Gordon Grant Jr.
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Gordon Grant Jr., 95, of Tequesta, Fla., a former longtime resident of Hinsdale, passed away Sept. 15, 2021.
Gordon was born in 1925, in Columbia, S.C. He was a graduate of Middlesex School, Concord Mass., and attended Dartmouth College in the V12 program during World War II. He loved telling the story of how he was the center (playing 59 minutes) on the 1944 Dartmouth football team that was defeated by Notre Dame 64-0 in Fenway Park. He graduated from Harvard University in 1947 and spent his career in the toy business, beginning as a buyer at Jordan Marsh in Boston and later becoming national sales manager of Playskool Toys, living in Natick, Mass., Norwalk, Conn., and Hinsdale.
An avid golfer, he moved to Florida 23 years ago, following his marriage to Jane, becoming a member of the Tequesta Country Club.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Novak; her two children, David (Gayle) Novak and Sally (Ron) Engels; his step-grandchildren; his children, Alexander F. (Cathy) Grant, Rosamond (Mike) Diedrich, Deborah (Ken) Koberstein and David W. (Danette) Grant; his daughter-in-law, Deborah D. Grant; his eight grandchildren; his 12 great-grandchildren; his two brothers, Halcott G. Grant and Galt Grant; and many nieces and nephews.
Gordon was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Jean L. Grant; his daughter, Virginia E. Grant; his son, Gordon Grant III; and his sister, Virginia Davenport.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook.
A celebration of life will be held Nov. 21 in Tequesta, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Youth on Course, 3200 Lopez Rd. Pebble Beach, CA 93953 (https://www.youthoncourse.org).
Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.