Grant Walsh

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Grant Walsh, 33, of Chicago, IL, formerly of Shiloh, IL, born April 15, 1988, in Belleville, IL, passed away peacefully in his sleep, November 4, 2021.

Grant graduated from Althoff Catholic High School and Illinois State University. He was a Photographer/Photo Stylist for Groupon and Crate and Barrel in Chicago. Grant was a creative, kind, and humorous person that will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his father, Francis R. Walsh; his grandparents, Francis and Virginia, nee Novak, Walsh, and Eugene and Anne, nee Toth, Wickman; two uncles, Thomas Wickman and Thomas Walsh; an uncle and aunt, Lynn and Judith, nee Walsh, Cooper; and a cousin, Keith Cooper.

Surviving are his mother, Carole, nee Wickman, Walsh; a brother and sister-in-law, Tim Walsh and Ann Niehoff Walsh; a nephew and neice, Ian and Sylvia Walsh; his uncles and aunts, James (Margaret) Wickman, Patrica (Donald) Sullivan, Mary (Robert) Olsen, and Denise McNabb; and many cousins and many dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, November 11, 2021, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines will be followed, including masks and social distancing.

 Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 11, 2021, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Masks are required.

Burial will be at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

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37 Comments on Grant Walsh

Sophie and Michael Levy said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2021 at 10:19 AM

Words cannot express this loss and the void left in all of our hearts. Grant was a creative force and an inspiration to us all. He showed us his vision in life and how he saw the world always seemed to be so beautiful. Let us carry on his passions and let his spirit push us further every day. So much love, Sophie and Michael

  • Chicago
  • IL
hayley@hayleyfisk.com said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2021 at 12:01 PM

Carole, I’m so sorry for your loss and deeply saddened to hear about Grant’s passing. Grant was such wonderful & genuinely kind person. He was also one of the most talented photographers and artists I had the honor of working alongside at ISU. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and sending all my love.

  • Los Angeles
  • CA
Lara said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2021 at 7:38 AM

I’ll always remember Grant’s first day at Crate & CB2. He was an awesome addition to our style team… an incredible talent with impeccable taste and an infectious laugh & warm smile. I loved getting to work with him, we all did. We were all so shocked and saddened to hear. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I’m sending all the love and prayers to your family.

  • Chicago
  • IL
Carrie Taylor said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2021 at 10:40 AM

I'm so sorry to hear about Grant. He was such a sweet guy!! We met at Althoff and graduated in 2006.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Amelia becker said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2021 at 6:26 PM

Carole, my husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Grant through a friend at a hockey game. Although we only knew him briefly, we were absolutely enchanted. He was a warm, happy and positive person. Our hearts are filled with sorrow and can’t imagine your pain. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Elmhurst
  • Il
Frank T. Babka said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2021 at 11:27 AM

Carole- Please accept my deepest sympathy over Grant's premature passing. He was a wonderful young man. God bless you and yours. Sincerely, Frank Babka

  • Swansea
  • Ill.
Betty Barquin said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2021 at 11:13 PM

Carol, I worked with Grant, where he assisted me. Such a sweet and talented man. He would tell me about your home and love of the holidays and say this is where his talents came from. I am so very sad for this news. I send you my condolences for you and your family, may the memory of his warm smile, help your hearts at this difficult times.

  • Key West
  • FL
Cindy Kaye Crannage said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2021 at 2:34 PM

Carole, Please accept my sincere sympathy for your tragic loss. My prayers are with you at this time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jenna Todoroff said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2021 at 10:46 AM

So many of my memories at St. Teresa, Althoff and beyond involve Grant. He was a friend to everyone, a stranger to none, and one of the most talented artists I’ve ever known. My heart is completely broken… and I know many others’ are too. He was the guy who knew how to make us laugh and smile — and he knew how to throw a heck of a Halloween in July party or a surprise birthday party. He was so loved by all. Sending my deepest sympathies to Carole and the rest of his family. We love you, Grant.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Dennis Kelahan said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2021 at 3:43 PM

Carole, I am so sorry for your loss I can’t imagine your pain. Karen and I lost our first baby after only 24 hours. I guess I would have multiple that hurt by 33 years. I am praying that God gives you comfort and sustains you in yet another tragedy.

  • Jacksonville
  • Illinois
Nathan Estenson said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2021 at 2:14 PM

Carole, so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of knowing Grant and working with him on set. He was kind and tuned in to others needs and always spoke highly of you. He will be dearly missed.

  • Chicago
  • IL
Barbara Scheid said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2021 at 12:42 PM

I wish to express my deepest and most sincere condolences to Grants mother, and family, and friends. I’m so very sorry for your great loss. May peace surround you all as you move thru these difficult times. May your memories comfort and strengthen each and every one of you. My heart aches for all who knew him and loved him so. I had the pleasure to meet Grant thru my son Matt in Chicago.

  • Crystal Lake
  • Illinois
Amanda Longton said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2021 at 10:44 AM

I am heart sick and devastated. I was lucky enough to spend time with Grant at ISU. He was one of the highlights of my day and I loved any time I was able to get with him, Grant was charming, witty, darling, brilliant, creative, fascinating, and classically handsome. I always assumed that I would be reading about him in Variety one day. Grant was one of those extraordinary people that made everyone better for just having known him. I am so very sorry for your loss. I promise you that he will live on in so many hearts. Grant was a precious, shooting star and I consider myself so lucky to have experienced his light. All of my thoughts are with his family.

