December 13th, 1918 – April 26th, 2009
We are very sad to announce the passing of Patrick Campbell Grant, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, at the Gateby Care Facility on Sunday, April 26th at the age of 90 years.
Pat is survived by his loving wife, of 64 years, Catherine (Kit), of Vernon, BC; four daughters: Cathy (Ron) of Cranbrook, BC and their son, Pat Nelson; Patti (Bryan) of Sidney, BC and their children, Lindsay, Andrew, Katie, and Matt Scott-Moncrieff; Maureen of Victoria, BC and her children, John (Megan), Mike, and Jenny Weston; Marianne (Greg) of Vernon, BC and their children, Laura, and Grant Rachwalski; one son, Chris (Johanna) of Winnipeg, MB and their son, Nathan Grant; one sister, Mary Gillis of Vancouver, BC; sisters-in-law, Agnes Bolton, Loretta Fulton, Jean Nelson, Rita Dixon, Margaret Bolton and many nephews and nieces. Pat was predeceased by his parents, Colin and Christine Grant; his brother, Rod, his sisters: Helen, Margaret, and Alice; his son-in-law, Dave Weston; brothers and sisters-in-law, a niece and a nephew.
Pat was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia but lived most of his life in BC. He grew up in Vancouver, attended Normal School there and took his first teaching job in the Peace River. In 1940 he joined the RCAF and served in Canada and overseas. He met Kit in Vancouver and they were married in 1945. After the war, he continued his education at UBC and then accepted a teaching position in Trail, BC. Throughout his career the family lived in Rossland, Penticton, Cranbrook, Qualicum Beach and finally Vernon, where Pat was Superintendent of Schools for Vernon and Armstrong School Districts. He was a well-respected educator throughout his career. He retired in 1977 and he and Kit continued to live in Vernon. Pat was an active member of the Catholic Church throughout his life – a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed playing golf and skiing and he did both well into his 80’s. Pat was devoted to his family, especially to Kit. He loved family gatherings. His sense of humour, story-telling and creative inventions made these all memorable occasions. He took great pride in his family and kept in touch with everyone, especially remembering special occasions. He was a wonderful role-model. He leaves a legacy of generosity, kindness and love.
The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Karin Ketterer and the staff of Gateby Care Centre.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church, Vernon, BC at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 followed by a reception at St. James Parish Centre in St. James School. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Covenant House, 575 Drake Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 4K8 (604-638-4438) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrangements have been entrusted to
Pleasant Valley Funeral Home
250-542-4333. On-line memorial: www.mem.com