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Dianne Grant, 61
posted: Jul 20, 2012 11:38 am | Comments (1)
Dianne Jean Grant, 61, of New Haven, beloved mother of Sade Lana Heard, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, July 16, 2012.
Dianne was born April 3, 1951 in New Haven, CT. She was the daughter of Gaylord and Adeline Grant of New Haven. Dianne graduated from James Hillhouse High School in 1969 and continued her education at the Chandler School of Business in Boston, MA as well the University of New Haven. Dianne worked for many years at Afco in Stratford. Currently, she was employed at the Community Soup Kitchen located at Christ Church, Episcopal at 84 Broadway where she had worked for twelve years as the dining room supervisor. Dianne was known at the soup kitchen as a strict but loving manager. She was firm but fair in her treatment of the guests whom she could call by name. All had to be respectful and courteous to staff and each other if they didn’t want to be shown the door. Dianne was an avid jazz enthusiast and worked a number of years at the Robin’s Nest, Malcolm’s and the Elk’s. She enjoyed traveling, fine cuisine, and the performing arts. She was well known in the New Haven community and an outspoken advocate for upkeep and safety in her neighborhood. She is survived by her most precious daughter, Sade Heard of New Haven; her cherished mother, Adeline Grant of New Haven; her loving sister and brother in law, Marcia and Dock Watts of Carson, California; her “special grandson” Ayden Hasaan of New Haven, and a host of family and friends. She was predeceased by her father, Gaylord and her brother, Gaylord, Jr. A memorial service to celebrate Dianne’s life will be Monday, July 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Matthews, 400 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven. Service by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT. Please call 888 724-3359 for further information. In lieu of flowers please send donations to The Connecticut Food Bank at P.O. Box 8686 New Haven, CT 06531. To leave a message of comfort to the Grant family, please visit our website, www.hkhfuneralservices.com
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Diane was one of the most diligent block-watch members of Sherman Avenue. When I was a neighborhood specialist for LCI she always called me when things were getting out of hand at her area of Sherman. However, she was always part of the solution by calling landlords or providing me with their names and phone numbers to save me precious time. Although she was a very strong willed individual she also lead by example and was so helpful to me and kind when she felt my work load was consuming me. She would go into high gear helping me to try and resolve neighborhood problems. She will be missed and she is someone who I will not forget.
Rest in peace Diane.