John Lance Grant

August 21, 1946July 23, 2018

On the happy day of August 21, 1946, John Lance Grant entered this world. Too soon, on the very sad day of July 23, 2018, at only 71 years old, John left the world. He was the kindest and gentlest of men.

John was born and raised in San Diego, CA. He was the son of the late Robert Grant, Jr. and Leah Brown Grant, also of San Diego. He graduated from Point Loma High School, and then attended San Diego State University as a philosophy major. In 1967, John joined the Peace Corps and served for two years in South Korea. He was a rural health worker, fighting Korea’s number one killer at the time, tuberculosis. It was during training for the Peace Corps at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM, that he met his wife, Joan Witt.

Following the Peace Corps, they lived in Churubusco, NY, for eight years, where their two sons, Jordan and Ian were born, and then in Malone NY, for seven more years. John was a master gardener. On his gentleman’s farm, he grew organic vegetables, raised beef and chickens, and bred goats. At the same time he worked for North Star Industries, a nonprofit organization that served physically and mentally disabled adults.

He and his family moved to Eastham, MA, on Cape Cod in 1986, where he continued his work at Nauset Workshop, now Cape Abilities. In 1994, they moved to Orleans. John earned a Master’s Degree at Russell Sage, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He worked for 14 years at Cape Cod Community College both as a grant writer and as Director of Institutional Research and Development.

John had a brilliant mind, and was a lover of books. He was a political junky, a student of history, a painter, a writer, and a musician.

He loved his family above all else. He was a perfect father and model for his sons, a loving husband, a dear and gentle Opa, and a kind and generous friend to all.

John leaves his wife, Joan Grant of Orleans, his son, Jordan Grant and daughter-in-law Emily Villagio Grant of Scituate, MA, his son Ian Grant and daughter-in-law Amy Gibson-Grant of Takoma Park, MD, five grandchildren, Cassidy, Matilda, Zoe, Owen, and Mia, brother Nicholas Grant, sister and brother-in-law Lucy and Michael Vance, sister and brother-in-law Laura and Hugh Largey, and several nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed. He gave us everything he had.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later time. Donations in his name can be made to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, N.M., and Hope Hospice at 73 Service Road, Sandwich, MA


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Barbara Johnson

August 10, 2018


I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of meeting you at CCB&T and meeting John.
I wonder if the Oxsolis is still alive. I remember John loving to garden. I also remember when he
got the red truck. My Craig was so envious, but finally got one many years later. Anyway, we haven"t connected in many years, but I have never forgotten how kind you both were and when things settle
down, maybe we have coffee.

Love, Barbara Johnson

Ross and Carol Poupore

August 7, 2018

We met John and Joan when they moved next door to us in small town of Churubusco. The boys were then born. Such beautiful people! John was a great man and loving neighbor missed by many when they moved. We are sad to hear of his passing. Our sympathy goes out to Joan, Jorden and Ian and family

Allen Larson

August 2, 2018

The common thread that linked me with John was CCCC. In every context there, John brought calmness, a respectful demeanor and clarity of thought. Meetings ended with people feeling closer together rather than further apart. A wonderful man.

Lloyd Sheldon Johnson

August 1, 2018

I am saddened by the news of John's crossing and pray the Divine Spirit will provide Joan and the family with the comfort they need at this time. John was a kind and gentle man, a powerful soul with a deep compassion and sensitivity; he was most special and most understanding. I will cherish the strong memories I have of him and the special moments we shared. His spirit, eternal, will always be a part of the energy of the many people whose lives he touched!

Jeanmarie Fraser

July 30, 2018

It saddens me to hear the world has lost a wonderful person, I remember John with nothing but a smile on my face. My office at Cape Cod Community College was in the Library, as was John's, and I had the great pleasure to see him almost every day, coming and going to work, lunch, meetings, etc. Gentle, funny, soft spoken, warm, caring, compassionate, these are his qualities I remember most. I remember the year he won the prize for best Halloween costume when he was dressed as a french green bean (think of a green Robin Hood wearing a beret). Who couldn't smile? I extend my deepest sympathies to John's family. How blessed you were to have him.

Barbara Cazorla

July 30, 2018

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened . Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha

In memory of John Grant whose light he shared with so many

Debbie Durward

July 30, 2018

My prayers are with Joan ,Jordan ,Ian and all of your families at this time with the loss of your loved one .

Susan Miller

July 30, 2018

I had the good fortune to work with John during his years at Cape Cod Community College. John was a wonderful colleague. John motivated me to start and complete my doctorate at UMASS Boston. My sympathies go to his family.

Elise Miller

July 29, 2018

I knew John when he lived in San Diego after he returned from the Peace Corps. We met through friends he had made prior to the PC. At that point, he was finishing his degree in philosophy at San Diego State, where our friends-in-common and I were also studying. John was a kind, generous, witty friend. He always went out of his way to help people. I haven't seen him since he was out here in San Diego about 20 years ago, but I vividly recall his infectious laughter, his inquisitive mind, his love of politics and philosophy, his commitment to making the world a better place. From what I can tell, he accomplished his mission. Not only did he and Joan raise a loving family, but he worked in situations requiring utmost sensitivity to the needs of others. RIP, Sweet Spirit! You will be missed and loved forever.

Gerry & Shirley Witt

July 28, 2018

John was a gentleman and a gentle man! Always wanted John on my team when we played trivial pursuit . ...but he never wanted me on his team. Will be missed.
God Bless
Shirley and Gerry Witt