Ian Grant was born on 1st April 1932 in Shanghai where his father worked for the Shell Petrolium Company. He grew up as part of the family and was an only child. He was involved in much travelling round the world.
In 1937 the Japanese attacked Shanghai. Shortly afterwards his father decided to retire early and come to England, but while they were still on the way to England the company told them to go to Canada instead. The reason given was that the British didn't want more mouths to feed at that time.
From 1940 to 1946 Ian lived in Canada where he went to school, and we think that his stammer developed as a result of bad teaching there.
In 1946 the family moved to Eastbourne where Ian went to school until 1950.
In 1958 Ian left school and the family emigrated to New Zealand.
While there Ian worked with the New Zealand Forest service, hence his interest in trees, and later his wish to be buried at the Tithe Green burial ground. He moved to Oakland to study law while working at the magistrates court. He was then called up for military service and went into the New Zealand Navy. After training he had to join the naval reserve who continued to meet once a week.
From 1955 he worked for the New Zealand Shell Company where he was promoted to regional cashier.
He then decided to change his area of interest from law to economics, and also made the decision to return to England to better his prospects. He worked initially for accountants in Eastbourne, later moving to a firm in London, before qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1963.
In 1965 having had enough of commuting to London, Ian moved to Nottingham, working for Price Waterhouse until 1971. After the death of Ian's father he lived with his mother in Keyworth until 1972 when Ian and Barbara married at the Albert Hall in Nottingham.
For a time Ian was chief accountant with Cable Lines Construction then moved to the Treasury Department of Nottinghamshire County Council until his retirement in 1989.
His hobbies included swimming. When in New Zealand he had lived on the Esplanade of the Bay of Islands and gained his life saving certificates. He also played squash, and enjoyed listening to classical music.
Ian edited and published a work by a methodist headmistress friend in Lincoln all about her grammar school. This gave him the enthusiasm for writing, resulting in his book "You have nothing to do but save souls", the definitive history of the evolution of the Methodist Mission in Nottingham.
He went on holidays with a group to the Holy Land and attended Guild holidays regularly. He researched the history of his and Barbara's family.
He was very much involved in the life of the church, first at the Nottingham Albert Hall and then at "Life at the Centre". He held the office of Church Steward, Communion Steward, and was treasurer at the time of the closure of the Albert hall and the refurbishment of Parliament Street leading into "Life at the Centre".
He was a committed Christian and attended the means of Grace at every opportunity to study and learn more about Jesus, his life and ministry.
Ian was a great encourager always very helpful caring and gracious, a very kind man who is greatly missed.
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