MILO AND WEST SUSSEX, UK - Maurice Grant, 90, died Dec. 26, 2015 in England. It was Maurice's wish to return to his beloved homeland. This was made possible with the help of friends, caregivers and Beacon Hospice. He journeyed there on May 3, 2015, residing at Sussexdown, a care facility near his home town. Born in Slough, England, Sept. 14, 1925 to Rose Ellen Hogben "his lifeline" and William Napper.
Maurice had an adventurous nature. At age 16 he joined the army and served with the Royal Norfolk Regiment. In 1955 he sailed to the USA and back to England on the Queen Mary. While visiting in Maine he worked at the Seaside Inn in Seal Harbor where he met his wife, Betty Rideout from Milo. They were married in 1957 in New York City. His personal interests were reflected in the variety of jobs he held during his lifetime. In 1968 Betty and Maurice moved to Milo where he was employed at the Dexter Shoe Company for 22 years upon retiring. Maurice served as a Lay Reader for the local Episcopal churches for 38 years. He was an avid gardener, bicyclist, reader, lover of animals and birds, collector of British/ European swords and military rifles, coins and an amateur artist. He was an excellent storyteller, as he did so he revealed his strong sense of humor. He could hold one's attention for hours with his personal stories and the knowledge he had of history. He loved cats, especially his cat Rosie, named after his mother.
Maurice is survived by his niece, Julie Round of England, sister in-law Linda Rolfe and family. His close friends Carmen Leveque, Peter Michaud, Terri and David Knowles, Paul Bradeen, his Episcopal Church family. He will be remembered fondly by Fran Moore and staff of the PT at Mayo Regional Hospital, the EMT's from CMHS, the staff of Beacon Hospice and all of the dedicated caregivers who had the opportunity to spend time with Maurice.
Maurice was predeceased by his wife, Betty, in 2001, his niece, Mary Bird, and a dear friend Donald Ellis.
A memorial service will be held at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Brownville Jct., Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.