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William Grinnell

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Mr. William E. Grinnell, of Waltham, died on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. He was 79. Bill was born in Boston on November 30, 1934, the son of the late William and Thelma (McCrink) Grinnell. He grew up in Newton, graduated from Newton High School and attended Bentley College and Northeastern University, both in Boston. He joined the United States Marine Corps and served his country during the Korean Conflict. Until his retirement he had worked as a bookkeeper at Harnish, Jenney, Mitchell & Resh in Waltham. On August 20, 1960 he married Evelyn J. Formalarie at St. Bernard's Church in West Newton, the couple settled in Waltham and spent fifty-three happy years together. Bill had a great sense of humor and loved the simple things in life; lunch at Friendly's, a nice wrist watch, traveling, but most importantly, his family. He loved to share meals at the Crystal Palace in Disney and would head to the Cape or White Mountains whenever possible. He was a proud Marine, a great husband and a loving father, grandfather and uncle. He was a huge sports fan and his team was the New York Giants. Besides his beloved wife, Evelyn, he leaves his children, W. Neal Grinnell and his wife, Kathleen, of Waltham, Kevin J. Grinnell and his wife, Catherine, of Randolph, Thomas M. Grinnell and his wife, Elizabeth, of Framingham and Christopher J. Grinnell and his wife, Tammy, of Marlborough; his grandchildren, Shaun, Kevin, Christopher, Catherine, Ellen, Michael, Maxwell and Harrison Grinnell; his sister, Kathryn Leitner of Florida; his brothers and sisters-in-law, David Formalarie and his wife, Judy, of New Jersey and Kenneth Formalarie and his wife, Melody, of North Carolina and many nieces and nephews. Bill was also the father of the late Diane M. Grinnell. A Funeral Mass was celebrated for Bill on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 in St. Marys Church, Waltham. Burial followed in Newton Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to The Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401. To share a memory or offer condolences please visit www.joycefuneralhome.com

Published in Waltham News Tribune from Mar. 20 to Mar. 27, 2014
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