GRANT, Dr. Harold Laurier May 15, 1927 - November 28 , 2012 Born in Guysborough, Nova Scotia. Harold was a brilliant, kind, generous gentleman who will be deeply missed by his daughter, Laurie Kathryn Grant, his son, Peter Murray Grant, his grandson Harley Jaymes Grant, his sister Marion Joan McQuinn, his nieces and nephews Elizabeth, Russell, Alex, Dan, John, Ian and Ella and other family members. In Harold's early years, he lived above the Guysborough Post Office. Harold's mother Marion, a school teacher gave him a head start on his education. He excelled and in 1949 at 22, had a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics from Acadia University and a Masters in Physics from the University of Western Ontario. He was 23 when he arrived in Victoria on the afternoon ferry Dominion Day, July 1, 1950 to join the Pacific Naval Laboratory as Defense Scientist. Little did he know that this would be his home for the rest of his life. In 1953 he met Teddy (Lesley Murray) as members of the Victoria Theatre Guild. In 1954, they married and went to Cambridge, England where Harold received his PhD in Physics. They returned to Victoria, September 1957 and shortly after arriving back at Pacific Naval Laboratories, Harold went on a lecture circuit to John Hopkins University, the University of Michigan, the National Bureau of Standards, Harvard, and MIT. Harold also excelled in his career; in 1961 working with the United States Navy, 1962 taking over Fluid Dynamics, 1966 Head - Marine Physics Section 1 and Head - Fluid Dynamics, 1973 Director - Physics Research, 1981 Chief – Defense Research Establishment Pacific (DREP) and in October 1985 - Retired. For 35 years, Harold was an important member of the work conducted by DREP. He was married to Teddy until her passing in April 2005 and together they raised two children, Laurie and Peter. He remained in the home where they celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary until the last few weeks of his life. Harold was an avid gardener at Admirals Rd and Seamist Court, an ardent sailor - sailing an El Toro at the Canadian Forces Sailing Association (Esquimalt Squadron) and racing on the Gorge, Council President, Mattick's Green Strata and always with a keen interest in nature, science, and truth. There are many people to thank for their loving support for the last few years of his life. The family is extremely grateful to the Urquharts, the Van Der Leedens, the Godfreys, the Evans and B. Hughes. Many thanks to Dr. Marsh, the nurses and the support staff at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital for their kind care and compassion. There will be no service at his request. A celebration of his life will be held in the Summer 2013. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, or the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre Society (VEPC) or to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist from Dec. 2 to Dec. 8, 2012