John E. "Jack" GRIMM III

GRIMM III, John E. "Jack"

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John E. "Jack" Grimm III, 90, a retired business executive, died peacefully at his home in North Palm Beach, FL, on March 31, 2013 with his loving wife, Ann R. Grimm, and his beloved dog Lily. He is also survived by a sister, Nan M. Freeman. He was preceded in death by brothers, C. Peter Grimm and Robert D. Grimm. He was a loving uncle to ten nieces and nephews and many great nephews and great nieces. Jack was born July 7, 1922 in Dayton, OH to Helen Aurland Grimm and John E. Grimm, Jr. His family moved to the New York area where he attended Scarsdale High School. Jack graduated from Dartmouth College in 1944, and The Amos Tuck School of Business. He attended Midshipman School at Northwestern University, Chicago and served in the U.S. Navy as a Navigator, First Lieutenant, and Executive Officer, from 1942 to 1946. After his naval service, Jack began his career in the training program at Macy's. He was hired by Lever Brothers and then by Sterling Drug, becoming a corporate vice president. In 1961, he accepted a position as a corporate vice president at the Colgate-Palmolive Co. where he worked for 24 years, retiring in 1984. In 1985 he founded Midbrook, Inc., a business consulting firm. He resided in Southampton, NY, and had been a resident of New York City for over 50 years. He was a member of Gipsy Trail Club in Carmel, NY, The Meadow Club and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, NY, The Racquet and Tennis Club in New York City, NY, and The Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach, FL. Jack was active in business and philanthropic endeavors, serving as President and Chairman of Madison Square Boys and Girls Club of New York City, Vice President of the Board, and Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of The Southampton Hospital, and a former member of the Skin Cancer Foundation Board. He also co-authored "My One Big Break", a book of inspiring stories of successful business and professional leaders. Jack was an avid golfer and tennis player and was considered by all who knew him as true gentleman. Above all, Jack shared his life with an incredible group of loyal friends. Funeral Services will be private. A celebration of Jack's life will be held at a later date. The family asks that remembrances in Jack's name be made to the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club of New York City, or The Southampton Hospital, Southampton, NY.

Published in The Palm Beach Post from Apr. 3 to Apr. 4, 2013