Brian Michael Grant, state park ranger

February 14, 2020

Brian Michael Grant, 45, of Gumboro  passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

Brian was born to parents James J. Grant Sr. and Patsy Ann Grant (nee Dixon) at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. He attended Sussex Central Senior High as a graduate of the class of 1992. In 2000, he graduated the Delaware State Police Academy. 

After volunteering for years with Delaware Parks and Recreation, Brian knew he wanted more. He used his training, followed his calling and became an employee of DNREC. He worked at multiple beaches and parks, including Cape Henlopen and then Trap Pond State Park, where he felt at home.  

He enjoyed the outdoors, either hunting, fishing, camping, beaching, all of which were even better when surrounded by friends and family. He had a love of animals including his longtime buddy of 10 years, Stanley the Iguana, and Gabe, his loyal dog.     

Brian is survived by his brothers, James J. Grant Jr. and his wife Sheila Hagen of Rougemont, N.C.; his younger brother, Timothy Lynch and his fiancée Courtney Wisniewski; and a most adored nephew Gavin Lynch of Ocean View. He was blessed to have a large family of aunts, uncles and cousins who all loved him dearly. 

Brian is preceded in death by his parents, James and Patsy Grant.

There will be a memorial service later in spring 2020 where all can gather to share memories and stories of Brian’s life and times. The family is grateful for all of the condolences. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Brian’s name to the Delaware SPCA, 22918 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947 or a local animal rescue of your preference.  

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