Richard "Rick" E. Grant

November 26, 1950September 7, 2021

Richard E. “Rick” Grant, age 70, passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. He was the loving husband of Arlene (Robinson) Grant to whom he was married for 40 years.

Born in Fall River a son of Helen (LeBlanc) Grant and the late Francis R. Grant he was a longtime resident of Sterling, CT.

A graduate of BMC Durfee High School, Class of 1968 he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Rhode Island College in 1993. Mr. Grant worked as a Welder/Shipfitter for Electric Boat for 8 years and spent 25 years as a Transportation Planner retiring from Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments in Essex, CT in 2017.

A long-time CTCA member, judge, and former CTCA newsletter editor, Rick and his surviving wife Arlene bred Cairn Terriers under the Castlerock kennel prefix for over 38 years. Rick held many positions at local kennel clubs and was the AKC Delegate for the Providence County Kennel Club. He taught a breed handling class for many years and instructed 4H and Junior Showmanship children on the art of showing dogs. He was the president of the Owner Handler Association of America.

An avid reader and book collector he had enjoyed traveling with his wife in their motor home for the past 22 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sisters, Nancy Wood and her husband Dr. Warren Wood, Sharon Gagne and Kathleen Reynolds and one brother, William Grant and his wife Michele. He was the brother of the late Roland Grant.

His Funeral Service will be held on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 10:15 am in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Cherry Place, 178 Winter Street, Fall River. Burial will be private. Contributions in his honor may be made to Owner Handler Association of America, c/o Victoria Glickstein, 1901 Edge Hill Rd., Abington, PA 19001.


  • Arlene (Robinson) Grant, Wife
  • Helen (LeBlanc) Grant, Mother
  • The late Francis R. Grant, Father
  • Nancy Wood and her husband Dr. Warren Wood, Sister
  • William Grant and his wife Michele, Brother
  • Sharon Gagne, Sister
  • Kathleen Reynolds, Sister
  • The late Roland Grant, Brother

  • Owner Handler Association of America, c/o Victoria Glickstein


  • Funeral Service

    Monday, September 20, 2021

  • Burial

    Monday, September 20, 2021


Richard "Rick" E. Grant

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Chrissy Speciale

September 20, 2021

It is with great sadness that I write this goodbye on earth to such a beautiful man. Rick thank you for all you have done for my family as well as my 4H family. You stepped in to help teach our children the art of dog handling. You always had your fun sense of humor and always smiled no matter how much they messed up. Thank you for being at every class, every 4H meeting and every dog show to cheer them on. Thank you for being our 4 H Judge for so many fairs. Thank you for the many baked goods that you would drop off at my house to share a recipe. Thank you for being you. Our lives were deeply enriched by your knowledge, friendship and love. Hugs from afar until we get to give you hugs again.

Ruth Gordon

September 18, 2021

Rick will be missed by all. You were always a kind, considerate gentleman. When the dog shows were at Thayer arena and the Ryan Center, you were always working hard. I respected your knowledge and how you were always helping the Juniors. They have gained so much from you. You worked so hard in all your varied jobs.
Rest in Peace Rick.

Carol and Dave Williams

September 16, 2021

I remember the very first time I met Rick , at the Conformation Ring for Cairn Terriers at a show in RI.
His favorite Cairn, Bart ,was there , distinguished by his jet black coat and very large terrier teeth.
We had known Arlene for years through the hospital, but meeting Rick doing what he loved at the ring , we knew that here was a person doing what he loved best and with the people and dogs he loved most.
We kept in touch through the years, and brought two Castlerock Cairns home with us, Kismet and Neo.
Someone mentioned the Rainbow Bridge and all the tails wagging when Rick joined the dogs he and Arlene bred and shared and showed and traveled with throughout all the years.
Arlene was Terrier tough during those last months.
We salute her courage !
How we will miss seeing them both when the shows begin again in RI.

Mary Goss

September 15, 2021

I cannot forget Rick’s advice about pulling down a blown coat on my first ever Cairn.
He would help if asked and was a great judge at our Housatonic Club Fun Day at Ellie Buesing’s. He was a concerned member of our club and offered some interesting events.

Kathy and Bob Laquerre

September 13, 2021

Rick, we are so grateful to have had your friendship for the past 25+ years. It was through our mutual love of the Cairn Terrier breed that we were first introduced all those years ago. Since then we had grown close and had come to know and love you as a fun loving, deeply caring man, devoted to your wife, Arlene, dedicated to all your friends and to the many lucky Castlerock Cairns and animals that you nurtured and held so close.

We will always treasure the memories of our fun times together.We have been blessed with the opportunity to have crossed paths in our lives and share your friendship. We thank you for that.

We know you have reunited with all the furry friends you had been missing and have crossed over Rainbow Bridge together with them, never to be separated again. What a reunion that must have been! We will remember you there, with them, and picture the scene we had witnessed so many times of them climbing all over you, tails wagging, licking your face.

You will be sorely missed and never forgotten.

Bob Laquerre

September 13, 2021

My dear friend Rick has a great zest and passion for life, he seems to have an endless resource of great energy and drive for what ever passion was going on in his life, now or after. I had the wonderful opportunity to share some of those life moments with him in our 29 years of friendship and I cherish them dearly! What defines a friend? Is is the moments we shared in talk, is it the moments we did not share talk..... or is it the moments we will share yet again in a different light?
I will miss my dear friend, until we talk again. We will pick up where we left off.

Susie Leahy

September 13, 2021

Rick, thank you for being a wonderful dog handling mentor to Brigid for the past five+ years. Your generosity, kindness and care was genuine and we are deeply grateful. We appreciate your introducing Brigid to the Westminister Dog Shows in NYC, providing tickets and guidance and dinners on the town, and for naming Brigid as co-owner of your precious pup so that she could show in 4H and AKC shows. You healed her broken heart back in the day and changed her life for the better. We will always remember you, your gentle humor and the love and care you show the dogs and everyone around you. Thank you for being you and enriching life as we know it.

Vickie Glickstein

September 12, 2021

Rest In Peace Rick. Arlene, you gave Rick the best care possible and I hope you find comfort in knowing that. I have so many fond memories of the times I spent with both of you. His dedication to OHA and the juniors is a big loss for our club. Arlene you are in my thoughts and prayers. Vickie

Sharon Howse

September 11, 2021

We are so very sorry about Rick. My husband, Jerry called Rick "his little brother". We knew Rick and Arlene through the dogs. Sending prayers and condolences to Arlene and the family.
Sharon & Jerry Howse