James R. Grant

CHELSEA – James R. Grant, 77, hunter, fisherman, inventor, and connoisseur of old Western television shows and movies, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 2, 2021, at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta. He was devoted to the love of his life, Gloria Simmons.James was born Jan. 4, 1944, in Vassalboro, son of the late Henry and Jean C. (Boggs) Grant. He was a resident of Chelsea, previously residing in Windsor.James had a career as a watchperson for the State of Maine’s Capitol Police before retiring. He was a very creative, good natured, quiet and passionate man who enjoyed home cooked food, going out to eat, and particularly visiting the Chinese buffet with family and friends. He also enjoyed eavesdropping on emergency and public safety radio communications with his scanners and talking on his CB.In addition to his loved and devoted life-partner Gloria, James is survived by his three children Nathan Grant of Brunswick, Mason Grant of Bath and Melissa Rizer of Auburn. He is also survived by Gloria’s family, Virgil Simmons, Sue Chipman, Bonnie Augustine, and friend Todd Austin. James was predeceased by his sister, Maple Christie.In honor of James’ wishes, services and burial will be held privately. Arrangements are in the care of the Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church St. Augusta where condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.

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