The main gym in the Garnish Community Centre was named the Melvin Grandy Gymnasium on Aug. 11.
The event was part of the 25th annual Garnish Bakeapple Festival, which also included the presentation of a play entitled “Stephen Leonard Grandy - Dory Builder.”
Grandy, 90, has been very involved in everything that is Garnish all of his adult life. He was a very successful businessman and a former town councillor. According to his longtime friend Horatio Cluett, however, “His biggest contribution to his town was his vision for the first soccer field in our community.”
Some years later Grandy helped spearhead a drive to build a larger soccer pitch and shortly afterwards the community centre.
In the words of emcee William Grandy, “It was not only Melvin Grandy’s vision, but under his leadership, these recreation facilities were constructed.”
Some 150-plus people rose, applauded and showed their affection as the very emotional recipient came forward to be recognized for his many accomplishments and community involvement over the decades. Five of Grandy’s children as well as his wife, Lena, were present to share in the special evening.
Charles Grandy, one of the original English settlers at Garnish in 1763, married Jane Snook. They were Grandy’s great-great-great-grandparents. In September 2011, five of Melvin and Lena’s children, along with their parents went back to the island of Jersey in the English Channel in search of their roots.