Broomall Man Leaves Legacy of Local Involvement, Railroad History

Jack Grant

At the same time his family business was building landmark bridges, steel mills, and power plants across Philly and the East Coast, John H. “Jack” Grant was also building a legacy of community service and historic preservation.

On Saturday, Grant officially passed that legacy on; his funeral is set for today, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer obituary by Jeff Gammage.

The civil engineer started his career with a 1947 graduation from Upper Darby High School, and he soon joined the family business, Broomall’s G&H Steel Service, in 1950. G&H had a hand in constructing the Girard Point Bridge, Betsy Ross Bridge, Delaware Memorial Bridge, and Blue Route.

After he ascended to company president in 1974, Grant also shared his leadership with presidential stints for the Marple Newtown School Board, Newtown Square Rotary Club, and Rotary District 7450.

And outside of work and community leadership, Grant invested time into transforming an abandoned freight rail station into the Newtown Square Railroad Museum at Drexel Lodge Park, as well as other historical society endeavors across Radnor and Newtown townships.

“He played a big part in our historical society here in Newtown Square,” friend Sam Coco said.

Read more about the life of Jack Grant in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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