|Warren at 21 months|
|Warren about 1928|
When my dad was young, he was diagnosed with a heart murmur and was not allowed to participate in athletics. While in high school, Dad was the drum major in the Clifton High School marching band and he developed a strong interest in photography.
|Warren Grant |
Clifton, NJ High School Class of 1940
My father's dad, Ralph Grant, died of a heart attack when my dad was just 17. This picture was taken of the two of them the shortly before my grandfather died.
|Ralph Westcott Grant and Warren Westcott Grant|
After Dad left Rutgers in 1941, he went to work for Curtiss-Wright in Caldwell, NJ, working as a metallurgical technician. The United States had recently entered World War II and Dad received deferments for essential war-time labor. He was also helping out his widowed mom, Hazel, and younger sister with financial support.
|Warren W. Grant about 1944, age 22|
Dad's flight training was interrupted in January 1945 when his mother suddenly died one day after his 23rd birthday. Dad told me he was called into the Commandant's Office and told "Mr. Grant, sorry to tell you your mother died. See the Red Cross office to set up emergency leave". Dad was given a month's leave to head back to New Jersey and pack up the family home and settle the estate. His sister was still a minor at the time.
|Younger sister Shirley, Hazel and Warren about 1944|
Dad was in the service for 2 years and received his honorable discharge on the 27th of November 1945, exactly 2 years after his induction and just 3 weeks before he was to receive his commission. He served one month as a Private in basic training, 11 months as an Aviation Student, and 12 month as an Aviation Cadet. His discharge paper states "Discharge of Surplus Aircrew Trainees who Volunteered from Civilian Life". He told me that he had no option of staying in longer to become commissioned since the war was winding down. At the time, he was stationed at the Army Air Force base in Amarillo, Texas. He had also earlier been stationed in North Carolina and Georgia. I wonder if Dad would have received his commission had he not had the month's leave after his mother died.
After Dad was discharged, he headed to Manchester, Vermont for a few months and did alot of skiing. He once told me he felt that he had to get back to the real world and thus moved back to NJ and went back to work at Curtiss Wright on April 1st. By 1951, he was living in an upstairs apartment at 75 Gourley Avene in Clifton, NJ, where he would stay until after he and my mom married.
|Dorothy M. Veith and Warren W. Grant|
11 October 1952
My mom and dad met on a blind date around 1941 when they were both just out of high school. They dated off and on for the next 11 years until they married on the 11th of October in 1952 at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Harwich Port, Massachusetts where my Dad's family had a summer cottage that he and his sister had inherited.
At the time of their marriage at age 30 for both of them, my father was working in the propeller division at Curtiss-Wright as an engineer and my mom was an executive secretary at her father's furniture store in Englewood, NJ. My dad remained at Curtiss-Wright until around 1965. He briefly worked at Electric Boat in Groton, CT, before being hired as a sales engineer for Rolock, Inc., based in Fairfield, CT. Dad's sales territory was New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, and parts of Maryland and Delaware. He stayed in this position until his retirement.
|Warren W. Grant about 1985|
Dad was 83 years old when he died on the 22nd of January 2005 in Pompton Plains, Morris County, NJ. He died peacefully, at home, in his sleep. I had last seen him just a few days earlier.
|Warren Grant, Aspen, Colorado about 1968|
Dad also loved Cape Cod and I think some of his happiest times were spent puttering around the family cottage there. It seemed he could fix almost anything to me.
Happy Father's Day, Dad! May there always be snow for you.