Thomas F. Grant Sr.

Published on Tuesday, 11 January 2022 16:49


Thomas F. Grant, Sr., 77, of Kensington, beloved husband to his high school sweetheart, Lauren (Nordgren) Grant, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. Born on Jan. 1, 1945, he was the son of the late Joseph J. Grant Sr. and Elizabeth "Betty" (Potts) Grant. His claim to fame was that he was the first baby born on New Year's Day in New Britain in 1945, and received several gifts from local businesses. He was also very proud to have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America in his youth. Tom graduated from New Britain Senior High School in 1963 and received his bachelor's degree from Central CT State College. While at CCSC, he began working with his future father-in-law at Portable Power Tool Repair, Inc. in New Britain. He later acquired the business and moved it to Kensington where he operated it for 32 years until his retirement in 2002. Once retired, he and Lauren became "snowbirds" to Naples, FL for the winter. They also enjoyed spending time at their house on Cape Cod, MA. Tom was an animal lover and often visited the CT Humane Society "just to see what they had" and usually came home with a new cat and one time two, twins. Golden Retrievers and Yellow Labs were his favorite breed of dogs and he had several of each during his lifetime. He was a fan of the New England Patriots and UConn Women's basketball. He enjoyed gardening, cooking and wheel thrown pottery. He was also a talented artist creating many oil paintings including portraits of family members. He was a man of few words but had a quick wit when the opportunity arose. Tom was very proud of his family and loved them all dearly. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Lauren and their four children: Beth Pipkin, Thomas Grant Jr. and his wife Jane, Christopher Grant and his wife Jennifer, and Joyce Vento and her husband Giancarlo; grandchildren: Jacob Pipkin, Toni-Ann and Thomas "TJ" Grant, Brooke Grant, Makaila Cerrone, Marla Vento and his golden retriever, Sofie. Besides his parents, Tom was predeceased by his sisters, Patricia "Patty" Grant and Betsy Carlson and his brother, Joseph J. Grant Jr. The family would like to thank the nurses and aides at the Hartford Healthcare at Home Hospice Care for their kindness, compassion and assistance which allowed Tom to stay at home. At Tom's request, his funeral service and burial will be private. There are no calling hours. Burial will be in West Lane Cemetery, Kensington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the CT Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111. Carlson Funeral Home, New Britain is assisting with arrangements. Please share a memory or note of sympathy at

Posted in New Britain Herald, on Tuesday, 11 January 2022 16:49. Updated: Tuesday, 11 January 2022 16:52.