George Grice(1928 - 2013)

George Llewellyn Grice, Jr

Rhinebeck - George Llewellyn Grice, Jr. died at home in Rhinebeck, NY, with family and loyal cat Winston by his side, on February 20, 2013, after a brief illness. He was 84 years old. Until he moved east in October 2012 he had been a resident of Virginia City, Montana for ten years. He was a proud and loyal citizen of Montana, serving both the Episcopal Church and Virginia City in many capacities during his time there. Prior to moving to Montana, he had lived in Woodbury and Southbury, CT for over 35 years.

George was born on October 12, 1928 in Orange, NJ to George L. and Jane E. (Christy) Grice. During his youth, the family moved frequently; he lived in 17 different houses in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York and attended 14 different schools by the time he received his BA. He considered the Rochester, NY area his home. He graduated from Hartwick College in 1950 and the Harvard Business School in 1956. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving for three years during the Korean Conflict, primarily as an instructor in the Signal Corps.

George married Mary Case Drummond in 1954. They were married for 49 years, and raised four daughters, until her death in November 2003. Upon his graduation from the Harvard Business School, they moved to Ravenswood, WV, where he was employed by Kaiser Aluminum. In 1964 the family moved to Connecticut, where George worked for Scovill Manufacturing Co. and later for the Stanley Works. After retirement, they moved to Virginia City, Montana, where Mary had family roots. Although Mary died just 18 months after they moved west, George made a full life for himself in Montana. In addition to serving on the Virginia City Town Council from 2005-2008, he was a life member of the Elling House Arts and Humanities Center Board of directors, a board member of the Virginia City Preservation Alliance, the president of the Vigilance Club, and volunteered at the Virginia City Thompson Hickman Museum.

George's deepest interests, apart from his family, were music and his faith. Throughout his life he loved to sing. Over the years he performed in solo recitals, sang in church choirs and community choruses, and appeared in a number of local opera and musical theatre productions. With his wife as organist, he served as choirmaster of three church choirs in West Virginia and Connecticut.

George was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church and served on the vestries of St. Paul's Church in Woodbury, CT, and St. Paul's Church in Virginia City, MT, as well as serving as a senior warden, deacon, altar guild member, and in many other capacities throughout his life. He worked as a consultant for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, assisting individual parishes, as well as serving on the Montana Episcopal Diocesan Council for over 5 years.

George is survived by his four daughters, Marthe Grice and her husband Glendower Jones of Fayetteville, AR; Anne Grice Coleman and her husband William of Ellington, CT; Amy Grice and her husband Bruce Leach of Rhinebeck, NY; and Elizabeth Grice of Waterbury, CT. Six grandchildren also survive him: Zachary Bell and Catherine Bell of Ellington CT; Samuel Leach and Jacob Leach of Rhinebeck, NY; Mary Catherine Jones of Fayetteville, AR; and Alexandra Grice of Waterbury, CT.

A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck, NY on Saturday, March 2 at 11:30 a.m. A second memorial service will take place at a later date in Virginia City, MT. In lieu of flowers, in recognition of George's lifelong faith and love of the Episcopal Church, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 92, Virginia City, MT 59755 or to Church of the Messiah, Box 248, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dutchess and Ulster County and all the special people that shared in George's last months; we could not have done it without you.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 91 W. Market St. Rhinebeck, NY.

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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Feb. 24 to Feb. 26, 2013