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 Mark Grant

Mark Grant

Birth
Death 27 Oct 2011 (aged 53–54)
Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
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York police in shock over sudden death of veteran officer

Supt. Mark Grant served more than three decades with the York Regional Police force. He died in a traffic accident on Thursday.

Supt. Mark Grant's smile was a constant in the ranks of York Regional Police over the past 32 years.

Grant, 54, was killed when his Chevrolet Impala was struck by a pickup truck in rural Uxbridge Township at the intersection of York-Durham Line and Sandford Rd. at 3.38 pm on Thursday, according to Durham Regional Police.

The accident sent his fiancée, Debra Neal, 54, of Newmarket, to hospital with serious injuries and the driver of the truck to hospital with minor injuries.

Grant was driving home from the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago.

The driver of the pickup truck was identified only as a 76-year-old from Brechin by Durham Regional Police.

Officers who knew Grant talked on Friday about his smile and his professionalism.

"We're all in shock," Wayne Kalinski, deputy chief of Orangeville police, said on Friday. "We can't believe it. He was one of those special people."

Kalinski worked with Grant when he began at the York force in 1979 and recalled him as a cheerful recruit who kept his enthusiasm for his work throughout his career.

"He enjoyed his work and it showed," said Kalinski. "This was truly the right job for him right from the get-go."

Rick Metcalfe, 60, a retired York Regional Police staff-sergeant, said Grant had a cheerful demeanour and no enemies or detractors.

"You never saw him down," Metcalfe said. "Never in a negative mood. Just a fun guy.

"He could defuse things," Metcalfe added. "He just had that way about him. He didn't look angry, didn't sound angry."

Paul Bailey, retired head of the York Regional Police Association, said he didn't hear any complaints about Grant but heard plenty of good words.

Bailey recalled a conversation with a young man who asked Grant for advice on a potential career in policing.

"He came back to me and said, ‘What a nice man. Very fair, very professional. He explained the whole process and left me with a good feeling.'"

The young man went on to become a police officer, Bailey added.

"He would explain the lifestyle," Bailey said. "Put a face on being a cop."

Durham Regional Police are investigating. There was no immediate word on whether charges would be laid.

Grant twice received Governor General's awards for exemplary service. He served as a patrol supervisor, head of the Drugs and Vice Enforcement Unit, and alternately head of communications, professional development and information services.

He was heavily involved in Cops for Cancer and the annual Tom Desrochers Memorial Bonspiel, a cancer research fundraiser named for a former York detective.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


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  • Added: 30 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79570100
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