Michael J. Grant, 75, Great Bend

GREAT BEND, NY — Michael J. Grant, 75, Route 3, Great Bend, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, at Samaritan Medical Center.

A prayer service will be 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home with a 10 a.m. funeral Mass at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Jonas Tondayu officiating. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery. Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home.

Born March 26, 1943, in Watertown, a son to Jerry and Flora Mecomonaco Grant, he graduated from Holy Family school and from Immaculate Heart Academy in 1961.

Following his high school education, Michael served active duty in the US Air Force from 1962 to 1966, and was stationed in San Antonio, Texas, and Yokahama, Japan, in the personnel departments. He received a degree in data processing from Jefferson Community College in 1975.

Michael went to work at the New York Air Brake follow his honorable discharge from the military. He retired in 2006 as the Administration Liaison between manufacturing and sales at the Air Brake. After retiring from the Air Brake, Michael served as financial administrator for the Sacred Heart Missionaries and Church.

Michael was a member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, serving as a lector and eucharistic minister. He served on the church’s finance council, worked bingo and assisted the incoming pastors at the church.

Mike was an avid bowler and received many awards as a member of the 800 Club.

During his retirement, Mike and Elaine enjoyed traveling to various places throughout the US and Canada and spent many winters in Phoenix, AZ.

He is survived by his wife Elaine (Sholett) Grant, Great Bend; a son, Matthew (Margaret) Grant, Watertown; two daughters, Nicole Grant, Charleston, SC, and Alexandra (Monte) Prow, Boise, Idaho; seven grandchildren and a great-grandson; two sisters, Claudia (Don) Paddock, AZ, and Mary Anne (John) Collins, TN; several nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, Timothy J. and Gary S., both died before him.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Church or the American Heart Association.

Online condolences can be made at www.reedbenoit.com.