Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Boardman, for Grant Lee Cavender, 85, of Morrisville, Vt., formerly of Poland, who died the morning of Feb. 5 at The Manor Nursing Home in Morrisville. Family and friends may call on Friday, Feb. 12 from noon to 1 p.m.
He was born March 14, 1924 in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of the late Kelley L. and Sara Coldren Cavender. Grant moved to Morrisville, Vt. in May 2008 and previously lived in Poland, Berea, and Warren, and Kitanning, Pa.
Grant graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1945 and was a member of the Delta Upilson Fraternity. He was an electrical engineer and worked for M&W Electric Manufacturing Company in East Palestine for 16 years, retiring in 1989. He previously worked for the Fanner Manufacturing Company, Cleveland for 17 years and Packard Electric in Warren.
Grant was a member of the Tyrian Lodge #644 F&A.M. in New Kensington, Pa., a 32nd-degree mason, a Shriner with the Syria Temple in Pittsburgh and a member of the Pennsylvania Consistory in Pittsburgh.
Besides his parents, Grant was preceded in death by his wife, the former Phyllis R. Lowrie, whom he married Oct. 22, 1949, and who died April 9, 1979. He is survived by his children, daughter Dr. Patricia Cavender (Dr. Lawrence White) of Princeton Junction, N.J., son Thomas (Laura) Cavender of Raleigh, N.C., and son Jeffrey (Karen) Cavender of Waterbury Center, Vt., as well as his sister-in-law, Priscilla Love, and nieces Pamela Love and Jill (Randy) Thompson. He also had eight grandchildren: Katherine (Nick) Beykirch, Megan (Josh) Lambert, and Andrew White, Daniel White, Ryan Cavender, Shannon Cavender, Nina Cavender and Grace Cavender.
The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to the Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106, in memory of Grant L. Cavender.