Age 82, passed away peacefully at home on 6/11/11. Born in Hanover, PA, he moved to Hawai’i in 1965 as a city planner for the Oahu Development Conference, later serving as Exec. Director for the Downtown Improvement Assn. until his retirement. He supported the historic preservation of Hawaii’s pre-statehood architecture and was also an early advocate/planner for a fixed rail system on Oahu.
He is survived by wife Janet B. Grant; son Wm. A. Grant, Jr. and his wife Lori K. Grant; daughter Kit Grant and her partner James R. Olson, and cats BB and Tigerface.
Private services at a future date, his ashes and lei to be scattered at Kahala Beach on the ebb tide. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his memory to The Historic Hawai’i Foundation or The Hawaiian Humane Society.