It is with great sadness that we report the sudden death of Bill Grant whilst out coaching in Durham on Saturday 28th February. Bill attended the University from 1968 to 1971, latterly at the Business School, and was a Castle man. He learnt his rowing at Shrewsbury School rowing in the second VIII. At Durham he rowed in the first VIII in 1969 and 1970 gaining his Palatinate, winning the UAU title both years. After leaving University he continued rowing at Durham ARC with some success with a number of other ex University oarsmen. He was always a keen supporter of DUBC and for many years was to be seen supporting them at Henley.
In the mid 70s he stopped active rowing to concentrate on running the family jewellery business and became a member of the National Association of Goldsmiths. He then became a Council and Board Member of the Association and Chairman in 200 to 2002. He was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1992 and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1997. He was a keen dinghy sailor and fell walker and spent much time sailing and walking with his family in the Lake District and on the Cheviots.
Having retired from his jewellery business Bill returned to rowing some 10 years ago and began coaching at Durham ARC. He qualified as a coach under the British Rowing scheme and became very active in coaching crews and scullers and acting as their mentor. Latterly he had resumed sculling himself and was often to be seen on the Wear in his own boat.
He was also active in his local community in Cleadon, North of Sunderland, being a Churchwarden and a member of the Parish Council. In some respects he was somewhat old fashioned, setting high standards and expecting these to be maintained by others but only expressing mild disappointment when this did not occur. Very competitive when on the river but the gentleman when off it, cheerful and always willing to give time and advice to others.
He leaves a wife, Jenny, and three children, Richard, Catherine and Emma.