St. Louis-area retailer Metro Lighting lost its Custom Salesman Ed Graning when he died July 17 following surgery complications. He was 64.
Graning began working in lighting more than 40 years ago at the Lamp and Lantern, where he learned the home building and electrical industry. He then went on to work at Villa Lighting before finally settling at Metro Lighting. Throughout his career, Graning was known for keeping a positive outlook, befriending everyone he met and providing excellent customer service.
Mark England, Graning’s co-worker and office mate at Metro Lighting for more than 20 years, says Graning was a very knowledgeable salesman, but that his geniality was what set him apart.
“Ed had a vast wealth of knowledge. If you showed him a bulb, he could tell you where and when it was made,” England says. “He was also very personable, though, and would give you 120 percent on any job, whether it’s a job that would get him one dollar or a million dollars.”
Graning is survived by his wife, Elise; his son, Andy; his daughter, Laurie; and his grandchildren: Paul Graning, Taylor Graning, Carson Luther, Kate Luther and Emma Luther.
Family and friends gathered to celebrate Graning’s life on July 23. In his memory, donations may be made to the St. Louis Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at 50 Crestwood Executive Dr., Ste. 401, St. Louis, MO 63126 or any other charity.