GREENWICH, Conn. — Retired Greenwich Chief of Police Raymond E. Grant Jr., who served on the town's police force for 26½ years, died on Monday, May 1. He was 85.
"We join all members of the Department in extending our sincere sympathy to the Grant family," the Greenwich Police Department said in a statement.Grant began with the Greenwich Police Department as a probationary officer on July 5, 1955, and retired Feb. 1, 1982, as chief.
He was appointed to the rank of patrolman on July 5, 1955, and was assigned to the patrol and traffic divisions. On Feb. 12, 1964, he was appointed detective, and then to lieutenant on Aug. 19, 1964.
On Aug. 10, 1970, he was promoted to the rank of captain and oversaw the General Services Division. He was promoted to the post of deputy chief Jan. 6, 1975. He achieved the rank of Chief of Police on Feb. 8, 1977, and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1982.
Grant was born in Stamford on March 24, 1932, to Sophia and Raymond Eugene Grant. He attended Stamford schools.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and was an active member and former Connecticut State Commander of the Veterans of Underage Military Service.
He served in the U.S. Army from December 1952 to November 1954 and was honorably discharged after service in Korea.
His decorations included the Korean Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
His police training included courses sponsored by the FBI, Northeastern University, Yale Law School, Babson College, IBM, American Red Cross, Connecticut National Guard, and Norwalk Community College, where he earned his associate's degree in police science, law enforcement.
As one of the original founders in 1958 of the Greenwich Police Silver Shield Association, he was dedicated to community service and outreach. He maintained membership in the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Connecticut Police Chiefs Association and Fairfield County Chiefs of Police.
In his time as chief, Grant was responsible for many departmental improvements, including an upgrading of the Communication Center, adding two sergeants in two shifts, formulating the Burglary Clearance Squad and advocating for training and education.
He was the recipient of the Lion’s Club John A. Clarke Police Award for his “Long and Distinguished Service to Law and Order for the Town of Greenwich” on April 14, 1981.
He transitioned into the private sector in 1983 as the first corporate security manager at Pitney Bowes. In 1991, he was promoted to director of corporate security.
Grant is survived by his wife, Ann Marie (Walther) Grant; his daughters Kathleen (Robert) Weil of Seal Beach, Calif., and Linda (Anthony) Marini of Greenwich; and son Timothy (Elizabeth) Grant of Cranston, R.I.; and eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A wake will be held on Thursday, May 4, from, 4 to 8 p.m. at Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home, 453 Shippan Ave., Stamford. Services will be held on Friday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at St. Clement’s of Rome Church, 535 Fairfield Ave., Stamford.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell or the Greenwich Police Silver Shield Association.