Developer responsible for large-scale projects in Birch Bay dies at 69

Published on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Bill Grant, a Canadian developer who built many of the large-scale resort projects in Birch Bay, has died at the age of 69.

Grant died November 27 at his home in Vancouver, B.C. Grant was the founder and CEO of Gold Star Resorts. Gold Star  built the Sandcastle Resort and the two Worldmark resort buildings in Birch Bay, in addition to the Beachcomber RV Park.

Grant was born in New Westminster, B.C., on July 13, 1942. Grant became the president of Nabob Foods at the age of 34 after climbing the ranks of Procter & Gamble. Grant was also involved on a number of boards and clubs in Vancouver and ran in both federal and civic elections.

Grant was especially proud of the resorts he built in Birch Bay, according to his family. He enjoyed memberships and friendships in the Terminal City Club and the Vancouver Golf Club.

A memorial service was held  on Wednesday, December 7. Grant is survived by his wife Sue, children Douglas, Brian and Cheryl, and grandchildren Ella and William, in addition to his brother Robert, nieces, nephews and cousins.
 

 Above, right: Grant presents plans for the Sandcastle Resort at a community meeting. The resort was finished in 2006.