Popular business owners Greg and Patricia Grant (fourth and fifth from the left) lost their lives in a car crash in India.
Popular business owners Greg and Patricia Grant (fourth and fifth from the left) lost their lives in a car crash in India. Contributed

Tragic end to holiday for Caloundra couple

A CALOUNDRA businessman and his wife, killed in a car crash in India, have been remembered as a generous "charming couple" who loved the Sunshine Coast.

Greg Grant, 69, and his wife Patricia, 68, were passengers in a taxi which was hit by a truck as they were on the way to the airport at Udaipur, in the western province of Rajashan, to begin their journey back home after a holiday.

The Grants own the Saddlery Trading Company and were well known through their successful saddlery companies and long-time ownership of thoroughbred racehorses.

The couple's daughter, Amanda Innes, and son-in-law, Wroxton Innes, were travelling in another cab at the time of the collision and had to formally identify the bodies on Saturday.

For the past 35 years the Grants have built their business into the largest supplier of equestrian equipment and horse riding apparel in Australia.

As well as their warehouse in Caloundra, they owned Greg Grant Saddlery stores at Annerley and Aspley.

Local horse trainer Trevor Miller, who trained two of Mr Grant's racehorses, yesterday remembered him as a successful businessman who always treated everyone with respect, and Mrs Grant as a "lovely lady".

Mr Miller said the couple were regulars at Corbould Park racecourse and a number of their thoroughbreds raced on the Caloundra track.

"He was good to deal with; he was a good person. It is just a shame you know, a real shame," Mr Miller said.

"He was a great person as far as business went and he was very generous as he sponsored a lot of areas.

"He was a very down-to-earth person. He wasn't a big noter and he treated everyone the same."

In 2009, the couple donated 245 horse rugs worth more than $30,000 from their business to Mooloolaba woman Vicki Brown during a fundraiser for the Victorian RSPCA in the wake of that state's bushfires.

Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle met the couple a year ago when they installed the region's largest solar panel set-up on their business.

He spoke highly of his dealings with the couple and said "they will be sadly missed".

"I found them to be a charming couple who were devoted to each other and their family," he said.

"They were viewed as a loving couple who had a long connection to the Coast."

The Grants have two children, Amanda and Barton, and three grandchildren.