SIDNEY – Gary John Louis Grant 85, passed away at Maine Veterans Hospital on Dec. 28, 2021.
Gary was born Aug. 24, 1936, where he attended school in Winslow until he transferred to Waterville High School where he graduated in 1955. Gary immediately joined the United States Air Force receiving an honorable discharge after 14 years of service. He was stationed at bases in New York, Texas and Germany as a computer programmer. Gary met his first wife and had his only child Cindy while in Germany. Gary returned to the states working for various companies as a computer programmer specializing in corporate payroll.
On Nov. 24, 1979, Gary married Constance Girard Bradley and his second daughter Sally joined the family. They resided in Winslow, then moved to Messalonskee Lake in Oakland which became a place of family gatherings for family and friends. They later moved from lake life to their current home in Sidney, Maine.
Gary was a talented woodworker, artist, fishman and guitar player. Gary gifted many of his family, friends and kids with his artistic wood carvings. His last project being an oil truck toy donated for a boy at The Home for Little Wanderers in Waterville for Christmas. Donating toys to children in need was a passion that brought Gary great joy. Gary was also a guitar player and his brother Lewis a harmonica player, for many years they enjoyed entertaining at many family and friend gatherings. Gary loved entertaining and telling a good joke, and always had a new one to tell. He also enjoyed a good joke shared by others.
Gary was a past member of several snowmobile clubs. He was also a member of POST 51 Oakland American Legion where he was Post Commander from 2017-2020, an Honor Guard for 10 years and Sgt. of Arms from 2020-2021.
Gary was predeceased by his father, Earl Grant; his mother, Florida Dumont, his daughter Cindy Johnson; his brothers, Glenn Dumont and William Grant.
His is survived by his wife, Connie of 42 years; his stepdaughter Sally Chaffin, brother Lewis Pelletier and wife Diana of Skowhegan; sister Karen Atkinson and husband Ronald of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother Stephen Dumont and wife Theresa of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister Camilla Grant of Winslow and sister, Lea Grant Veilleux and husband Steve of Winslow. Gary is also survived by four grandchildren: Kalista Chaffin, Johnathan Johnson, Jennifer Johnson Taylor and Mack Johnson as well as 13 great grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and his only God child, Gretchen Stango of Sacramento, Calif.
Services at The Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta will be announced at a later date.