, Ray returned to his interrupted education, graduating from Norwich High School with the class of 1948.
On Jan. 24, 1947, in Norwich, Ray married Barbara J. Ferguson. She predeceased him Jan. 2, 2005.
Ray began his working career shortly after graduating high school, beginning as an apprentice with the C & U Telephone Corporation at the age of 22.
He was a charter member of the IBEW No. 1725, and retired in May of 1985 as an installer/repair supervisor after 38 years with the company.
Away from the job, Ray was very involved with the community of North Norwich. He was a longtime member of the North Norwich Methodist Church. He served as a town councilman for several years, and he and Barbara were original organizers of the North Norwich Fire Department. Ray was also a past member of the Norwich Moose Club, a life member of the Norwich Elks Lodge No. 1222 and a member of American Legion Post No. 189 of Norwich.
In his early years, Ray enjoyed hunting and fishing. In mid-life, he preferred camping in the Adirondacks, and switched to golf in his later years, especially enjoying playing at the Mt. Top Golf Club in Sherburne, where he was a member.
An avid bowler, Ray was a member of the Norwich Bowling Hall of Fame, inducted in 1986. He had bowled for more than 50 years in the Norwich and Earlville leagues and in mixed leagues at the Plaza Lanes and the Elks Club, and had bowled in 25 national tournaments for the Elks and American Legion, enjoying driving to most of those tournaments in his beloved 1967 Carolina Blue, two-door Cadillac convertible. Ray was president of the Earlville Bowling Association for several years and, in 1994, bowled a perfect 300 game there.
Most recently, Ray had enjoyed wintering in Clearwater, Fla.
Ray is survived by his children, David Grant of King, N.C., Terry Pratt and husband Thomas of Guilford, and Patricia Farrell and husband Mark of Palm Harbor, Fla.; by his grandchildren, Jennifer and Raymond Grant and Shawn and Erin Farrell; and by his sister, Emily Grodecki of Norwich. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law, Richard and Robert Ferguson; and by nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife of 58 years, Barbara Grant, Ray was predeceased by his sister, Virginia Grant, in 1936, and his brother, Gage Grant, in 1984.
Funeral services for Ray will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. James Collins, Methodist minister, will officiate.
Interment with full military rites will be at a later date in the North Norwich Cemetery.
Friends are invited to call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Those wishing to remember Ray with a memorial contribution may send it to the North Norwich Fire Department, North Norwich, NY 13814.
Published in The Daily Star on March 6. 2006.
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