EDWIN "ED" GRANAI
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EDWIN "ED" GRANAI - BURLINGTON - Edwin "Ed" Granai, 83, died on Nov. 17, 2014, from prostate cancer. He was born Aug. 16, 1931, in Barre, the son of Ruth (Carpenter) Granai and Cornelius O. Granai Sr. He graduated from Spaulding High School, Antioch College, and Yale Divinity School. In 1954, he married his wife of 60 years, Joanne Dawson of Rockville, Md. As an ordained minister, Ed served a Methodist parish in Stepney, Conn. In 1958, his ministry became voluntary and part time. In the 1980's, he served as a part-time, voluntary Assistant Pastor at Christ Church Presbyterian, Redstone Campus, UVM. His missions from Christ Church included nursing homes, bereavement counseling, and prison ministry. In 1958, Ed began a successful business career with the Procter and Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1969, he returned to Vermont to establish his own business, The Little Professor Book Centers of Vermont, with stores in Burlington and Essex Junction. In 1979, he opened and managed The University Mall in South Burlington for the owner, the Finard Company of Massachusetts. Ed was a Rotary member, University Trustee, United Way volunteer, and a Ronald McDonald House board member. He was a published writer in several national publications. In 2000, Ed's ancestral city, Carrara, Italy, made him an honorary citizen. His travels always included a visit to Italy. Ed's public service included two terms in the Vermont House of Representatives and two terms in the Vermont Senate; he held leadership positions in both legislative bodies. In 1978, he was the Democratic candidate for governor of Vermont, losing to the incumbent governor, Richard Snelling. Winner or loser, Ed always admired the non-partisan integrity of the Vermont political process. He admired Vermont voters, candidates and elected officials at all levels of government; public service was for him an essential and noble component of our democracy. Ed is survived by his wife, Joanne; his children and their spouses, Janet Granai-Benway and Gary Benway, Judith GranaiMartin and David Martin, and Matthew and Kathryn Granai; seven grandchildren, David Dussault Jr., Loni Branon, Jordan Martin, Benjamin Martin, Hayley Martin, Anthony Granai, and Michael Granai; four great-grandchildren, Lyla Dussault, Eli Dussault, Declan Branon, and Kassidy Branon; brother, Cornelius Granai and wife, Loraine; and sister, Carolyn Vercoe. Ed was predeceased by his parents; and brother-in-law, Norman Vercoe. Ed died with his heart full of pride and gratitude for each and every member of his family. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Cathedral, 2 Cherry St., Burlington, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, followed by a reception at the Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ed's memory may be made to Christ Church Presbyterian, c/o St. Paul's Cathedral, 2 Cherry St., Burlington, VT 05401.


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Published in The Burlington Free Press from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2014.
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December 10, 2014
A good man. Selfless and kind; a warm welcome for all. One of a fine family. Our heartfelt condolences to Joanne and Janet, Loni, David, and all the Granais.
Diane and Mark Goodrich
November 29, 2014
For years Ed & Joanne have been guests of mine here at the Tidewater Motel on Vinalhaven Island in Maine. I enjoyed their visits enormously. In particular I enjoyed Ed's early morning visits to the lobby to quiz me on some bit of island history, questions he'd clearly been ruminating over the night before. I'll certainly miss him.
Phil Crossman
November 24, 2014
So sorry to read this news. We were out of town and just got back and want to send our condolences to all the Granai Family. Ed was a great man and it was always a pleasure to bump in to him. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Ellen (Fitts) and Cliff Cooper
November 24, 2014
Matt,
so sorry to hear of your loss.
Deb Kaigle
November 24, 2014
So sorry to hear of you Dad's passing. Losing a loved one takes many years to come to understand and the pain will ease. Sounds like he was an awesome man and you were lucky to have him in your life. Love to you and Gary
Mary Schmitt
November 23, 2014
We're so sorry to hear about your father Janet. Our prayers are with you and your whole family.
Rodney & Debbie Hazen
November 23, 2014
your dad sounds like a really nice man. Sorry, Matt and family, for your loss.
Susan Linnell
November 22, 2014
Dear Granai Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have fond memories of Ed he touched so many lives. May you find comfort in the days ahead with the memories that you shared.

Hope you find comfort in those memories in the days ahead.
Paul Maynard
November 22, 2014
Sincere sympathy to Joanne and family. Ed gave me my first job in Vermont at the new University Mall in 1979. He was the best boss anyone could ask for, always a gentleman, always generous with his time with visitors. Our thoughts are with his family.
Gail Rothenberg
November 22, 2014
Dear Granai Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ed was a very nice man of which I have fond memories. Hope you find comfort in the coming days remembering how much he brought to your lives.
Paul Maynard
November 22, 2014
Ed's death ends what I might call an era here at the Tidewater on Vinalhaven island. He and his dear friends, the Bushnells, have spent a week here each late spring for several years. I looked forward to his early morning visits to my office during which he instilled in 'inquisitive', new meaning. We will all miss him.
November 22, 2014
Matt and family.
My sincere sympathy , you are in my prayers,
Dianne Cota.
November 20, 2014
Dear Joanne, Matt, Kathy and Family,

I am sorry for your loss. I am sure you will find, that he has touched and influenced many lives. Ed and Joanne have certainly influenced mine.

