Bruce Gowdy Grant, 101, formerly of Kensington, Conn., died Oct. 5, 2010, at the home of his son and daughter-in-law in Northport where he resided for three years. Several months ago he became the honored recipient of the Boston Post Cane.

Born in Melrose, Conn., on May 27, 1909, he was the son of George M. and Kate (Gowdy) Grant. He grew up on a tobacco farm. As a youth he was active in 4H and continued to be involved throughout his life.

He graduated from Rockville High School and the University of Connecticut.

He was married to Eleanor Percival who died in 1996.

For many years he was employed as a health inspector for the city of New Britain, Conn. He also maintained a farm with cattle, sheep, chickens, fruit trees and a large garden.

He is survived by his two sons, Lee P. Grant and his wife, Carol, of Dayton, Md., and Bruce C. Grant and his wife, Elizabeth, of Northport; four grandchildren, Deborah Grant of Enfield, N.H., Douglas Grant of Seattle Wash., and Bruce W. Grant and William Grant, both of Maryland; four great-grandchildren, Rachel, Andrew, Rebecca and Beckett; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife and 10 brothers and sisters.

Graveside services will be held in Melrose, Conn.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to Waldo County Hospice, 119 Northport Ave., Belfast ME 04915.

Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St. in Camden.