5th July 1929 - 31st March 2002
Grant Smith's first contact with the Airline industry was on Kangaroo Island in the early 1950s where he worked for Bonds Tours who operated the bus services between Kingscote and the airport at Cygnet River.
Grant's first direct employment in the industry was to work for the Guinea Airways Ltd. Route agent on the island, Dudley Shepherd. He cheekily secured his position by answering the agent's advertisement for an "Office girl".
In October 1955, Grant joined Australian National Airways and carried out shift work on the passenger counter in the old North Terrace office adjacent to the Strathmore Hotel.
In September 1956 he transferred to Guinea Airways Ltd. and worked in the Reservation area under the supervision of Doug Sanderson. He became a Senior Clerk in October 1959 when Ansett-ANA took over Guinea Airways to form Airlines of South Australia.
January 1966 heralded a change for Grant, when he became Sales Supervisor for Airlines of South Australia following the transfer of Aubrey Bartsch to New Guinea. He soon became Sales Manager and held that position until the Airline ceased operations in June 1986.
He was then appointed to the position of Special Projects Manager for Ansett Airlines of Australia until his retirement in 1987 following 35 years of service in the airline industry.
Grant is missed by many friends from all sectors of the Airline industry as he had shown more interest than most in both the history and operational sides of aviation in general.