Stan Grant, who died last week, left Manchester the better for having spent his life here. That meant leaving twice to serve his country, once in World War II and again in the Korean conflict.

But like many Granite Staters from that “greatest generation,” Grant came home to put his shoulder to the wheel, build a career and family, and help his city in quiet but important ways.

In Stan Grant’s case, the career was all about wheels.

Working first with his own father in the business, Grant built State Motors Lincoln Mercury into a brand recognized regionally and nationally. His sons have maintained that distinction.

His company’s success allowed him to give back, as a Kiwanian, a Mason, and a supporter of various children’s funds, without fuss or fanfare.

May he rest in peace.