Granville Marsh hailed as man with a heart of gold

Staff reporter

Monday, July 02, 2018

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The Stella Marris Roman Catholic Church went beyond its capacity on Saturday as mourners came in droves to pay their last respect to Epping Oil Chairman Granville Errol Marsh, who was remembered as a man with a heart of gold and whose kindness had no limit.

The St Catherine native whose earthly sojourn came to an end on June 16 after a brief illness, was 75 years old.

On Saturday his family, friends, associates and well-wishers crammed into Stellar Marris Roman Catholic Church in Kingston for his memorial service.

Marsh was remembered as a loving husband, an exemplary dad, a kind and caring boss, and a wonderful friend who was also jovial and kind.

“He is one of the most genuine human beings that existed,” his best friend Donald Hyatt told the Jamaica Observer.

“He would give his heart and do without if possible; he was always happy to go the extra mile,” he added.

Marsh, a Scottish freemason, was also remembered in tributes as a shrewd businessman with great intellect who used his wisdom and knowledge to assist several boards and companies.

He was a member of the Coconut Industry Board where he sat as grower representative, and at the time of his passing was on the Seprod Board. Marsh was also a director in six of Seprod's subsidiary companies.

Lifelong friend Frederick Dumetz, who delivered the remembrance, said that “to say Granville was a hard worker was an understatement. His courage, leadership and forthrightness is extraordinary. He was the patriarch of the Marsh family.

“Granville was the consummate people person, comfortable around people and very friendly — he belonged to many groups,” Dumetz added

Marsh, he said, began his career as a “duco” man and later went on to start his garage and auto parts shop — Mars Auto Parts and Transmision Service — while dabbling in real estate and farming.

Seprod Director Byron Thompson, in his tribute to Marsh, said his intelligence, sharp wit, business background and experience, integrity, and strategic outlook and creativity qualified him to serve on the Seprod Board since 1991.

Thompson said that Marsh was a firm believer that an ongoing relationship with the customer was more important that the sale of an individual product.

“He was unselfish, and his honesty and integrity were unquestionable. Granville was an excellent director and his worth is not only measured by his intelligence and the body of work he left behind but also by the way in which he connected to the community, his self-less contribution, and his dedication to altruism,” Thompson said.

Sheryl Marsh Moo-Sang, when asked what she loved most about her dad and will miss about him, said: “I loved how he would always give me advice or encouragement. Even now, as old as I am, he would always have something else to teach me to pass on his wisdom, because no matter how much I thought I knew he would have gone through it all.”

“I will miss our quiet time,” she added while struggling to hold back tears.

Marsh, whose body will be cremated, is survived by his widow, Claudette, his son Franklyn, daughters Sherly and Kerry, nine grandchildren other relatives and friends.

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