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GRANT MARSHALL B.I.D., M.A., F.P.I.D.I.M  Obituary pic


Born: Dec 23, 1931

Date of Passing: Sep 04, 2012

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CHARLES GRANT MARSHALL B.I.D., M.A., F.P.I.D.I.M December 23, 1931 - September 4, 2012 In the early morning of September 4, 2012 Grant Marshall, beloved husband of Marilyn (Marnie) passed away suddenly and peacefully in his sleep. Grant was a life force that we all felt could, and would survive all odds. His passing is felt deeply by his daughter, Alix and her husband Ken Sallows of Calgary, and by his daughter Kirsten, her husband Chris Tabbitt and their children Quinn and Julian of Toronto. He also will be sadly missed by his sister Ollie Gyles of Winnipeg, his brother-in-law Bruce Young of Winnipeg, his sister-in-law Virginia Young of Hopkins Landing, BC, his sister-in-law Maureen Marshall of Penticton, BC, and his many nieces and nephews. Grant was raised in West Kildonan by his parents, Thomas and Kathleen Marshall (née Moore). The youngest of three children, he showed an early interest in painting and art. His mother found him an instructor in Phyllis Field Cooper, who taught and instilled in him a love of painting and watercolour that stayed with him throughout his life. Grant graduated high school at West Kildonan Collegiate in 1948 and was the recipient of the Governor General's Medal. Grant's first love of fashion and costume design was not available for study in Canada at that time so he decided on his second choice, interior design. It was a terrific second choice. Grant had a prolific career. Upon graduating from the University of Manitoba in 1955, with the Gold Medal, he went on to teach at the faculty, becoming head of the department from 1989 until 1994. He loved teaching and was an adored professor at the Faculty of Interior Design. This was always evident during his regular trips to Toronto for the Interior Design Exhibition, where he would be stopped every few minutes by former students wishing to say hello. He was a founding member of the Interior Designers of Canada Foundation. Amongst his several awards and accolades he was particularly proud of his receipt of The University of Manitoba Alumni Jubilee Award (1980), and The Manitoba Premier's Award of Excellence for Interior Design for his work on the Anne Ross Daycare Centre (1985). Grant's first design practice, Design Associates later became Grant Marshall Interiors Limited. He designed thousands of beautiful residential interiors in Winnipeg, Toronto, Saskatoon, Calgary, Victoria and Florida. Many of his clients became dear friends over the years, which is probably why he continued to work right up to his last days. Grant's first interest in fashion lead him to open The Third Step, a favourite boutique for women's clothing. The shop opened in 1965 and continued for 25 successful years. Grant also co-owned Casa M which sold giftware imported from Mexico. Grant met his wife Marnie (Marilyn Young) backstage at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, where Marnie was a principal dancer. They fell in love while he was designing the costumes for the ballet The Twisted Heart , in which Marnie was dancing the lead. Their marriage lasted 53 wonderful years during which time they raised their two girls and shared a love of musical theatre, ballet and the arts. Grant was a champion of the arts and theatre. He designed the sets and costumes for seven works for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as well as for the Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers and Rainbow Stage. He was a board member of The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and Rainbow Stage. He chaired the decorations committee for the Winnipeg Art Gallery, designing five gala fundraisers, and sat on the advisory committee for the Manitoba Craft Guild. Grant was inducted into the Rainbow Stage Wall of Fame in 2009. Grant also volunteered his design time for several non-profit institutions including Ronald MacDonald House, where he was both a member of the steering committee and the designer. He sat on the board of the Mount Carmel Clinic and the Anne Ross Daycare Centre in Winnipeg. Painting was Grant's passion. One of the first private art galleries in Winnipeg was opened on Osborne Street by Grant Marshall, Bruce Head and Winston Leathers in the 1960s. Grant and Marnie travelled around Europe as he painted en plein air in beautiful cities and country sides. His watercolours translated into several group and one-man shows over the years. His final and highly successful show recently closed at the end of August at the Pavilion Gallery Museum in Assiniboine Park. The funeral and reception will take place at Neil Bardal Funeral Chapel, 3030 Notre Dame Ave., on Wednesday, September 12 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a Winnipeg arts organization of your choice. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 08, 2012

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Thank you Grant for speaking to all of us as a caring friend who had our best interests a heart first and foremost. We learned by what you did and how you behaved. - Posted by: Ihor Pona (Fellow teacher, former student, long time friend) on: Nov 13, 2015

