(Jean) Denis Granger, 88, of Knox, Indiana passed away January 4, 2023, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Denis was born on September 26, 1934, in Montreal, Canada to Joseph and Aurelie Granger. He left Canada to work in the United States at the Indiana steel mills.
Denis was an iron worker for 46 years. His work took him from Alaska to Quebec to Indiana, and from New York to Vermont. He worked on the Olympic Stadium for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Quebec and on the Sears Tower in Chicago (now the Willis Tower) which was at the time the world’s tallest building. He also constructed numerous bridges.
Denis was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Knox, Indiana. He also was a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus. He loved boating, traveling and tinkering on projects. He built four houses by himself in his lifetime, two in Indiana, one in New York, and one in Vermont.
Denis is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Lola M. Granger; son, Pierre (Sandi) Granger; daughter, Chantal Granger Burke; grandchildren: Stephanie (Dennis) Allen, Erica McCarthy, Crystal (Joe) Williams, Michelle (Robert) Smith, Dennis Granger, Cameron (Megan) Granger, and Lauren (Kaitlyn) Aversa; and great grandchildren: Alexa Allen, Isaac Allen, Jeremiah McCarthy, Ashton McCarthy, Ethan McCarthy, Braiden McCarthy, Emma DannerSmith, Lily DannerSmith, Solstice Granger, and Leo Aversa.
He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Aurelie Granger; son, Mike Granger; and daughter, Linda (John) Williams.
Denis will be remembered as a good friend to many in Knox, Indiana and in his home country of Canada.
Donations can be sent to Catholic Relief Services.
A memorial service will be held at Community United Methodist Church, 1072 Old Kempsville Road, Saturday, January 14th, 2:00 pm.Send Flowers
Community United Methodist Church
1072 Old Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Sending my Love, Prayers and Condolences to Pierre, Sandi and the entire Granger Family. I pray God will prove Himself to be your peace and comfort during this time.
We send our sympathy and condolences with love. Mona and Robert Estes
Our hearts go out to the Granger family during this time of loss. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏾
Thank you so much Sandi and Pierre, you’ve been perfect, my brother couldn’t have been in better hands. Take care of yourselves now, it’s been a trying time. We send our love and our gratitude.
Hope to see you soon.
Lise & Gerry
Sympathies à la famille et amis