Melvin Grandy hon­oured dur­ing Gar­nish Bakeap­ple Fes­ti­val

Com­mu­nity cen­tre gym named af­ter ded­i­cated res­i­dent

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY AL­LAN STOODLEY

On an evening ded­i­cated to cel­e­brat­ing the town’s peo­ple, the cit­i­zens of Gar­nish be­stowed a spe­cial hon­our on a man who is well-known and re­spected in his hometown and around the Burin Penin­sula.

The main gym in the Gar­nish Com­mu­nity Cen­tre was named the Melvin Grandy Gym­na­sium on Aug. 11.

The event was part of the 25th an­nual Gar­nish Bakeap­ple Fes­ti­val, which also in­cluded the pre­sen­ta­tion of a play en­ti­tled “Stephen Leonard Grandy - Dory Builder.”

Grandy, 90, has been very in­volved in ev­ery­thing that is Gar­nish all of his adult life.

He was a very suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man and a for­mer town coun­cil­lor. Ac­cord­ing to his long­time friend Ho­ra­tio Cluett, how­ever, “His big­gest con­tri­bu­tion to his town was his vi­sion for the first soccer field in our com­mu­nity.”

Some years later Grandy helped spear­head a drive to build a larger soccer pitch and shortly af­ter­wards the com­mu­nity cen­tre.

In the words of em­cee Wil­liam Grandy, “It was not only Melvin Grandy’s vi­sion, but un­der his lead­er­ship, these recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties were con­structed.”

Some 150-plus peo­ple rose, ap­plauded and showed their af­fec­tion as the very emo­tional re­cip­i­ent came for­ward to be rec­og­nized for his many ac­com­plish­ments and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment over the decades. Five of Grandy’s chil­dren as well as his wife, Lena, were present to share in the spe­cial evening.

Charles Grandy, one of the orig­i­nal English set­tlers at Gar­nish in 1763, mar­ried Jane Snook. They were Grandy’s great-great-great-grand­par­ents. In Septem­ber 2011, five of Melvin and Lena’s chil­dren, along with their par­ents went back to the is­land of Jersey in the English Chan­nel in search of their roots.

AL­LAN STOODLEY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Melvin Grandy, a man who has con­trib­uted so much to his com­mu­nity, was hon­oured dur­ing this year’s Gar­nish Bakeap­ple Fes­ti­val. The main gym at the com­mu­nity cen­tre was named the Melvin Grandy Gym­na­sium. Pic­tured (from left) are com­mu­nity cen­tre board chair Theresa Cluett, Grandy, Gar­nish Mayor Michael Ger­aghty and long­time friend and as­so­ciate Ho­ra­tio Cluett.

AL­LAN STOODLEY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Melvin Grandy is cred­ited with hav­ing the vi­sion and then pro­vid­ing the lead­er­ship that led to the con­struc­tion of the town’s first soccer pitch, then a new soccer pitch and af­ter­wards the com­mu­nity cen­tre (pic­tured).

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