Gardner Grant, longtime lover of fly fishing, died

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Gardner Grant, longtime lover of fly fishing, died

Post by mikevalla » Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:12 am

Many of the members here newer to the sport may not know his name. But sad news received that Gardner Grant passed away yesterday.

He was an omnipresent figure in the fly fishing world, and lover of Catskill streams and salmon waters. He frequently stopped in the Dette shop, way back as far as I can remember. Very close friend of Keith Fulsher.
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Re: Gardner Grant, longtime lover of fly fishing, died

Post by ewpeper » Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:46 am

Thanks for posting this, Mike. Gardner was a major force for trout, cold water and the Catskills for decades. The mountains and the rivers will shed a tear today.

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Re: Gardner Grant, longtime lover of fly fishing, died

Post by Eperous » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:29 am

Very, very sad to hear about this... I can recall being at several public hearings about various conservation issues and Gardner was present speaking on behalf of the rivers and trout... I believe he use to own a farm not far from the Beaverkill Valley Inn on the upper Beaverkill... Gardner was truly a very giving man when it came to environmental issues with a big heart and a big smile... condolences to his family and many friends... the Catskills and rivers lost a true friend in the passing of this giant...


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Re: Gardner Grant, longtime lover of fly fishing, died

Post by ted patlen » Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:05 am

Very sad indeed. Major influence to many people. He seemed to be a low keyed guy who knew expelled a type of very quiet confidence when talking about tying and fishing.

He was quoted by Eric Leiser years ago when he entered Eric's shop on rt 9 and asked...'what do you have that I don't need but gotta get?". One of my favorite lines about fly tying stuff.



Re: Gardner Grant, longtime lover of fly fishing, died

Post by dwyer » Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:23 am

When I was Chairman of NY State Trout Unlimited, I could always call on Gardner to help me in all projects we took on. I was talking to him on the phone just about 6 months ago and he sounded fine, we talked about TU national and all our good times together, all the meetings at the Antrim Lodge and our trips to TU National meetings. Little did I know at the time that he would not be with us much longer. He will be missed by many including FFF, TGF, TU and me. I must admit I have tears in my eyes as I write this.

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Re: Gardner Grant, longtime lover of fly fishing, died

Post by frankwalsh » Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:01 pm

Another fishing great gone . I'm sure he'll have some wonderful company though . My condolences . Love that line that you quoted , Ted .

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Re: Gardner Grant, longtime lover of fly fishing, died

Post by squish67 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:21 pm

Here is the Angler's Club obit. He was one of the really good guys. Did great work with and for AMFF.

Gardner L. Grant of Purchase, NY and Jupiter, FL, a long-time member of the
Club, passed away on March 28, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. He
was 85 years old. Born in Boston, MA, Gardner spent his early years in
Providence RI. He was a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Business
School, and led a family-owned company in the invention and development of
equipment for the automatic collection of tolls on tunnels, bridges and
turnpikes. Following the sale of the company to a publicly held
corporation, he moved his family to Scarsdale, NY and continued to serve as
president for over a decade. Later, Gardner became active in real estate
development and management. A life-long, passionate fly fisherman, Gardner
was active in numerous environmental and angling related organizations. He
served as president of New York’s Theodore Gordon Fly Fishers, the
Federation of Fly Fishers and the American Museum of Fly Fishing; and a
board member of Trout Unlimited, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, the Hudson
River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research and Yale’s Peabody
Museum of Natural History.

Gardner is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Ellen, his daughter
Laurie Zimmerman, son Gardner L. Grant, Jr, son-in-law Dr. Franklin
Zimmerman, daughter-in-law Sulu Hegde Grant, and grandchildren Stacey,
Ricky, Sean and Shakira.

The family requests that any donations in Gardner’s memory be made to the
American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, VT.

The Anglers' Club of New York
101 Broad Street
New York, New York 10004
re is the Angler's Club obit. Great Guy!

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