CLYDE, N.Y. / Liberty, S.C. - Grantleigh VanCleaf, Jr. 62, formerly of Clyde, died on Sunday (June 23, 2012) in South Carolina.
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Grant was born on May 2, 1950, the son of Grantleigh and Catherine Sebastiano VanCleaf. He grew up in Clyde and attended Clyde Schools. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served his country during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for his wounds received during combat. Grant had lived everyday of his life true to the Marine Corps Prayer. He was proud to be a US Marine and the qualities of being a Marine were expressed everyday through his loyalty, honesty, generosity, forgiveness, and love that he showed toward family, friends and strangers. In 1986, he moved to Liberty, S.C. and began his own locksmithing business. In April of 2012, after 30 years in business he retired. Throughout his years in his community, he served as a volunteer fireman, a member of the auxiliary police and a member of the Patriot Guard. He also was a contributor to many military Veterans organizations.
He is survived by the love of his life, Faye; his children Billy (Ashley) Rider, Tonya VanCleaf , Miranda VanCleaf, Jim (Laura) Masser, Jenni (Dan) Inman and Leigh (Randy) Fields; several grandchildren; his sisters Katherine VanCleaf and Michelle (Fred) Lauster; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He will also be greatly missed by his loyal canine companions Roxanne and Minnie.
Grant was pre-deceased by his parents, grandparents, his brother Roland; Uncle Joe Padilla; Teresa Jones, Crystal Masser and Donald Masser.
For online condolences and more information, please visit:
Baris Funeral Home
87 West Genesee Street
Clyde, NY 14433
Published in Finger Lakes Times on July 2, 2012