  • Seattle
  • WA
John C Swenson said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2021 at 9:26 AM

This world was never meant for one As beautiful as you from the song Vincent, by Don McLean

  • Bluffton
  • South Carolina
Ben & Karin McLaughlin said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2021 at 7:57 AM

I am at a loss for words, we are deeply saddened for you! Grant was your world! Grant was such a great talented guy full of so much knowledge, love and amazing at everything he set out to accomplish! We are so glad we had the opportunity to meet him and spend time with you and Grant through the years! He will be missed! Our hearts are broken for you!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Nancy Fewkes said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2021 at 8:00 PM

This is so very sad. I was fortunate to have spent time with Grant as his academic advisor at ISU. He was always kind, sweet, intelligent, and funny—always carried a beautiful light and gentle energy inside. We’re grateful to have had him as part of our community. Profund condolences and prayers to Grant’s family.

  • Bloomington
  • Illinois
Mitch McCaffery said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2021 at 6:50 PM

Grant was so special. He had that rare ability to invite you into his home and instantly make you feel so comfortable and loved. A great, kind soul with a caring heart and dorky sense of humor. You are already missed so much.

  • Chicago
  • IL
Jim, Rose and Mike Kiwala said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2021 at 5:49 PM

Carol, So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with with you in this tragic situation. Love you! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Arnold
  • Mo
Matt Schwerin said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2021 at 12:15 PM

I worked with Grant both at Groupon and Crate, as well as collaborating with him on a personal photo shoot at one point. He was such a funny and talented guy with a great laugh and good sense of humor. I’m praying that the God of all comfort gives you some peace in this time. So sorry for your loss.

  • Chicago
  • Il
Anja Keppeler said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2021 at 10:20 AM

I worked with Grant at Groupon, and he was a talented stylist. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with him.

  • Chicago
  • IL
Nick Constantin said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2021 at 10:08 AM

Sometimes life is so unfair. Sorry for your loss .

  • Belleville
  • IL
Rhondal McKinney said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2021 at 9:39 AM

So sorry to hear of the passing of Grant. I was one of his photo teachers at ISU. Grant’s work was very smart and I thought he would do very well in art school and beyond in whatever career he chose. He was a very friendly and likable person, helpful to his peers and a pleasure to be around. I think every teacher dreads to hear about the loss of a student. A deep loss.

  • Bloomington
  • IL
Joe and Rose Ebert said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2021 at 9:26 AM

Carol our prayers for you and yours. You have been so strong with all of the loss of family. I know that God is with you.

  • Dardenne Prairie
  • MO
Diane Smith (Hayhurst) said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2021 at 8:51 AM

It was such a shock. Carol I am so sorry. It seems like just yesterday that the boys were doing things together. Please know that I am here if you need anything. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family

  • Lebanon
  • IL
Justin D Spears said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2021 at 8:02 AM

Tim, I want to send my heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to you and your family. So sorry about your loss.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Patty Williams said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2021 at 12:30 AM

Carol, I wake up and go to sleep thinking and praying for some kind of understanding and comfort at this time and going forward. We're here for you and love you. Patty & Mike

  • Belleville
  • IL
Rhonda Miller said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2021 at 10:45 PM

Such a handsome man with a beautiful smile. So deeply sorry for your loss Tim and Annie. Sending love and prayers ❤️🙏❤️

  • Hillsboro
  • Mo
Meredith Reiniger said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2021 at 9:42 PM

I went to college with Grant and was in a handful of art classes during our time there. He always had such inventive artwork and he was a very kind person. My prayers go out to family and friends during this difficult time! 🙏

  • Aurora
  • IL
Graham S said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2021 at 8:53 PM

The world has lost an amazing person. Grant was such a kind soul, he will be dearly missed by all of those who had the privilege of knowing him.

  • Chicago
  • IL
Mary Biegler said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2021 at 8:51 PM

I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your son Grant, my deepest sympathy. God be with him . Peace be with you 🙏🏻

  • St Charles
  • Mo
feistkathy@gmail.com said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2021 at 6:10 PM

Sending my condolences and prayers to Grant’s family.

  • Shiloh
  • Il
Sharon Fahrner said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2021 at 4:17 PM

Dear Carole, I was so shocked & saddened to hear about Grant’s passing. I remember him at St Teresa’s. He was such a good student. I always enjoyed having him in class. What a great kid he was! May he Rest In Peace. I will be praying for you. Sharon Fahrner

  • Swansea
  • IL
James McNabb said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2021 at 2:15 PM

Carole and the entire family are in my prayers.

  • Weber City
  • VA
PJ and Linda Cronin said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2021 at 8:57 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. We can’t even imagine the sorrow you are experiencing right now but we will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • West Point
  • Utah
Lizzie (Nelson) Lehde said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2021 at 9:51 PM

I am so very saddened to have learned of Grant's passing. He was in my brother, Nick's, class at both St. Teresa and Althoff, I had the privilege of doing theater at Althoff with Grant. I remember him always being just so kind and smiley, Thoughts and prayers are with the Walsh family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Rosemary Heinen said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2021 at 8:50 PM

So sorry to hear about Grant. He was a great guy.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Rosemary Heinen said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2021 at 8:44 PM

So sorry to hear about grant. He was a great person

  • Belleville
  • Il

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