  • I was shocked to learn only a couple of days ago of Grant's passing. Grant was certainly one of my favourite professors in the Interior Design program. His wonderful ability to teach, his great sense of humor, and humility were a great inspiration to me. He was so much fun on our field trips to Minneapolis and Chicago. I have always admired his paintings and indeed own 2 of them. I was fortunate enough to meet Marnie, Alix and Kirsten. My heart goes out to Grant's family. I would have most certainly attended his funeral if I had known about it. - Posted by: Kathi Wirth (former Interior Design Grad 1979) on: Oct 03, 2012

  • It was an honor to work with Grant during the development and successful design of ARDN. - Posted by: Judy Brandson (Former Director of Anne Ross Day Nursery at Mount Carmel Clinic. ) on: Sep 14, 2012

  • My thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with you and the family on your loss. Grant was a great mentor to me and will be missed. I would not be where I am today without the teachings and dignity Grant instilled in me..... SAVE IT WITH COLOR!! Lloyd G Danku Lead - Interiors Design Engineer 787 Progam The Boeing Company - Posted by: Lloyd G Danku ( BID 86 (student, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture, Interior Design) on: Sep 10, 2012

  • An incredible mentor with a fabulous sense of humour and a tremendous generosity of spirit and kindness! He was the "professor" who I admired and respected and who encouraged me onto graduate studies in New York, followed by an international career in Interior design, and my career as an academic professor. He was the true gold standard! Marni-we had terrific times on our field trips to New York and to sketch camp and some wonderful dinners at your home. My heart and thoughts are with you and your family and I want you to know how much he was truly loved by many of the students he has taught and mentored! - Posted by: Michael Plasse-Taylor (Friend, colleague and student.) on: Sep 10, 2012

  • Our dear professor, Grant Marshall, taught us how to see. His integrity and profound love of design inspired us as students to make him proud, and his lessons continue to resonate in our minds and hearts even today. Our thoughts are with his family and we thank them for sharing Grant with us. - Posted by: cynthia penner and jay brooks (former students (class of 1991/90)) on: Sep 10, 2012

  • Our thoughts go out to Marnie and family during this difficult time. Grant was a very special person in both my Mother's Shirley Russell/Bracken's life as well as my Father's (John Russell). I have very fond memories of connecting with Grant on numerous occasions (university, the ballet etc); and especially when my mother worked at The Third Step and I would walk over from BH to 'hang out' at the store. Grant was a multi-talented person with real joie de vivre - we will miss him. Nancy and Ted (Russell) LeBlond - Posted by: Nancy (Russell) LeBlond () on: Sep 10, 2012

  • It would be impossible to measure the positive impact that Grant has had on the world, not to mention the interior design community. He has been such an important role model to those he educated - words can't really do him justice. My condolences to his family. I'll never forget Grant teaching us to render with watercolours - in particular the day he taught me to "snap a wash". He made it look so simple, and so graceful. - Posted by: Bryan Wiens (Student, U of M Interior Design Class of 1990) on: Sep 10, 2012

  • To Marnie and your family, I am so sorry for your loss. You will miss Grant always, but treasure all the wonderful times together and the life experiences you shared as a family. Grant was fun and a great inspiration, as an instructor and as a friend. My thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. Kathie BID '73... - Posted by: Kathie Graham-Stevenson (Student and friend) on: Sep 10, 2012

  • Our heartfelt condolences to Marnie and the family. Grant will be remembered by us as a great painter, particularly in watercolor, a giving and insightful teacher and a multi talented person with endless capabilities. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Sandra, Ray and Maya - Posted by: Sandra Caplan, Ray Ciarrocchi and Maya Ciarrocchi (friends) on: Sep 10, 2012

  • Shopping at "The Third Step" in the early '70's was delightful. Having returned from living in Europe for three years, and needing a special dress for a special ocassion, The Third Step was first choice with class to find a dress. My choice was a long, t-strap dress from Finland. A Heikkila label dress which I still own, have had shortened and wear. Thank you Grant Marshall. - Posted by: Gail Marriott (customer at The Third Step) on: Sep 09, 2012

  • with fond memories of a passionate professor and mentor, who inspired many to create and design for all mankind!! Peace to family and friends! - Posted by: Stella Johnson BID 78 (student, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture, Interior Design) on: Sep 08, 2012

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