Sherman R. Grant of Southington, a combat veteran of World War II
and a loving husband and father, died peacefully March 6, at his home after a brief illness. He was 93. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 61 years, Marjorie K. Grant. Born in Buffalo, NY, Sherman lived most of his life in Connecticut. He grew up in Wolcott, and lived for many years in Waterbury, before moving to Plainville and Southington. For more than two decades he was an agent for Prudential Insurance Co., consistently awarded by the company for his high-level sales performance. Sherman served in the Pacific campaign in World War II, seeing extensive combat duty in the East Indies and New Guinea campaigns. He was a staff sergeant with Battery C, 536th Field Artillery Battalion. After the war, and when his children were young, he and Marjorie often took them camping in the summer, instilling in them a lifelong love of the outdoors. He is survived by his sister, June Gannon of Silver Spring, MD; a daughter, Susan Balsis, and her husband, Joseph, of Chokoloskee, FL; a son, Steve, and his wife, Susan, of Farmington; three granddaughters, Kelli Vitarelli of Waterbury and her husband, Armand, Jodi Famiglietti of Chokoloskee, FL, and her husband, John, and Allison Sterner of Newtown, and her husband, Sean; one grandson, Scott Grant of Brooklyn, NY, and three great grandchildren, Lauren and Hannah Vitarelli, and Cy Sterner. He was pre-deceased by two brothers, Edward Grant and Robert Grant, and a sister, Dorothy Perriello. Sherman especially loved babies and toddlers, as if welcoming each grandchild and great-grandchild into the family with enthusiasm. In Sherman's last year of life, as he struggled with the infirmities of old age, a visit from his great grandson, Cy, who took some of his first steps in front of his great grandfather, always cheered him up. There are no calling hours. A private burial ceremony will be held at the convenience of the family. DellaVecchia Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.