Grant Hamady, long-time Flint real estate agency owner, dies at 84 –

Grant F. Hamady and his wife, Carolyn, are shown in this Flint Journal file photo.
FLINT, MI — Grant F. Hamady, the long-time owner and broker of a Flint-based real estate company, has died at 84.
Hamady died Wednesday, April 19, and funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road.
Born in Flint, Hamady owned Grant Hamady Realty, specializing in residential property in Flint, particularly in the city’s College and Cultural neighborhood.
He was one of four children of the late Jack Hamady, the former president of Hamady Bros., which at its peak owned 37 supermarkets in Genesee County.
“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Grant Hamady. Like the entire Hamady family, Grant found many ways to serve our community, including in the military, as a realtor and a businessman,” U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Twp., said in a statement issued by his office. “He never forgot his hometown of Flint and was always looking to give back. Our community is a better place to work, live and raise a family because of Grant’s work. He was a very good friend, and I will miss him dearly.”
Hamady graduated from the University of Michigan with a business degree after serving in the Army, according to his son, David Hamady. He worked as a real estate agent before starting his own company in the early 1970s.
The company was later affiliated with Weichert Realtors and Grant Hamady never stopped working at the business.
“He had a work ethic like nobody else. He worked constantly,” David Hamady said of his father. “He dedicated all of his time to his company.”
That dedication likely came from Grant Hamady having seen his own father, Jack, a native of Lebanon, routinely wake at 3 a.m. to travel to Detroit for produce for the Flint-area Hamady grocery stores.
David Hamady said his father never entertained the idea of fully retiring but later in life, facing health challenges, he conceded he might slow down but would continue to work seven days a week — just “maybe a little less” than he used to.
Through his work, his son said, he was able to encourage others to take advantage of their opportunities in real estate and property management.
“He always looked to give somebody an opportunity,” David Hamady said. “He was just very kind and willing to help people.”
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