Obituaries

Noah Henry Grant

08/11/2006 - 08/08/2020

Obituary for Noah Henry Grant

November 8, 2006 – August 8, 2020

It’s with broken hearts that we share the sudden passing of our beloved son and brother, Noah Henry Grant. Noah passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 13 years old.

Noah was born in Grande Prairie on November 8, 2006 to parents Mike and Cara Grant. In 2008, Noah became a big brother to Koltin Grant.

Anyone that had the privilege of knowing Noah would agree that he was the most kind-hearted soul and was friendly to everyone. He had a smile that could light up the room and melt your heart. Noah had a go-getter personality and always gave 100% in everything he did which in return allowed him to achieve so many of his goals at such a young age.

Noah loved everything sporty. He was an athlete and loved to be active. Some of Noah’s hobbies and interests included hunting with his dad, dirt biking, snowmobiling, baseball, hanging out with friends, playing badminton and volleyball at school and more recently, golfing. However, Noah’s biggest passion was hockey. At the young age of 4, Noah started playing for the Beaverlodge Blades. His final season in Beaverlodge, 2018/2019, Noah’s team had earned their spot in Provincials. In his 2019/2020 season, Noah had earned his spot and played for the Grande Prairie Dreger Racing Team Bantam AA Storm.

Noah attended St. Mary Catholic School in Beaverlodge. He finished his Grade 8 year with Honours. He had received the Virtue of Gratitude in 2019, Virtue of Compassion in 2020 and had earned Outstanding Effort Awards for several years.

Noah will be dearly missed by his parents, Mike and Cara Grant, brother, Koltin Grant, grandparents Papa and Mama Chris and Lorie Zbytovsky, Nana Linda Grant, Great grandma Annie Zbytovsky, Uncle Jason and Auntie Michelle Zbytovsky, Auntie Laurie and Uncle Fish Gagnon, cousins Julianne Gagnon, Joelle Gagnon, Emily Zbytovsky and Ethan Zbytovsky and many extended family. Noah will be greatly missed by his large group of friends, large hockey family and community.

Noah was predeceased by his grandpa Ted Grant.

A Celebration of Noah’s Life will be held on August 19, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (10404 102 Street, Grande Prairie, Alberta). Due to COVID restrictions this will be by invite only. Everyone is welcome to attend a live stream at Chad and Amanda Longson’s (address provided with RSVP) at 2pm, please RSVP with the number of people and one word on how you know Noah to noahgrantmemorial@gmail.com.

Noah would love for everyone to wear their favourite jersey or hoodie.

A special thank you to Morgan Edwards and all the staff at Saskatoon Funeral Home for their care and compassion at this time. We would also like to thank our hockey family, community, friends, and extended family across the country. Your tremendous kindness, support, and generosity have lifted us up in our time of profound sadness.

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Our sincere condolences to you. We are so sorry for your loss. Noah will be missed. Sending love and prayers at this difficult time. Sincerely, Michelle and Greg Werbiski
- Michelle
I didn't know Noah, He looks like a cool dude. I'm sending Love, Thoughts and Prayers to Noah and the family. Rest In Peace Noah you were a legend!
- anonymous
Dear Cara, Mike and Kolton We are so very very sorry for your loss. Cara, I was so glad to see you and your lovely family at Chris and Lorie's celebration recently. We are thinking of you at this most difficult time. Sinerely, Jan, Kevin, Tyrell, and James Diederichs
- Jan Diederichs
My heart aches for your loss, Noah will be missed by so many, my fondest memory of Noah is the second cooking class he attended. Which was our baking challenge, j think he smiled the whole 2 hours. His excitement, enthusiasm and energy was beautiful. Thank you for bringing sunshine into my class Noah,
- Chef Lisa Duda

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