Austin Grant was described as the life of the party and the man who always wanted to give back.
“He wanted to see a smile on everyone’s face and that’s what we’re trying to give back to him, is keeping our smile on our face,” said Casey Jones, Grant’s friend.
But if you needed to find the 23-year-old, the woods were your best bet.
Grant’s mom, Lori Grant, said “The most important thing to him was hunting and he hunted everything.”
Grant’s friend Taylor Reynolds sid, “Every year me and Austin we hunted together. The last deer he shot was right in the next field over.
In 2012, Grant was killed when his pick up collided with a truck on route 1 in Ellsworth.
His friends and family couldn’t imagine a hunting opening day without him, so last year they started a hunter’s breakfast in his memory.
The money from the breakfast went towards a headstone Grant had wanted.
It’s a personal stone, with pictures of his pickup truck and the last buck he hunted.
“To have a place to go to, to visit, to bring things, I can’t imagine not having it,” said Grant’s mother.
This year, the event will help one of Grant’s friends, Bruce Farrar, who lost his battle to cancer on October 3rd.
The money will allow Farrar’s family to buy a headstone and Grant’s friends to keep his memory alive.
“Knowing that he’s up above, watching over us probably just smiling and laughing at all the crazy things we do in memory of him,” said Tanner Talbot, Grant’s friend.
The breakfast is at the Thorndike Town Office, 125 Mt. View Road on November 2nd, bright and early at 4:30am.
Proceeds from the event will go towards Bruce Farrar’s head stone and the Warm Waldo Fund.
Adults can eat for $6 and those twelve and under get in for $3.