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Paul R. Grant

Paul R. Grant, 63, of Lufkin Street, Essex, husband of Loretta E. (Lander) Grant, died unexpectedly Sunday, February 19, 2012 at the Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester.
Born May 24, 1948 and raised in Norwalk (Rowayton), Connecticut, he was the  son of the late Wilbur R. and Evelyn (Pack) Grant.  As a young man Paul worked for Wrynn's Autobody Shop in Norwalk before becoming a police officer, working for eight years with the Norwalk Police Department. Moving to the North Shore in 1976, he co-owned and operated the former Gloucester Yankee Marina.  He joined the Essex Police Department for three years while he also owned and operated Meadow Ridge Farm in Essex. He was most recently employed as a police officer with the Hamilton Police Department, where he taught firearm safety classes, and during these years he went on to earn an undergraduate degree at Springfield College and a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England College. He retired from Hamilton Police Department as a Sergeant in 2009 after serving more than thirty-nine years as a police officer.
Paul was an automobile enthusiast and a  builder and driver of dragsters.In addition to his wife of nine years he is survived by two sons, Russell Grant and his wife Lynn of Westfield, and Daniel Grant and his wife Lily of Saco, Maine,  three grandchildren, Eric & Amanda Grant of Saco and Evan Grant of Westfield, and a brother, David Grant of Bucksport, Maine. He was also pre-deceased by a brother, Wilbur R. Grant, Jr. formerly of New Haven, Connecticut, and two granddaughters, Madelyn and Emma Grant formerly of Westfield.
Visiting hours will be Thursday 6 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich . Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Interment services will be private.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02115.

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