Phil Grant RIP

Phil Burnham, CLC National Director, writes:

Phil Grant, a much-respected long-term member of CLC International (UK), was called home peacefully on September 27th. He was undergoing a further cycle of chemotherapy and had been admitted to hospital the day before.

He and Pat, together with five year old Jon, began their service to the Church through CLC in February 1977. Phil gave up a very successful career in the retail TV trade to follow the Lord’s clear leading into CLC. He had previously served as a volunteer in the CLC Birmingham bookshop and it was there that he returned fulltime after the Candidate’s Course, which in those days was an amazing six months in length!

Phil’s retail experience proved invaluable and in due course he became Manager of the store. His business skills, but also more importantly his heart for people and their spiritual needs, soon became evident. He was an avid reader and was very often able to connect the customer with the right book at the right time.

Upon the retirement of Allan and Doris Race, Phil became Head of UK Retail in 1988, overseeing the 18 or so Christian bookshops that CLC had at that time. He had great ability in upgrading shops so that they became more efficient, and also had a real passion for the welfare of the personnel in each of the CLC centres. His management skills and pastoral care were much appreciated by the CLC fellowship and he and Pat were later appointed CLC UK National Directors, a position they held until 2005.

After stepping down from CLC UK leadership in 2005, Phil continued to serve in CLC’s Birmingham shop on a part time basis and this he enjoyed greatly, despite increasing ill health and the toll taht this took on his body. Passionate to the end about Christian literature, it is no surprise that it was less than two weeks before his homecalling on 27th September that he decided he could no longer continue volunteering part time in the Birmingham shop.

Phil also served for a time as a Trustee of both CLC International (UK) and CLC International Office and was also involved in other charitable work as a Trustee.
He is and will be sorely missed not only by his CLC colleagues but also by many who knew him in the trade.

Funeral Arrangements

Phil’s Burial and Celebration Service: Friday 8th October

  • Dress code: minimal black – Phil loved colourful things!!
  • The committal, at which all are welcome, will take place at 12pm at Westall Park Burial Ground, Holberrow Green, Redditch, Worcestershire B96 6JY Tel: 01386 792806.
  • The cortege will depart from Pat’s house (address available on request: contact Phil Burnham) at 11am should you wish to follow us. The journey will take approximately 45 mins from there
  • Should you wish to meet us directly at Westall Park, directions are available here: http://westallpark.homestead.com/Contactuslocation2.html

The committal will take around 15 mins, after which time we will head back to Oldbury for the Celebration Service at 1.30pm:

  • Kings Community Church, Tame Road, Oldbury B68 OJP
  • Parking is limited at the church and you will have to use the surrounding side streets and the Co-op car park (at your own risk!)
  • A hot drink will be available upon arrival at the church between 1.00-1.30pm
  • Celebration Service, at which all are welcome, will commence at 1.30pm. it will last approximately 1 hr 15 mins
  • A buffet will follow in the Oaktree Centre adjoining the church

Donations in Memory of Phil

Rather than floral tributes, we would prefer financial donations which will be split equally between the following charities chosen by Pat: Bradbury House Day Hospice, CLC and Krunch (the charity of which Jon is the Director). If you wish to write a cheque, please make it payable to ‘Kings Community Church’ and hand it to the treasurer after the Celebration Service. He will distribute the funds accordingly thereafter.

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4 thoughts on “Phil Grant RIP

  1. Pat, You were married to a real gentleman. Phil was always forthright but never nasty. I enjoyed visiting you in the store in the Bullring and at your home. Wonderful days, wonderful people. My prayers are with you and the wider family at this time. I suspect Phil will be trying to sell books upstairs tonight!
    Your good friend
    Bill Williams
    Milton Keynes

  2. I worked with Phil at the start of the Goodbookstall website ten years ago and valued not only his faith and committment, but also the way he brought sense, inspiration and diplomacy into discussions. All of us from those early Goodbookstall days remember him fondly and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the greater CLC family also.

  3. I too had the priviledge of working with Phil on the BA Christian Booksellers trade body. I found Phil to be a wise and godly man and a great ambassador for CLC Bookshops. Our trade is far richer for his involvement and will be much poorer without him around. Like so many others, I was deeply impressed by Phil’s committment to Christian literature and the Gospel.

  4. I first met Phil at CBC in the days of the Blackpool Norbreck Castle & for some reason, I just knew our paths would cross again & again in the coming years – his character & charm shone through at first breath of conversation & I would grow to know well his good humour & faith in equal measure. Meeting with Phil at CLC Sheffield as he picked up the reins from Alan Race, I’m sure that Phil was a little concerned, as Alan was a hard act to follow but that only showed Phil’s humility, not lack of skill or knowledge. Phil’s efforts made every job a success, although I lost count of the times that he conjured up yet more shop equipment out of what must have been his cavernous garage or spare room!

    Every time we met, it felt as though no time had passed since the last chat we’d had, he would always tease me about something (usually costs!) & made business a pleasure, made life more interesting & made me happy to know him. Pat was his perfect foil, rolling her eyes at his latest comment even though there was no real need, Phil being Phil, it was all in fun.

    Phil’s final words to me in any conversation were always ‘Bless you’, truly meant & heartfelt. This time, they’re mine – thank you, Phil & bless you.

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