ADDISON - Donald Mellville Grant, 88, of Addison died peacefully at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth on January 7, 2015. He was born May 30, 1926 the youngest of Harriott Perry and Everett Grant's eight children all of whom have predeceased him.
Donald is survived by his beloved wife, valued partner, and excellent caregiver of 62 years, Jean (Peggy) Sinford Grant originally of Roque Bluffs. Donnie and Peggy have six children, 14 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and one great-great, granddaughter. Their children Harriet & Ward Perry of Addison, Carlton Grant of Columbia, Donne & Roger Smith of Jackson, Tennessee, Patti Grant and fiance Kenneth Tonneson of Ellsworth, Everett & Cyndi Grant of Addison, and Laura & Francis Davenport of South Burlington, Vermont. Donnie was known for his excellent sense of humor, his love of storytelling, his lifelong work ethic, civic mindedness, and his devotion to his family.
Donnie graduated from Addison High School in 1944 and immediately served two years in the Navy SeeBees. He served on Tinian in the Philippines during the culminating events of World War II. After returning from the service, Donnie attended the University of Maine at Orono and studied agriculture for three years. Donnie took the Civil Service Exam and qualified for the Rural Mail Carrier position.
Donnie was the rural mail carrier in Addison and Jonesport for 32 years. Along his route he made many friends and checked on several people regularly. In addition to working full time for the US Postal Service, Donnie sold cars in the evenings. He was most concerned that people could afford the vehicles he sold them.
Donnie was involved in the public schools serving on the MSAD # 37 Board of Directors for 6 years, heading up fundraisers for new ball fields, and as the auctioneer for the annual athletic Boosters' auction. As a basketball fan he was known for his purple socks. Additionally, valuing good health care, Donnie served on the Down East Community Hospital Board for 12 years and concurrently on the Arnold Memorial Medical Society Board. Donnie worked to ensure that there was a good doctor in Jonesport to serve the community. In Dr. Steve Weisberger, Donnie felt the community gained a valuable physician. The family wishes to thank Steve and his staff for their diligence and attentive care. Donnie also served on the Washington County Board of Commissioners, He was a member and Past Master of Tuscan Lodge #106 in Addison as well as District Deputy Grand Master for the 3rd Masonic District, and at Faith United Methodist Church in Columbia on the building committee and governance board bringing calm, civility, and common sense to bear on challenging situations.
Donnie and Peggy have enjoyed square dancing and playing cards with many people over the years. They also planted and harvested bountiful gardens and preserved innumerable jars of pickles and vegetables as well as sharing the extras with any and all.
Many, many friends have contributed to Donnie's full life. We would like to acknowledge Pat and Richard Carver of Beals for their enduring friendship. Richard and Donnie have spent many hours traveling the roads together, of late, buying and reselling vegetables, making new friends and sharing old stories.
Calling hours will be held from noon until time of 1pm funeral service on Saturday, January 10th at Faith United Methodist Church in Columbia. Please join Peggy and the family to honor 88+ years of a life well lived. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the Faith United Methodist Church , PO Box 186 Columbia,ME 04623. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com