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Stanley S. Grant

Stanley S. Grant passed away Monday August 19th of sudden heart failure after a short walk while recuperating in a skilled nursing facility while away from assisted living in Bedford.

Stanley was born August 21, 1927 in Antrim, the son of Maurice and Lillian Grant of South Ware. He was educated in local schools and the University of N.H. school of Agriculture.

Stanley served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and after the war began his career as a gas station attendant for State Motors gas station ,eventually running the station before being called up for service again in the Navy at the outbreak of the Korean War. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Stanley returned to Manchester and began his career at State Motors Lincoln Mercury on Elm Street. It was there he met his lifelong love, Lois Glines Grant, while she was home visiting her family from her job on Capital Hill in Washington DC. A three month courtship in 1956 led to a lifelong marriage until Lois’s passing in 2000. That marriage led to the two sons he leaves behind: Douglas M. Grant of Manchester, his wife Pamela and their three children Kelly, Christopher and Jonathan and brand new great granddaughter, Caroline (who he was just holding this past Saturday), and son, Gregory G. Grant and his son, MacKay Glines Grant of Hopkinton

Stanley was a successful and hard working business man who effectively transitioned the State Motors Lincoln Mercury franchise as a second generation dealer. Serving on National Dealer council for two terms and on the Lincoln Mercury Dealer Association for over 22 years with perfect attendance.

He taught his sons a strong work ethic early on in life which would later help Gregory and Douglas to persevere through difficult times ahead and therefore transitioning them to 3rd generation Lincoln Dealers. Eventually leading State Motors to become the largest volume Lincoln Dealer in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont with one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the country with eight consecutive Presidents awards.

Stanley’s success in business resulted in him winning many national travel awards through Lincoln Mercury, which undoubtedly led to his love for travel. Stanley and Lois traveled to 110 countries in their lifetime, many of them more than once. He loved this experience, the beauty and the people. Often times stating his favorite was Switzerland.

Stanley’s other passions were boating on Lake Winnipesaukee, owning many boats over his lifetime and teaching his sons this same passion. He loved the water and natural beauty of the lake and enjoyed spending weekends year round at his lake house on Pendelton Point in Laconia.

In retirement Stanley became an avid antique Lincoln automobile enthusiast restoring and owning many show winning classics. Community service was a lifelong commitment, having served in the Manchester Kiwanis club for 59 years was only a small part of his giving back to community. Stanley was especially concerned about children’s well being and would give time and generous financial support to many local youth agencies. Stanley was also a 50 year member of the Washington Lodge F&AM, in Manchester as well as a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, Valley of Nashua member.

Stanley’s quick wit and endearing personality will be missed by all that knew him and he will be surly missed, your loving family.

SERVICES: Calling hours are Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., Manchester. A cemetery committal service is Friday at 11 a.m. at Franklin Cemetery, 31 Thompson Park, Franklin.

Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114

To leave a message of condolence, visit www.lambertfuneralhome.com.