William J. Grunwell Sr.

William J. Grunwell Sr. of West Chester William J. Grunwell, Sr., 80, of West Chester, husband of the late Judith V. Grunwell, died on Friday, April 12, 2013, surrounded by his family. Bill was one of nine children and is survived by four sisters and a brother who grew up in the Milltown area of West Chester. Bill served in the U.S. Army (Company "A" 710th Tank Battalion) as an Electronic Countermeasure Operator and retired from National Rolling Mills / Worthington Armstrong Venture after 33 years. Bill was a man of few words and a family friend once quipped "You can never say anything bad about a quiet man". The inference was that a quiet person is good and decent, and though these attributes certainly apply to Bill, there is great omission in that observation. He was an exceptional man. Anyone who knew him a lifetime could tell you that, but you would never know or hear any evidence from him directly. He was modest but quietly confident. He had a terrific sense of humor and a beautiful baritone voice, but not many people had the opportunity to hear. He loved his family unconditionally, rarely asked for help, and never asked for anything in return. You wouldn't know these qualities from Bill himself, but his family and friends can tell you about a person rarely met. He was a strongly independent man who did not force his views onto others; a man who never sought out from another person anything for his own gain; a man who offered help without any expectations, even without the expectation of your gratitude; a short but strong man who could work tirelessly with his wife, Judy, to build the family's house after work hours; and a man who only claimed three sick days in 33 years at a steel mill. His grandchildren can tell you of the softer side of "Pop Pop", who loved them as themselves and for their company: whether it was during any weekly family get together, a Halloween tractor ride to find hidden pumpkins around the yard, or any other event that involved his grandchildren. They can tell you about a grandfather who never criticized and always had faith in their abilities. Some might be surprised by the fondness he developed in later years for Judy's Maltese dogs, especially since Bill's stoic nature, bushy beard, and flannel shirts suggested a Labrador might prove better company, but his family already knew of his softer side. He loved gardening, fishing, baseball (as a baseball player in his youth on the Milltown team and while listening to the Phillies throughout every season), and hunting. He is survived by his three sons, William Jr., Mark, and John, three loving daughters-in-law, and eight grandchildren. They thank him for the privilege of knowing his unique grace, steadfast love, and quiet wisdom. They also thank the wonderful people at Pocopson Home they've met over the past few years. The employees there are to be celebrated for the kindness, patience, and care they have shown not only to Judy and Bill, but to so many others in our community. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 at Paoli Presbyterian Church, 225 South Valley Road, Paoli. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: Pocopson Home, Attn: Faye Dunn, 1695 Lenape Rd., West Chester, PA 19382. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.foundsfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Daily Local on Apr. 25, 2013