Gardner L. Grant of Purchase, NY and Jupiter, FL, a past president of the Federation of Fly Fishers, passed away on March 28, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. He was 85 years old. Born in Boston, MA, Gardner spent his early years in Providence RI. He was a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Business School, and led a family-owned company in the invention and development of equipment for the automatic collection of tolls on tunnels, bridges and turnpikes. Following the sale of the company to a publicly held corporation, he moved his family to Scarsdale, NY and continued to serve as president for over a decade. Later, Gardner became active in real estate development and management. A life-long, passionate fly fisherman, Gardner was active in numerous environmental and angling related organizations. He served as president of New York’s Theodore Gordon Fly Fishers, the Federation of Fly Fishers and the American Museum of Fly Fishing; and a board member of Trout Unlimited, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, the Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research and Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History.
Gardner is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Ellen, his daughter Laurie Zimmerman, son Gardner L. Grant, Jr, son-in-law Dr. Franklin Zimmerman, daughter-in-law Sulu Hegde Grant, and grandchildren Stacey, Ricky, Sean and Shakira.
The family requests that any donations in Gardner’s memory be made to the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, VT.