H. Grantham Hirons

H. Grantham Hirons of Cranston, RI died unexpectedly at Rhode Island Hospital February 16th at the age of 84. He had a long career in advertising and marketing during which he served as a divisional advertising manager for American Optical Co. in Southbridge for 15 years. He later served as Vice President of Operations for a division of Bates Fabrics of Lewiston, ME, retiring from that position. He later worked part time as a security officer at the Rhode Island School of Design museum. Grant was also very active in the Rhode Island Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was a charter member of the Bristol chapter and later served as President. He also held several state offices in the organization and was named as one of the top ten Outstanding National Directors in the Country. Grant was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy, WWII and Korea. Grant leaves his wife Barbara, a daughter, Beth Kidwell and her husband Michael of South Dennis, MA, a son, Chris Hirons and his wife Donna of Worcester, MA, two grandsons, a great grandson and two step children, Wendy O’Connell and her husband Richard of Cranston and Steven Burgess and his wife Amy of Cranston. A Memorial Service will be held in St. Michael’s Episcopal Church 399 Hope Street Bristol on Monday February 27th at 10:00am. Burial will follow in North Cemetery, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rhode Island Heart Association.

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Al and Gail Poirier - 02/18/2012

Chris, We send our love and sympathy for you and your family. He was a great guy and we enjoyed being in his company.

Trish Bourassa - 02/19/2012

He was a great father-in-law and gramp. He will be sorely missed by so many. Grant was a class act who was lucky to have you al.

Ron and Cheryl Servant - 02/19/2012

So sorry to hear of Grant's passing. He was a sweet man and always had a story or a joke to tell. Our deepest sympathy.

Jim Keyes - 02/19/2012

Sorry for your loss, Chris.

Jennifer Hirons - 02/22/2012

Sympathy for the whole family sorry for your loss.

The Boitano Family - 02/23/2012

Very sorry for your loss, Grant was a great guy.

Jean Hoenig - 02/23/2012

As an old friend of Grant and a former American Optical employee, I wish to express my sincere sympathy to Barbara, Chris, Beth and family in the passing of such a wonderful person.

Rhode Island JAYCEES and the RI JCI Senate - 02/23/2012

The Rhode Island JAYCEES and the RI JCI Senate, extend their deepest condolences and kind affection, to the families & friends of the late, beloved, H. Grantham 'Grant' Hirons.

The JAYCEES of all ages, persuasions and backgrounds, along with their categorical rankings of Alumni, Associates, Ambassadors, Honoraria, Life, JCI Senators, RI JAYCEE Governors and Sustaining Members, offer our heartfelt remembrance and organizational praise to our loving brethren, 'Grant'.

Within our extensive and dedicated rank and file over many decades of extraordinary community service and communal management, we are humbled and proud to acknowledge as a remarkable public service leader, Grant's career in JAYCEES and his outstanding service with the illustrious RI JCI Senate as well as being so honored as an Outstanding National Director by the United States Junior Chamber.

We additional highlight Grant's distinguished military service within the Department of the U.S. Navy doing tours of duty in World War II and the Korean War.

Grant's pedigree of family, service, country and community is totally extraordinary ... as all Rhode Islanders should be so proud of such volunteer action, armed service loyalty and community service achievement.

May the Blessings of Our True and Living God be always with Grant and shared with family and friends forevermore.

With Eternal and Fraternal Love,

We Are, the Rhode Island Junior Chamber('JAYCEES') & RI JCI Senate.

Barbara and Pete - 02/26/2012

Sorry For Your Loss

Dave Roderick, JCI Senate Treasurer - 02/26/2012

Barbara, I was real sorry to get the news that Grant had passed and my thoughts and prayers are now with you. Grant really loved the Jaycees and JCI Senate and I for one apprecited his involvement over the past several years and the fact that you could attend Fall Frolic provided an even better chance to talk and share memories. Although I do plan to attend the Memorial Service at St. Michael's, you should know that we will miss him.

Walter Cahoon # 27223, Region I Chaplain, New Engl - 02/29/2012

Barbara, please accept the condolences of the entire members of the Region I JCI Senate. I met Grant several times at the summer socials in Rhode Island, and enjoyed talking to him very much. Cathy and I extend our deepest sympathies to you at this difficult time.

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