Frederick Lewis Grindle, 84, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in his wife, Joan Grindle’s loving arms. Born in Bristol to parents Vera Belle and Harry Grindle, he lived most of his life in Southbridge, Mass.
Fred was a passionate and compassionate man, who loved his family dearly. He was a wonderful salesman for many years and had the gift of gab. A gregarious person for sure with a bigger than life personality to match, people were simply drawn to him.
In his spare time he loved to listen to old-time radio shows and was an avid reader. Fred was known to many as having an outgoing personality and a funny sense of humor. He was at ease when speaking to large groups of people for work presentations and other venues. His style motivated and inspired people, the trait of a true leader. He never lost his sense of humor and could make even the truly stone-faced do a big belly laugh out loud.
In addition, Fred served as a combat veteran in the Korean war, where he earned various medals for his contributions and sacrifices. Fred was a long time member of the Baptist church, where he and Joan were baptized by Pastor Gil, as well being a long time member of the Sturbridge Worship Center, where he very much enjoyed the music.
Fred is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joan, of Southbridge, Mass. Fred was extremely loving and proud of his two daughters and always made them feel they could accomplish anything. He leaves behind his daughter, Jennifer Petrini and husband, Ken Petrini, of Waterford, and Tammy Hickey and husband, Michael Hickey, of Burlington. He is also survived by his sister, Harriet Gadis of Bristol; his three grandchildren, Matthew Hannan of Southbridge, Mass., Ryan Hannan of Waterford and Tracy Vogt of Bristol; as well as his many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, good friend, Mark Nemetz, and other caring friends.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Sturbridge Worship Center, 9 Mashapaug Road, Sturbridge, MA. A light lunch will be served following services.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association ( www.alz.org ), 1-800-272-3900, Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL 17, Chicago, IL 60601.