Miles Taylor Grant, 34, of Philadelphia, died April 4, 2022. He was shot by a gunman a few blocks from where he lived in the city's Frankford neighborhood and died at Temple University Hospital.
Born February 24, 1988, in Charlottesville, Virginia, he was the son of Megan (Fitzgerald) Ward of Havertown, Pennsylvania, and Thomas Grant of Bridgewater, Connecticut. Miles grew up in Havertown and on vacations visited family members in Dewey Beach, Delaware, and Berryville, Virginia. He attended Old Haverford Friends Meeting and was a graduate of Haverford High School.
A lifelong lover of music, Miles was a proficient bass player who had received instruction at Paul Green School of Rock in Center City. He contributed to his father's second solo album and admired the Grateful Dead. He had a passion for Philadelphia's geography and landmarks. Of the two great cheesesteak purveyors in South Philly--Geno's Steaks and Pat's King of Steaks--Miles favored Pat's.
He was a former employee of the Cinemark University City Penn 6 movie theater and the now-defunct Harvest restaurant, which had operated in University City. He did volunteer work at Neighborhood Bike Works, a charitable organization in the Philadelphia area that refurbishes bicycles and donates them to children.
In addition to his parents, Miles is survived by his sister, Cullen (Grant) McCormick (Mike), and his niece, Mary Grace McCormick, both of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania; his stepsisters, Lauren Caulk, of Brooklyn, New York, and Leslie Boyd, of Denver, Colorado; his stepbrothers, Brian Boyd, of Easton, Pennsylvania, Mackenzie Ward, of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and Andrew Ward, of Mosier, Oregon; his stepmother, Christina Campbell, of Bridgewater, Connecticut; his stepfather, Dana Ward, of Havertown; his stepgrandmother, Pamela (Duffy) Fitzgerald, of Denver, North Carolina; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by his grandparents: Mary Grace (Brennan) Fitzgerald, Robert M. Fitzgerald, Isabella (Hart) Grant and William K-F. Grant. Miles was named after one of his great-grandfathers, Miles Taylor Hart.