Ernest Grant, 84: Longtime lobsterman, active in community

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YARMOUTH — Ernest Grant, 84, died May 23 at Coastal Manor in Yarmouth.

He was born Sept. 9, 1929, in Yarmouth to Louise May Dobson and Howard Davies Grant.  He attended school in Yarmouth and served in the Marine Corps from 1945 to 1947 and also served in the Reserves. Following his military service, he worked in local shipyards and was a lobsterman most of his adult life. He later obtained his GED and a degree in psychology from USM.

He also worked in retail clothing/jewelry sales. Grant had many interests and involvements including the Nazarene Church, the Yarmouth Police Department, a volunteer firefighter for Yarmouth, Clam Warden, American Legion where he was the chaplain for many years, Men’s Club and Lions Club. He spent many hours making visits to friends in hospitals, nursing homes and the veterans’ homes. He enjoyed stock car racing, the Boston Red Sox, traveling and most importantly spending time with his extended family and close friends.

Grant married Jeanne E. Scothorne in 1948, and they raised seven children together. He then married Barbara L. Savage in 1979 and they had a daughter together.

He was predeceased by three brothers, Robert, Lawrence and Stanley; son, Andrew Grant; stepson, Glenn Thomes; and three grandchildren, John Coulombe, Chad Meier and Tori Thistle.

He is survived by his children, Deborah Bailey, Mary and Earl Mitchell, John and Jennifer, of Westbrook, Peter and Becky, of Sidney, Christopher, of Bridgton, Michael and Nita, and Lisa Grant and Martin, of Yarmouth; four stepchildren; 18 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Visiting hours were held at Lindquist Funeral Home in Yarmouth on May 28. A burial followed the service at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Falmouth. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to American Legion Post #91, P.O. Box 113, Yarmouth, ME 04096.

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