Five Mile Beat > Ed and Theresa Grant celebrate their retirements

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Helen Grant, Ed and Theresa Grant, and Mike Ginnoti. Helen Grant, Ed and Theresa Grant, and Mike Ginnoti.

Recently both Theresa and Edmund Grant, formerly of Wildwood, retired from their respective positions. Thersea was supervisor of the Wildwood Water Utility and Edmund, (better known as Ed) was the treasurer of Cape May County. In celebration of these events two separate dinners were given in their honor.

Theresa Grant was honored on Jan. 28, at the Bayview Inn and the entire back of the restaurant was filled with friends, neighbors and Wildwood City Hall staff. Theresa Marie D’Amico Grant is the eldest daughter of Patricia and John D’Amico Sr. She married her childhood sweetheart, Edmund Grant Jr. and has two daughters, Ashley Marie and Brittany Marie, and two granddaughters, Gianna Viola and Ryleigh Ann. She attended Wildwood High School and graduated in 1974. In 1975 when 18 years old she began her journey with the city of Wildwood , and worked there for 36 years.

At Theresa’s dinner Kevin Yecco was the master of ceremonies as he was for Ed Grants’ dinner, and many members of her family were in attendance including her mom Pat D’Amico and her father John D’Amico along with his wife, Janice. Also there were her sister Mary and brothers Chris, John Jr, and Mark D’Amico.  Chris and Mark work for the city of Wildwood.

Theresa wrote in the evening’s program that her bittersweet retirement was a life-changing decision. Her co-workers became a second family to her, she said, and she thanked all that came, which included Wanda Soto-Frankenfield, one of her closest friends, Lisa Brown, Karen Gose, Hope Pinto, Kelly Krisciunas, Rachel Fleck, and Chris Wood, the city clerk was in attendance.

On Friday March 3, at the Grand Hotel in Cape May, Edmund Grant Jr. was surprised by a party in honor of his retirement. More than 100 people lauded the former county treasurer, including former Freeholders Dan Beyel and Ralph Bakley, and Freeholders Jerry Thornton, Sue Sheppard, Will Morey, and Kristine Gabor were there to read a proclamation in his honor.

Francine Springer is now the acting treasurer, and she was at the dinner with her husband Eric, and in-laws- Bud and Lorraine Springer. Also there were Roxanne Catarcio, Sharon Seyler, and from the office of tourism was Debbie Bass and Diane Wieland. Beth Bozzeli posed with Beth Neville. Beth was recently promoted in the county. Shep Taylor, head of Management Information Services for the county, was there with Laurie Howey.

County Clerk Rita Fulginiti was with Barbara Bakely Marino and Tony Marino. Helping to get everyone into the ballroom and keeping them quiet was the job of  Kathy Bakley, Marcie Hughes and LeAnne Holmes. Ed Grant entered and was fairly surprised since he had seen some friends from Dallas in the lobby that were purchasing agents which was the position he had before he became county treasurer. So that gave away the surprise. He was very gallant about it and seemed surprised by all the excitement.

His whole family was there which includes daughter Ashley with her daughters Gianna and Ryleigh, and Ashley’s significant other Rob Sharp. His sister Helen Grant came up from Florida and his newly found brother Mike Ginnoti was there from Arkansas. Ed found out two years ago when he lost his half sister that he had a full brother that now lived away and they were to be reunited. What neither knew was that they grew up together even protected each other while thy were involved in sports together. In fact many believed Mike to be Ed when they walked down on the beach in Wildwood Crest. It’s a long story and they should have gone on “Oprah.”

The speeches were great and some good friends told some great stories.

Carol Miller and Margot Murphy did a great job organizing the dinner, and Ed and Theresa are now relaxing in the Florida sun. Both of you enjoy your retirement.

Rita Fulginiti, Tony and Barbara Marino, Roxanne Catarico, and Sharon Seyler. Rita Fulginiti, Tony and Barbara Marino, Roxanne Catarico, and Sharon Seyler.

Pam Neville, with Beth Bozzeli. Pam Neville, with Beth Bozzeli.

Debbie Bass, Diane Weiland, and Jeannine Yecco, at Ed Grant's dinner. Debbie Bass, Diane Weiland, and Jeannine Yecco, at Ed Grant's dinner.

Ryleigh and Ashley sit with Gianna and Rob. Ryleigh and Ashley sit with Gianna and Rob.

Laurie Howey and Sheppard Taylor, who is the Management Information Services director for the county.  Laurie Howey and Sheppard Taylor, who is the Management Information Services director for the county.

City Clerk Chris Wood with Theresa Grant. City Clerk Chris Wood with Theresa Grant.

Lisa Brown, Karen Gose, Theresa Grant, and Hope Pinto. Lisa Brown, Karen Gose, Theresa Grant, and Hope Pinto.

Ron Grookett and Gary Ziegler, with Donna Dennis and Theresa Grant. Ron Grookett and Gary Ziegler, with Donna Dennis and Theresa Grant.

Theresa Grant's Family. Theresa Grant's Family.

Theresa Grant's office staff. Theresa Grant's office staff.

Kelly Krisciunas and Rachel Fleck, standing, join Wanda Soto-Frankenfield and Theresa Grant, seated. Kelly Krisciunas and Rachel Fleck, standing, join Wanda Soto-Frankenfield and Theresa Grant, seated.

Former freeholder Dan Beyel, with Freeholders Will Morey, Sue Sheppard, Jerry Thornton, Kris Gabor and former freeholder Ralph Bakley and Ed Grant. Former freeholder Dan Beyel, with Freeholders Will Morey, Sue Sheppard, Jerry Thornton, Kris Gabor and former freeholder Ralph Bakley and Ed Grant.


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