COLUMBIA FALLS and DENNYSVILLE – Leighton Grant, 80, went home to be with his Lord on Father’s Day, June 20, 2004, at the Calais Regional Hospital. He was born Feb. 2, 1924, in Windsor, Conn., the son of Horace and Elizabeth (Dalby) Grant. Leighton graduated from Columbia Falls High School in June of 1942, and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. One of his proudest accomplishments was serving his country during World War II. He held the rank of Sergeant and saw much action in the Pacific Theatre, where he was a survivor of a Japanese suicide attack on his troop carrier. He was a 50-year member of the American Legion and the VFW. Leighton was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and loved to pursue the white tailed deer. He spent many years harvesting timber in the Columbia Falls area and worked on the building of the Cutler Radar Station. Leighton was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease in 1967. He was lovingly treated by the late Dr. Donald Robertson of Harrington who also became a good friend. He was a man of great determination and won his battle with cancer, remarkably living to see his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he enjoyed. Another one of his hobbies was cooking. He loved to make biscuits and his specialty, New England boiled dinner, which he would hand deliver to many of his friends, doctors and nurses. He was a great storyteller of family history and his many woods adventures. Leighton also supported and encouraged his children and grandchildren to continue their education. He enjoyed watching them grow up, and took great pride in their accomplishments and left many loving memories behind. He was greatly encouraged in his last years by his good friend, Irving “Bub” Parritt and sons. He greatly enjoyed his time answering the phone at the body shop in Steuben. Another person who played an important role in encouraging him was his special cousin, Clifford Grant, of Columbia. In his final days he was lovingly cared for by John and Carrie Stanhope and family and was very happy at their assisted living facility at Dennysville. Leighton is survived by the mother of his children, friend and long time care giver, Alice (Rockwell) Grant of Columbia Falls; his son, Layton Drew Grant and his wife, Janice, of Millinocket; a daughter, Gayle Brown and her companion, Bruce Worcester, of Verona Island; five grandchildren, Jennifer Thibeau and her fianc?, Arnold Locke, of Steuvenville, Ohio, Heather Grant of Auburn, Jonathan Grant and his companion, Katie Goodwin, of Bangor, Matthew Brown of Verona Island, and Celia Johnson and family of Prospect; a great-grandson, Gage Bulley of Millinocket; a brother, Richard Grant and his wife, Patricia, of Columbia Falls; a sister, Madeline Carpenter and her husband, Charles, of Milford; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his oldest daughter, Janice Dawn Grant on May 12, 2004, who lovingly cared for her father throughout the many years of his illnesses. Also preceding him in death were his parents; and a brother, Robert Grant. Graveside funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, June 24, at the Mailley Hill Cemetery, Columbia. Arrangements are by Bragdon-Kelley-Campbell Funeral Home, Milbridge.
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:17 p.m.