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John Thomas Granrose, 83, died peacefully at home on November 24th, 2022, in Malton, England. Born on November 5, 1939, in Miami, Florida to the late Sylvester Granrose and Kathryn (Bradfield) Granrose, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen Rodriguez Thorne.

John leaves behind his loving wife, Jennifer (Iliffe), daughter Karen (Bruce) Friend of Roswell, GA, son Jonathan (Krista) Granrose of Raleigh, NC, former wife and mother of his children, Cherlyn (Skromme) Granrose, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

John graduated from the University of Miami in 1961 where he was active in the UM Honors Program, president of the UM Philosophy Club and was elected to several honor societies including Phi Beta Kappa and Iron Arrow, the highest honor awarded at UM. After graduation, he studied as a Fulbright Scholar, in Austria and Heidelberg, Germany.

After receiving his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Michigan in 1966, John taught Philosophy at the University of Georgia for 27 years until he retired in 1993. While teaching at UGA, he won many teaching awards including the Meigs Distinguished Teaching Award in 1984.

In addition to his time at UGA, John taught as a visiting exchange professor at Keele University in England and at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany. During the semester in England, he became a member of The Magic Circle in London. Magic was a passion of John’s his entire life.

In addition to magic, music has always been a part of John’s life from playing the bassoon and trombone in high school to playing the banjo and recorder later in life.  John sang in the church choir and loved his time singing in several Barbershop Quartets in Europe and the US.

In 1996, John graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute Zurich and had a private practice in Athens, Georgia. In 1998, he returned to the Jung Institute as Director of Studies in Zurich, Switzerland.

In 2018, John moved to England to a small market town, Malton in North Yorkshire to be closer to his wife’s family. There he attended All Saints Settrington with Scagglethorpe, a united parish of 8 village churches in the English countryside in the Parish of West Buckrose. John’s funeral and burial will be December 15, 2022, at All Saints Settrington in England. 

To quote Leonard Cohen’s ‘You Want it Darker’ album, “I’m ready, my Lord.” To learn more about John, visit his homepage at

Memorial donations can be made to International Rescue Fund (IRC), Doctors without Borders,  St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, 3195 Barnett Shoals Rd. Athens, GA 30605, or a charity of your choice. 

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