Diane Hamelin Grant
Diane, born Diane Marie Hamelin on March 17, 1948 grew up on the Island of North Hero, Vermont. She married Benjamin Grant, of the Burlington Police Department. They have two daughters, Cristal and Catherine Grant, both of Vermont.
Diane was predeased by her husband, Benjamin F. Grant, her mother, Shirley Halo Bessette and father, Frederick A. Hamelin, a sister, Suzanne Harkins Guerra of Chalmette, Louisiana and brother, Michael P. Harkins of Milton, Vermont.
Diane is survived by her two daughters, Cristal Grant Blaisdell (Dale) of Milton, Vermont, and Catherine Grant Jablonski (Raymond “Rayme”) of Highgate, Vermont. Diane leaves behind her 6 grandchildren, Michael, Marsha, and Michelle Blaisdell of Georgia, Vermont and Cristian, Dallas, and Chloe Jablonski of Highgate, Vermont. In addition to her grandchildren Diane had many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her mother’s sister, Norma Halo Luce of Waterbury, Vermont.
Diane was the eldest of six children. She had 3 sisters and 2 brothers who all grew up in North Hero and Milton Vermont. Being the big sister, she was the leader of our pack. We all learned from her whether good or not so good as siblings do and we all looked up to her. She is survived by her brother, William L. Hamelin (wife, Deery Palmer Hamelin) of Weeki Wachee, Florida and two sisters, Gail Harkins Siles and Bonnie Harkins Gillis of Brooksville, Florida.
Later in life, Diane moved to Brooksville, Florida, back to Vermont, then to Miami, Florida and finally moved back to Brooksville, Florida to help her sister Bonnie be a caregiver to her mom. She lived out the remainder of her life in Brooksville.
Diane enjoyed motorcycling with her husband, Ben in Vermont and after moving to Florida, going to Daytona Beach to biker rallies and taking long bide rides with her biker buddies.
Among Diane’s many talents were sewing, knitting, painting pictures, and making what she and her mom called “bunnums” (crafts). Not only was she very crafty, but quite handy with a hammer and nails. She, “Mrs. Fixit” enjoyed working on home repairs of her own, and of her family, friends, and helping neighbors with theirs.
Diane will be greatly missed by her loved ones and friends and remembered for all the good things she did. Diane succumbed to her illness on January 2, 2021 in Brooksville, Florida. She was remembered at a small family gathering at Merritt Funeral Home in Brooksville, Florida and will ultimately be returned to Vermont for interment. Rest in peace Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Niece, Aunt, cousin, and Friend. We love and miss you.