Grant  Putnam

Grant Wilfred Putnam

Friday, July 31st, 1942 - Monday, May 11th, 2020
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Putnam, Grant Wilfred, age 78 – Debert. We are deeply saddened by the passing of Grant Wilfred Putnam, age 78, on May 11, 2020. After a lengthy illness, he was fortunate to spend his final weeks at his beloved country home in Debert where he had recently celebrated 56 years of marriage with his wife, Phyllis. Having returned to renovate and retire in the house where he was born and raised by Albert and Beryl Putnam, he was most at peace in his garden, blueberry fields, or walking to the river through the forest trails. He always had time for everyone and was known for his excellent stories, often flavored with colloquial sayings and colorful descriptors that ensured each story was rewarded with more laughs. He was happiest when surrounded by his family and one of his great joys was to open his home for lively gatherings with friends where he passed on his appreciation of music, food and drink to all who were in attendance.
Grant was the youngest of four siblings and while he loved to work in the woods with his father he went on to attend Mount Allison and eventually settled into a successful automotive parts business in Truro with his cousin and long-time friend, Doug Simpson. In his youth, he was an accomplished sprinter winning many 100-yard dashes. Most said it was his lighting quick start, but we all knew it was his fierce competitive spirit that won him all those races! Grant had a strong passion for sailing and although he loved the race, he enjoyed the camaraderie of his sailing mates on the Hiflite even more. He also had a great love for live music and took great pleasure in attending many concerts and festivals over the years. He and Phyllie never missed the Stanfest and often welcomed and fed the many drop-ins during the highly entertaining Putnam trailer jams.
While Grant was a hard-working man of many accomplishments, the achievements that mattered most to him came from his roles as husband, father, grandfather, and loyal friend to many. He loved nothing more than to gather and enjoy good times with the people he cherished so please feel free to celebrate his life with a song, poem or a toast.
Grant is survived by his wife Phyllis (Langille); children, Kirby (Leslie) and Natalie (Danny); grandchildren, Sydney, Madeleine, Ava, Corey, Maggie, Samuel, Hannah; great-grandchildren, Kiran, Avi and Eleanor; predeceased by his son, Andrew; survived by his sister Marie (Slack); predeceased by his parents Albert and Beryl, brothers Glen and Ralph; and many cherished others.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. A celebration of Grant’s life will be held at a later date when restrictions ease. Please send your family condolences via email to Donations may be made to the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, Dr. Andrew Putnam Studentship in Mental Health Research,
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Debbie maclellan

Posted at 06:14am
Thinking of you at this most difficult time. In spite of the restrictions in place please know you are surrounded by so many who surround you with love and support as you navigate the difficult days ahead. Sincerely, Debbie and Gus Maclellan.

Phyllis MacKay

Posted at 07:28pm
Dear Phyllis - Paul and I were so saddened when we heard about Grant. His loss must be terribly painful for you. Among Grant's other attributes, you will miss his ready wit, smile and banter. Take heart Phyllis, Grant is now with Andrew and Doug. Take care of yourself and rely on family and friends to get you through this heartbreaking time. We adjust our lives but never get over the loss of loved ones. Sincerest sympathy to you and your family. Phyllis French MacKay

Posted at 02:13pm
I just heard of Grants passing and am so sorry. I grew up beside Grant in Debert and always thought he was a Hunk and like many other younger girls, had a crush on him.:) We walked to the bus together along with other neighbours and he was always laughing and had that special smile and grin. I am so sorry for the family and please know I am thinking of you.

With deepest sympathy
Denise( mcnutt) macleod

Marie Hanrahan

Posted at 11:21am
Sending deepest condolences to all the family at this difficult time, and hoping the many lively memories of Grant will carry you through.
Much Love,
Marie Hanrahan

John and Cathie Murray

Posted at 08:49am
Phyllis and Family: Our thoughts are with you at thus time. I first met Grant back in the mid 80's and always remember his attention to detail and kindness. Truly an amazing guy who treasured family and so many positive attributes. This time of year we would connect with discussion around bees and pollination. He will be truly missed in so many circles.

John and Cathie Murray

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