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Richard W. Grant

Richard W. Grant, 74, of Linebrook Road, Ipswich, husband of Dolores (Devaney) Grant, died  Thursday February 26, 2009 in the Beverly Hospital following a sudden illness.

 Born in Bridgeport, CT May 17, 1934, son of the late William U. and Maybelle (Sherry) Grant , he was raised in Malden and was a 1952 graduate of Malden Catholic High School. During the final years of the Korean War he served with the Army Air Corps 82nd Airborne Division. Following his Honorable Discharge he returned to continue his education at Merrimac College and the University of Massachusetts in Boston where he earned  his Masters degree in Education. For many years he taught English at Lynn English High School and later served as a guidance counselor at Lynn Vocational Technical School, from which he retired in 1989. He was an avid tennis player and enjoyed home gardening, gourmet cooking and as “pops” took special delight in the endeavors and accomplishments of his two grandsons.

In addition to his wife of thirty-eight years he is survived by two daughters, Sherry Murray and her husband Scott of Beverly and Ellen Zierk and her husband Douglas of Beverly; grandsons Dylan and Alexander Zierk both of Beverly; two sisters Barbara Callahan and Nancy Smith both of Grantham, NH and many nephews and nieces.    

His funeral service will be held Friday March 6 at 1 pm in the Trinity Episcopal Church, 124 River Road, Topsfield. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours  are Thursday 4 to 8 pm in the  Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701

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