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William J. Grant
  • St. Joseph Church
    149 Cottage Street
    Middletown, NY 10940
  • Elant Foundation
    46 Harriman Drive
    Goshen, NY 10924

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“I didn't know Bill's family, but saw him from time to time when I visited my family in CT over the years. He was the loveliest of gentleman, and I...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Lynne Paganelli LeFiles - FL

“Kate, my sincere sympathy to you and all of your family. Your father sounded like a wonderful man. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Harry J. Newbury - Johnson City, NY

“"Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow." Beth, my deepest condolences to you...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Kas Wheeler - Avon, NY

“Beth and Family, I'm very sorry for your loss. Beth, he sounds like a great man and I know he's proud of you and all your accomplishments. I send...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Crystal Ryan - AVON, NY

“Your words ring true Mary Pat when you say his "Irish eyes were always smiling." I fondly remember that twinkle in his eyes. No doubt inspired by...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Loreen & Dan Lesso - Glen Rock, NJ

“Mary pat. Loved having your dad as a track coach so many years ago. So sorry for your loss. Love yo all your siblings. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Christa hahn hughes - Glen rock, NJ

“My thoughts are with you and your family, Matt. What an accomplished man your dad was!! - Bernadette at Ocean City Home Bank, Lending Dept. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Bernadette Gizelbach - Ocean City, NJ

“Dear MaryPat, Kathy,Tina, Suz, Beth, Bill and Matt, So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I will always remember him as a kind soul with a great...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Denise DeLoca - Lawrence Township, NJ

“Thinking of Mr. Grant's entire family and sending prayers and wishing you healing as you celebrate your father and grandfather's wonderful life. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Kelly Sattora - Avon, NY

“Dear Beth and Family... We are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Know that we are thinking of you at this very sad time. Sending you our love,...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Sandi & Bob DeBruycker - Avon, NY

“My prayers and love are with you, Kate, and your siblings and your families. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Allen Ladd - Greenville, SC

“Dearest Kate and family I am so sorry for your loss, please know of my heartfelt love and prayers. Thinking of you ❤ ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Peggy Pinkey - Scottsdale, AZ


William J. Grant of Goshen, NY passed away peacefully in his sleep in his 89th year, joining his beloved wife, Patricia (McCaffrey) Grant, on February 25, 2015. A long time area resident, Bill was a proud graduate of St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia and at the age of 16, began his studies in Chemical Engineering at MIT, graduating in 1948, where he was coxswain on the Varsity Crew Team, member of Phi Sigma Kappa and senior class officer. Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II.
Bill fell in love with Pat on the beaches of Stone Harbor, NJ, where the family vacationed for many years. He devoted his working career to the family business, Grant Plywood & Dimension Co., along with his father, William F. Grant. He was predeceased by his father, mother Eleanor Griffin Grant and the love of his life, Pat. Together they raised five daughters and two sons, Mary Pat Grant Boron of Ridgewood, NJ; Kathryn Grant Madigan of Binghamton, NY; Dr. Suzanne Grant Lewis (Paul) of Paris, France; Regina M. Sands (Robert) of Old Saybrook, CT; Elizabeth M. Peck (David) of Avon, NY; Billy Grant of Middletown; and Matthew P. Grant (Robyn) of Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Bill was blessed with eleven grandchildren, Gregory and Christopher (Alexis) Boron, R. James (Abby) and Grant Madigan, Gareth and Gavin Lewis, Christopher Grant, Amanda and Sarah Peck, Ryan and Rachel Grant and great grandson, Griffin Carena Boron. They were all the light of his life. He is also survived by his sister Margaret P. Malone of Vero Beach, FL and his brother Rev. James A. Grant of Springfield, PA, his dear friend Doris Rogan of Cheshire, CT and her family, as well many brothers and sisters in law, nieces and nephews, and legions of friends.
Bill's Jesuit education inspired his lifelong passion for education, service and faith. He served the parish of St. Catharine's Roman Catholic Church, Glen Rock, NJ, as lector, CCD instructor as well as founder and coach of the grammar school CYO track program and was honored by the Jaycees as "Man of the Year". He was tenor in a Barbershop Quartet for many years. After moving to the Middletown area, Bill also served the parish of St. Joseph's as lector, usher, trustee, and Chair of the Finance Committee and Capital Campaign. Past President of John S. Burke Booster Club, long time member of the Knights of Columbus, Bill devoted his life to serving others. He never missed his children's sporting events and theatrical productions, and reveled in their successes. Bill had a deep affection for every person he met, recognizing the divinity in each of them. He taught his family how to live, laugh, sing and dance; and especially, to love. Bill's eternal optimism and sense of humor will be with us always.
The family will receive friends at the Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home, 72 West Main St., Middletown, NY from 4-7pm on Wednesday, March 4. A celebration of Bill's life and Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Church of St. Joseph at 149 Cottage St, Middletown, NY at 9:30am on Thursday, March 5. The family wishes to express its deep appreciation for the caring staff and residents of Elant Adult Home in Goshen. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the Elant Foundation for the benefit of Goshen Adult Home, 46 Harriman Drive, Goshen, NY 10924 or the Church of St. Joseph, Middletown, NY 10940.