OBITUARY

Grant Wilson Kurtz

January 19, 1942October 27, 2020

Grant Wilson Kurtz, 78, passed away on October 27, 2020 in Naples, FL.

Grant was born in Lancaster, Ohio, to a doctor and a nurse. His father became an anesthesiologist and moved his family to Grosse Pointe, Michigan. After graduating from Grosse Pointe high school, Grant went to Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, where he met his wife of 55 years Christine Anderson Kurtz. He graduated in 1964 and taught junior high school math and science and coached three sports.

After their marriage in 1965, Grant and Chris moved to Marion, Ohio, where Grant was a stockbroker and then to Columbus, Ohio, so that Grant could begin to advance his career. In 1986 they moved to Hartford, Connecticut, where Grant joined the Advest Group management team eventually rising to Chairman-CEO. Grant retired in 2004 and he and Chris became full-time residents of Bonita Springs, Florida. They moved to Moorings Park at Grey Oaks in Naples in 2017.

Grant enjoyed many accomplishments in his life, some of those included holding roles as Business Conduct Committee and District Committee’s for the National Association of Securities Dealers, Regional Firms Committee and winner of the Chairman’s Award with the Securities Industry Association, Board of Directors for the Ohio Wesleyan University and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford, the Connecticut Council on Economic Education, Chairman of campaign raising $27 million for the United Way and the President of the Connecticut River’s Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Grant was an avid fan of the University of Michigan (Go Blue), a lifetime member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, actively involved in many charitable organizations, and he was a loving father and husband. Grant was a joy to be around and made everyone feel like his “ol’ buddy”. He took great pleasure in the friendships and connections he made throughout his life. All will miss his generous spirit, his positive disposition, and his infectious laugh.

Grant is survived by his wife, Chris Kurtz, as well as his daughter, Kathleen Spiers (Robbie Spiers) and her two children Grant and Austin, and his daughter, Holly Kurtz (William Andrea) and her two children Astrid and Harry. He is also survived by his brothers, Harry Kurtz and Ted Kurtz and their wives and children. He was predeceased by his brother, Stan Kurtz.

Our family is grateful for the support and love we have received from all of Grant’s friends and devoted caregivers. A Celebration of Grant’s life will be held at Bower Chapel at Moorings Park in Naples, FL at a later date.

To honor his memory, please consider memorial contributions in Grant’s name to one of the following organizations: United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee, 7273 Concourse Dr., Fort Meyers, FL 33908 or Moorings Park Foundation, 120 Moorings Park Dr., Naples, FL 34105 or Ohio Weslyan University, 61 South Sandusky St. Advancement office, Delaware, OH 43015, 740-368-3315, advancement operations@owu.edu.

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Barry and Sandy Demovsky

November 8, 2020

We are so sorry to learn of Grant's passing. We meet Grant when Barry was a co-manager of the Ohio Company office in Chicago. We enjoyed being with Grant and Chris on the many Ohio Club trips to Europe and the Caribbean. We wish that we knew that you were here in Naples. We would have loved to see you as we live at the Quarry.

Adrian Banky

November 8, 2020

I knew Grant through his participation in the work of the Securities Industry Association of which I was a part. We lost contact after we both retired and I was not aware we were both living in Naples. I remember Grant as cheerful, competent, optimistic, a leader. A good man who was interested in and cared about other people. Blessings.

Sally Gifford

November 8, 2020

We will all miss Grant, a friendly and involved member of our Florida community! Chris, my experiences with my late husband's journey with Alzheimers make an extra sisterhood for us.
Sally Gifford

Tom Barber

November 5, 2020

I was shocked and saddened to learn of Grants passing. Not only was he a great leader and mentor to me but he was also a dear friend. We shared many great times over the years since he joined Advest in 1986. He was always upbeat with a smile on his face and he loved to say everything was “fantastic”. He will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to know him. My thoughts and prayers go out to Chris, his family and his many friends.

KK (Kurtz)Spiers

November 5, 2020

I was so incredibly blessed to have him as my dad! He was my biggest fan always cheering and encouraging me in all that I did. His laugh was the best medicine. His competitive spirit lives on thru me and my sons. But the best quality was his commitment and love to my mom. So thankful for all the memories I have especially of his smile and laugh.

Scott Williford

November 5, 2020

Mr Kurtz was a great leader and a wonderful man. He made a positive impact where ever he was. He was definitely FANTASTIC! , and will be missed but never forgotten.

Rose Lavandero

November 4, 2020

The best brother in law ! Grant always welcomed me and helped to make me feel like part of the family. His energy and generosity of spirit knew no bounds and I know will continue to propel others forward.... the infectious smile, joyfulness, love and acceptance touched me deeply and I’m lucky to have Grant as a brother in law and also a friend. Grant’s energy is now more profoundly bound within our Universe and in those that he loved most deeply ~ Chris, his daughters, grandchildren, siblings , nieces and nephews, friends and colleagues.
Grant touched so many in a positive way!
A truly unforgettable nan !

Janet Ramos

November 4, 2020

My deepest condolences to all of Grants family and friends.
I will always remember how kind Grant was. I remember being nervous around him at first, but one day we passed each other in the hall and he gave me a big smile and asked how I was doing, and listened to me, then told me to have a wonderful day. He was always smiling.
Rest in peace Mr. Kurtz.

Ellen Bowden

November 4, 2020

I will always remember Grant’s smile and energy. Grant loved Pickleball and bocce. Most of all Grant had an abundance of love and pride of his family. May good memories sustain all the family during these difficult days..
Ellen Bowden

Holly Kurtz

November 4, 2020

I love you and miss you, Dad. You were the best father a daughter could ask for.

FROM THE FAMILY

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