Chris Grimshaw (1944 - 2018)

Obituary
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Christopher Dennis Grimshaw, age 73, of Citrus Heights, passed away unexpectedly with family by his side at Mercy San Juan Hospital on May 5, 2018. He was born in Bakersfield, California on June 6, 1944 to the late Mary Jane (Rothermel) and Harold Grimshaw. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Judy, who he met just after high school. Together they share a daughter, Amy Noble (Andy) and son, Michael (Robin). Chris adored his family, especially his amazing children. Their tight family bond continued into adulthood as the Grimshaw clan grew with 4 beautiful grandchildren. They regularly vacationed together and spent hours chatting about the topic of the moment. One of Chris' favorite things to do! Chris was a graduate of Norte Del Rio High School. He was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War and spent 2 years at Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah. After nearly 40 years working on the railroad, first as a brakeman on the Sacramento Northern and later as a freight conductor on the Western Pacific and Union Pacific, he retired in 2003. He lived a full and adventurous life after retirement which included lots of travel to places around the world. Paris and Hong Kong were two of his favorite cities. Chris loved to fix things ... often taking on the challenge of a new project, be it repairing aging appliances or air conditioning that conked out on a hot July day. He was happy working on cars and could regularly be found doing minor maintenance or major repairs. He loved it when he could save a family member or friend a trip to the dealer! Chris also enjoyed earning a pilot's license and was part owner of a Cessna 182 for a number of years. He was an avid reader and never tired of sharing his interest in history, science, philosophy and technology with friends and family. He liked engaging in deep conversations but also had a wry sense of humor, and enjoyed talking with the family at Sunday dinner on the patio, drink in hand. Above all, family was most important to Chris. He was blessed to have a close and loving relationship with his brothers, Steve Grimshaw (Marcia) and Dan Grimshaw (Lois) and with his sisters, Susan Wells (Larry) and Cindy Sorenson (Galen). His 4 grandchildren, Zoe, Trent, Benji and Ethan were the joy of his life and he lit up when they were together. He loved being Papa! Family also included several wonderful nieces and nephews and other extended family. Chris' spontaneous, loving, big personality and boisterous laugh will be missed and carried on forever by family, friends and all who knew him. For information about his Celebration of Life - contact Mike at 916-716-7555 Remembrances may be made to the California State Railroad Museum.
Published in The Sacramento Bee from May 16 to May 17, 2018