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Vital statistics (births, marriages, deaths) of interest to Grinnells.

Roger Lee Grinnell (1946-2013) PDF Print E-mail
Written by David L. Grinnell (GFA #95)   
Sunday, 15 December 2013 14:01

Roger Grinnell with grandson Cameron Matthew Ruggeri, taken in 2007I am sorry to have to report the passing of Roger Lee Grinnell, the younger and much loved brother of GFA Board Member, David Lawrence Grinnell, on Saturday, December 14, 2013.

Roger Lee Grinnell, GFA #564, was born September 14, 1946 the youngest son of Clairmont Livesey Grinnell, Jr. and Mildred Anna Gladding. Roger was married to Patricia Ann Sullivan and was the proud father of Dawn Michael Grinnell, Jacqueline Leigh Grinnell Ruggieri, and Rebecca Lynn Hennion and the loving grandfather of 4 grandchildren.

Roger retired from the US Coast Guard Reserve with the military rank of Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9), and with whom he served during Operation Desert Storm in the Gulf of Arabia. He was a jeweler with the J. H. Breaknell & Co. Jewelry Company of Newport, Rhode Island and worked for years as a foreign car technician in the Newport and Middletown, Rhode Island area.

Roger was an 8th great grandson of Matthew Greenell and his wife Rose French, as well as a descendant of Roger Williams and Anne Marbury Hutchinson. Roger was also a member of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution, the Society of the Sons of the Revolution and the Order of the Founders and Patrirots of America through Matthew Greenell, Founder and Robert Grinnell, Patriot.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 December 2013 14:51 )
Gardner Philip Sherman (1922-2013) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Saturday, 26 January 2013 10:06

Gardner Philip Sherman (GFA #433), 90, of Lakeville, MA, died peacefully on Friday, January 25, 2013, at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, MA. He was the loving husband of Eunice M. (Goodell) Sherman of 69 years.

Born Monday, July 31, 1922 in Taunton, he was the son of the late Howard Philip Knight and Claribel Beatrice Pearl (Grinnell) Sherman.

Gardner was a graduate of Fitchburg State College where he received a Masters Degree. He also earned a Masters Degree from Northeastern University in Boston. While at Fitchburg State College he entered the ROTC and officer training school program. He then served as a Lieutenant in the Navy during WW II serving on two LST's in the Philippines where he survived the sinking of both ships.

He has lived in Lakeville for the past 56 years and taught woodworking at the Bates School in Middleboro and Lawrence High in Falmouth. He also taught Industrial Arts at Apponequet High School in Lakeville and at Oliver Ames where he was the head of the Industrial Arts Department.

Gardner was a member of the Lakeville Historical Society and the Cape Cod Post Card Collectors Club. He enjoyed woodworking, photography, collecting antique tools and his beloved cats.

In addition to his wife Eunice he is survived by a daughter, Polly Gardner Eldridge of Rochester; a son, Philip Buffinton Sherman and his wife, Estelle M. of Lakeville; 7 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Walker of Yarmouth Port; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late Winston Knight Sherman.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at 10:30 AM at the Sampson Cemetery in Lakeville. Visitation has been omitted. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be given in Gardner's name to a local Animal Shelter of your choice.

Arrangements are by the Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home, 280 Bedford St., Lakeville, MA.

From South Coast Today (New Bedford, MA)

Photo from Polly Eldridge

Additional information from Lawrence Grinnell: He was a valuable resource for New England Grinnell, Sherman, Buffinton, Hathaway, and Goodell genealogical researchers. He had recently celebrated his 90th birthday with a large family gathering.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 January 2013 23:59 )
Edward J. "Tully Ed" Grinnell PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell and Marj Murray   
Friday, 22 April 2011 01:13

A Stalwart Supporter of the GFA Passes Away in Syracuse NY

Edward J. Grinnell, 74, of Tully, died Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at the VA Medical Center after a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma. Born in Camden, NY, he was the son of the late Theodore and Helen (Rowell) Grinnell. He was a graduate of Syracuse University where he received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a masters degree in education from SUNY Oswego. He retired in 1992 after 36 years of service as an engineer at General Electric where he was project manager for the Heavy Military. He was an Army veteran. Ed was a 45-year member of Tully Fire Department and served as an EMT. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church where he was a founding member of Loaves & Fishes, a member of GE Elfun Society, Pheasants Forever, and The Grinnell Family Association. He served on the SU Alumni Board of LC Smith School of Engineering, and Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse. He loved hunting, fishing, growing garlic on his farm in Cato, and camping in the Adirondacks. Ed is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patty Davis Grinnell; son, Theodore (Shawna) Grinnell of Truxton; daughters, Elaine (Michael) Hutson of Tully, Valerie (Dennis) Hartnett of DeRuyter, Sue (Bruce) Wilson of Truxton, Lisa (Louis) Morgan of Homer and Teresa (Michael) Hoke of Tully; sister, Mary Ellen (Richard) Matson of Cortland; sister-in-law, Lois (Ward) Tillotson; grandchildren, Jennifer (Michael) Sherwood, Jill (Travis) Gilmore, Tracey Hutson, Alison Grinnell, Erik, Kristin, Robert, and Lindsay Wilson, Zachary and Alyssa Morgan, Julia, Kyle, and Owen Hoke; great-grandchildren, Brianne, Erik, Donovan, Moses, Cormac, Sullivan, and Landon. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and he will be missed by his German Shorthair dog, Mitzie. Ed’s family would like to thank Dr. Jane Hudson, Nurse Practitioner Linda McHugh, Colleen Galvin and everyone in Infusion. Services will be Saturday, 10 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 13 Court Street, Cortland. Burial will be in Tully Cemetery, Tully. Calling hours will be Friday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Home, 2584 Field Lane, LaFayette. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Tully Hose Company or to Loaves & Fishes at Grace Episcopal Church. Please light a candle in memory of Ed at, the Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Home.

(From Syracuse Post Standard on April 29, 2010)

Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 September 2011 11:31 )
Donald Clarke Grinnell PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marj Murray   
Friday, 22 April 2011 00:43

So sorry to report the death of Donald Clarke Grinnell, 89, on Monday, 31 Jan 2011 in MA. Source: The Salem News Wed Feb 2, 2011.

Donald was the son of the late Walter and Agnes (Cosman) Grinnell. He was a graduate of Holten High School in Danvers MA. He served in the U.S. Air Force in WWII and then was employed as an engineer for many years at New England Power in Salem.

His brother Clifton Grinnell is GFA #141. Our sincere condolences to the family.

Deon Lee Grinnell (1933-2011) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marj Murray   
Friday, 22 April 2011 00:41

Deon Lee Grinnell, GFA #707, has died in Asheville NC. She and I had been corresponding for several months about publishing a story about her in the GFA newsletter. It had been postponed, and will now be done posthumously.

Deon was Librarian for the Department of Defense for 40 years, and had retired in Jan of 2009. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Ernest Grinnell and his wife Rose Myers. Deon was born in ND in 1933, and had been keenly interested in the Grinnell Family Association. When she was Naval Command Librarian she sent genealogical research to her Uncle, Jack Erle Grinnell (GFA #2), the first vice-president of the organization.

I had found her on Facebook. May she rest in peace.

Source: Social Security Death Index

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