Life Story for
Berry Lewis Grant
Berry Lewis Grant, 63 years of New Park, PA, known to family members as “Bear” left this world on Sunday, February 26th 2017 in his home.
Born on January 13, 1954 in Baltimore, MD, he was a son of Berry Melvin Grant (Wife, Gloria Grant) and Lillian Woody.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Grant; sons-Jason Grant (wife, Morgan Grant) and Ben Grant (wife, Nikki Grant and granddaughter, Bailey Mae Grant); brothers-Doug Grant (wife, Dawn Grant); Warren Grant (wife, Shauna Grant) and honorary brother, David Israel (wife, Cindy Israel) and sisters-Barbara Quatman (husband, Frederick Quatman) and Martha Smith (husband, Edward Smith) along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins who will miss him terribly.
Berry volunteered for the U.S. Army at 18 and became a member of The Old Guard. Before his honorable discharge, the government bestowed upon him numerous awards and medals for outstanding service that led to him receiving the highest level security clearance to the White House.
He joined the Baltimore City Police Department and served for 25 years from 1977 to 2002 where he supervised the Homicide Unit for seven years as well as the Criminal Intelligence and Computer Crimes Units for two years. Berry was responsible for hundreds of homicide and fraud cases; he retired in 2002 as a highly respected leader in the law enforcement field throughout the State of Maryland.
From 2002 through 2012, he served as the Senior Fraud Investigator for Municipal Employees Credit Union where he supervised operational procedures and conducted investigations of cyber-fraud.
From 2002 to 2017, he completed investigative services for the Omniplex Corporation handling highly sensitive background investigations on potential candidates for high level government positions.
From 2013 to 2017, Berry was the Executive in Residence and the founding director of the MS in Forensic Science – High Technology Crime Program at University of Baltimore where he served as professor and mentor to hundreds of students.
Berry exuded passion in every facet of his life. He never held back on his political beliefs and opinions about our government or the federal justice system. He was also passionate in training police personnel and mentoring his students at the University of Baltimore. He will be remembered as a die-hard Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles fan, his love for his farm and animals, but especially his love for family and friends.
A memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday, April 1st beginning at 10 am at the Lyric Opera House at 140 W. Mt. Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201.
The University of Baltimore established The Berry Grant Memorial Fund to preserve his legacy and help support future generations of Forensic Science students. To donate, please visit https://ubalt.networkforgood.com/projects/25914-college-of-public-affairs-the-berry-grant-memorial-fund.