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Obituary: Rev. Dr. Theodore S. Grant

Rev. Dr. Theodore S. Grant, a long time Hicksville resident and noted Long Island minister, psychotherapist, social service entrepreneur and education died of pancreatic cancer on April 16, 2014. He was 86.

Born on June 18, 1927, the eldest son of Stanley and Dorothy Grant, “Ted” was raised on a farm in East Meadow. Grant served with distinction in the U.S. Army before entering the ministry. He received his undergraduate and master's degree from Adelphi University. He earned his doctorate from San Francisco Seminary and was an adjunct professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University from 1979-90.

Grant’s ministry spanned over 55 years, touching numerous congregations on Long Island. He was the minister at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Laurelton, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Woodhaven, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hicksville, interim minister at Parkway Community Church in HIcksville and the Community Church of East Willison, and served in a temporary capacity at many Long Island churches following his retirement.

For Grant, ministry and social work were deeply interconnected and his work extended well beyond his parishes. Under his tenure, Redeemer Lutheran Church became known as the “Church of the Open Door” because sections of the building were left open to provide a 24 hour sanctuary for the homeless. Grant also established one of the first soup kitchens for the homeless on Long Island at church in Hicksville. He served as founder of the Ecumenical Consultation Center in Hicksville, a nondenominational community mental health facility. He was a founder of Wally’s Circle that provided innovative support to Alzheimer’s patients and served on numerous county, community and professional boards over the years.

Service to the community was fundamental to Grant and no institution illustrated this better than his deep respect and engagement with the Hicksville Fire Department, where he served as chaplain for over 30 years.

Grant is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nancy Hollister Grant from Valley Stream, three children, seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

News

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


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