All of you are in my thoughts.
Greg Mitchell
November 20, 2014
Janet, Benny and Family, so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
Larry & Tina Barbeau
November 20, 2014
Our condolences to the Granai family and especially Judith and David on your loss. Ed was a great guy and a competitor in the book business. I always enjoyed talking with him as he had such a command of thoughts and happenings. Truly a great loss...
Eric & Ginger Johnson
November 20, 2014
My condolences to your family. I just recently got to know Ed at Snap Fitness and he always brought a smile to my face with his warm greeting: "Hello, Neighbor."
Patrick Standen
November 20, 2014
Janet,and the Granai family. sending out thoughts at this sad time for you all.
tom gordon
November 20, 2014
dear Matt, i was saddened to hear of your fathers passing. My prayers are will you.. Paul M
November 20, 2014
Our love and blessings to all the Granai family for their loss. Cousin Alice and Family
November 20, 2014
What a precious, precious man...my dear friend,Ed. Thank you so very much for letting me be a part of your life. My sympathy to the entire Granai family. He was the greatest teacher of life.
I first met Ed about 25 years ago when he came to our recreation program for children with disabilities..."The Kids at J. C. Park". There he volunteer to transport a child, who lived in Jericho, to and from the program. He did this for many years...with joy in his heart and a smile that warmed everyone. Then in 1990 he helped us to heal from one of the saddest times in our life... the loss of our son, Skip. Then in a more joyful time he did us the honor of mentoring and marrying our youngest son, Matthew. And then, his wonderful son, Matt was very instrumental in hiring our daughter, Holly, into the Merchants Trust Family. Following in his fathers footsteps...he continued to mentor and stay loyal to their friendship. David and I are forever grateful for you sharing this wonderful man with us. May God bless you all.

Dawn, David, Skip, Holly and Matt Bombard
November 20, 2014
Janet ,Gary and family I remember your father very well. He always spoke to us when he would patronize Howard Jonhsons. Chuck remembers the many committees he and your Dad served on and of course his walking past HOJOS every day on his way to U-Mall. He was a true gentleman.
Our thoughts are with you. Linda and Chuck
Linda/Chuck Lnglois/Munson
November 20, 2014
Dear Joanne and family, Carolyn and Kayo,
I am sad to read of Ed's death. He was the first boy I had a crush on when I was 10 years old and delivered fresh milk to the Granai camp in South Hero from our McBride farm. He was a chubby, cute boy back then oh so long ago. It was nice to see both of you when I worked at UVM sports events, and Ed gave me a signed copy of his book. My prayers go out to all of you at this sad time.
Sincerely
Sue McBride Crowley
South Hero
November 20, 2014
Matt and Family,So sorry to learn about your dad. My sincere sympathy to you and your family....Chris Allard
November 20, 2014
Judy and Janet,
My most sincere condolences for your father's passing. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
Very sincerely,
Kim Auer Abramovich
November 19, 2014
My condolences to Janet,Gary and all the Granai family. Another angel to be watching over all of you from up above. RIP
Cookie Manning
November 19, 2014
Our deepest sympathy to the entire family especially Joanne and Matt. He touched so many in his various careers. He will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Allen & Anne Kieslich
November 19, 2014
To Janet and family, so sorry on the lost of your dad. I also know how hard it is to lose a parent but his memories will keep you strong. Sorry I won't be able to attend the services but I'll be thinking of you all. My Sincere Sympathy to you all again.
Raymond Sicotte
November 19, 2014
May you RIP
sandi granai
November 19, 2014
Sending God's blessing on each member of the Granai family in the passing of Ed - my grandmother was Martha Granai Ford - Ed was very instrumental in letting all Granai's know of their heritage - he will truly be missed by many!!!
Michelle Drum
November 19, 2014
Matt, I am sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. If your life and the lives of your children are any kind of testimony, he was a very successful, loving man. I hope that your future holds many fond memories for years to come.
Peter Stapleford
November 19, 2014
My deepest sympathy to you Joanne and to your children and their families.
Polly Nichols
November 19, 2014
To; The Granai family my deepest sorrow. Ed gave me my first baseball glove,we use to play catch. He will be missed by all who knew him.



















































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Conrad Estivill
November 19, 2014
Dear Joanne, We are so glad that we were able to know Ed,even for a few years. With much love, Skip and John
November 19, 2014
We are so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. We remember him as a warm and kind man with a beautiful smile. Our sincere condolences to the entire family.
Debbie and Jack Mozes
November 19, 2014
Terri and I are so very sorry to hear of Ed's passing. We both got to know Ed well in the world of Vermont polotics, but it was as a friend and advisor that we will remember him best. He was, without question, one of the best of all the many folks we have crossed paths with.

Ed was a wonderful man, and we appreciate all he did for us, and our community and State during his lifetime. He certainly has earned a front row seat in Heaven.

RIP.
Rich & Terri Feeley
November 19, 2014
Ours prayers & love with everyone who was close to him and may he find peace. Lots of love for the family
Lelio Conserva
November 19, 2014
Joanne & family - We are so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories.
Leslie Kinney
November 18, 2014
Judy & Family - you are in my thoughts and prayers ... Terri Auer Mitchell
November 18, 2014
Judy - you & family are in my thoughts and prayers ... Terri Auer Mitchell
November 18, 2014
Janet,my prayers are with you and your family.May God bless you all.
Kim Greenough
November 18, 2014
Joanne & family - We are so very sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained an amazing man! I will always remember his cheerfulness & positive attitude in the face of adversity. Rest in Peace Ed, until we meet again.....??
Leslie Kinney
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