Chandler Rose Thompson Grills
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Grills, Chandler R. T.
Chandler Rose Thompson Grills tragically passed away during the evening of January 2, 2021 at the age of 26. Chandler was taken from the world we know by a stroke from an unidentified blood clotting disorder.
She was a vibrant and radiant light... a beloved force in this world, and our lives will continue to be moved by her forever. She was unique and passionate and kind, and the lives of those she touched were changed for the better, more than we will ever comprehend. She taught us to be raw, she taught us to be real, she taught us to be unapologetic. No words can match her. She is unforgettable. She was a passionate artist, a graduate of the Lee Strasberg Conservatory, and she held a BFA in Acting from NYU Tisch. When she was acting, she did not portray characters, she became them. She is an inspiration to us as an artist, but more importantly as the powerful and multifaceted woman she was. Her artistic, beautiful, passionate soul is with us forever. We love you forever Chandler.
She was the beloved daughter of Michael and Laurie Grills of Ashaway and sister of Benjamin M.S. Grills and wife Katie, Anne D. Grills, Adam R.S. Grills and Peter R.S. Grills, all also of Ashaway. Chandler also leaves her aunts, uncles and cousins.
All services are respectfully private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to either SUFA or the American Stroke Assoc., in Chandler's memory. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit

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Published in The Providence Journal on Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 17, 2021
Chandler was such an amazing, caring, beautiful person. She always wore a smile and brought one to others. She was quick to laugh and even quicker to hug. She certainly touched the world and made it a better place. I’ll always remember laughing with her in the pool house, watching her talented performances, and getting impromptu dinners in NYC. I’m so glad to have known her and know she will never be forgotten. Sending all my love to her and the family.
Jeff Rothstein
January 11, 2021
Chandler. I will carry you with me forever. No one and nothing can ever replace the incredibly special relationship we shared. I know you are with me, watching over me and guiding me along this journey of life and I promise to do my best to honor you every single day and live life in the way that I know you always pushed me to. You were and still ARE the definition of unforgettable. No one could ever forget Chandler Grills. You are and will always be my superstar and such a special person in my life. I love you more than I could ever tell you or show you. Sending all the love in the world and prayers to your family and loved ones.

I love you so much, Chan. Forever.

Natasha Naples
January 10, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. I did not know Chandler well, buy she always impressed me as a kind and sweet person. She was very proud of her goal to become an actor. She will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. My heart goes out to her family and friends at the loss of this unique human being.
Katherine Rooney
January 9, 2021
Chandler was such a special young woman. When she was at St. Pius with Matt, I would “room mom” on occasional field trips. My favorite memory of Chandler is at the zoo. She was endlessly inquisitive about what she was seeing and experiencing. I enjoyed her company even as a little girl. I’m so very sorry for your tragic loss. You and Chandler are in my prayers. May she Rest In Peace.
Pam Salimeno
January 9, 2021
Chan, My heart is broken.The tears just keep falling. I feel your presence with me. I love you like you were my own daughter. I will never ever forget you. You was a big part in my life and my grandson, Michael and my whole family. You left us so suddenly, we could not even say good bye. Love Donna and Don and Dorie, and Don Jr. and Michael.
Donna Black
January 8, 2021
I'm still in shock from your passing. You are truly one of the most beautiful, unique, and enthusiastic people I've ever had the honor of knowing. You followed your dreams and encouraged me to follow mine. You are so sweet and so full of love, and you are so loved. I love you so much and I will never forget you.
Jesse Rooney
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