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June 11, 2010


Filed under: General — Vasilios Theodorakis @ 11:55 am

For over ten years my Grant Family name has been – the “only if you’re having one” lad. I’ve taken great pride in this badge of honour given to me by Pop – Jack (John McKinnon Grant) – the only man I’ve ever looked up to and tried to emulate. Until I met Pop, who is my wife’s grandfather, I had never had any real male role models. All the men I had come to respect, lived in the pages of biographies and autobiographies – there was no flesh and blood in my life worth emulating.

The label was not only a sign of fondness for the crazy grand son-in-law – who did everything far too slowly, it also summed up how Pop could get to the crux of a personality. He had a knack for finding a word or phrase that perfectly captured what someone was all about. In my case, how I couldn’t handle imposing on anyone. Pop’s long term advice in regards to my hang-up? – “Just relax Vas…, my food is your food…, just leave the money on the table after you’ve eaten!”

God bless you Jack, I’ll miss the banter! Until we meet again, look after yourself and Nan. Save me a piece of her sponge as the rest of us will be there with you soon enough. I look forward to that next pot of tea and our ongoing deliberations on how unnatural it is to rush anything – especially work!

Pop and Nan (Mona) had 7 children, 18 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and countless hangers-on like me. Not bad for a family that’s descended from Scottish immigrants who started out life in a tent on the beach at Port Melbourne (Victoria – Australia) in the 1850s.

Eternal be, his memory. Pop was born on April 1st 1919 and entered his repose on June 7th 2010.

My condolences go out to all the Grants in regards to his passing. Pop will be missed by each and everyone of us. He leaves behind countless wonderful memories and set the standard on how to live and what it means to be a gentleman.

Pop’s Eulogy (Text – PDF / 60kb)
Cheers – Vasilios Theodorakis – June 2010


  1. Dear Vasilios,
    Thank you for your wonderful words. Pop was proud to have you as a member of the clan!
    Much love

    Comment by Lesley — June 11, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

  2. Vas,
    Thank you for such kind words about my dad. He truelly was one of the best.

    Comment by Brian Grant — June 12, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

  3. Dear Vasilios,
    The poet in you shines through. You have written such a moving tribute to Dad. I have been trying to have a ‘tear free day’ but at the moment they are flowing.
    Love, Vivian

    Comment by Vivian Price — June 12, 2010 @ 4:39 pm

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