Melvin Grandy honoured during Garnish Bakeapple Festival
Community centre gym named after dedicated resident
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.
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.
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).