We just received the sad news that one of the original five founders of the Grinnell Family Association of America, Edsel Grinnell, passed away at Medina, NY, on 13 March 2015 at the age of 92. Ed served as president of the GFA for several years in the 1980s. He and his beloved wife Swanie, who passed away on 28 January 2011, were regular and enthusiastic attendees at the Grinnell Family Association reunions.
From The Daily News Online, serving Genesee, Wyoming, and Orleans Counties (NY)
MEDINA — Mr. Edsel W. Grinnell of Medina passed away on Friday (March 13, 2015) at his home.
Mr. Grinnell was born at home on Orient Street in Medina, Aug. 11, 1922, a son of the late Claude W. and Edna June (Posson) Grinnell.
A graduate of Medina High School, Class of 1940 and Bryant & Stratton Business Institute in 1943, he married the former Swanie May Kelly on March 3, 1945.
Mr. Grinnell was employed by the Medina Cold Storage Company during 1941-42. He worked for 21 months from 1944-45 at Remington-Rand Corp. in Tonawanda as an office clerk before returning to Medina Cold Storage. He was the foreman for 26 years and president of Medina Cold Storage for 17 years, retiring Jan. 1, 1988.
Active in the community, he was a member of Medina Rotary Club since November 1959. He served as the club treasurer for 16 years and president from 1984-85.
He was the Village of Medina historian from April 1996 to March 2000; a charter member of the Medina Historical Society and treasurer for 12 years, a life member of the Medina United Methodist Church, and a member of Medina Lodge No. 336, F&AM for over 40 years.
He served on the Board of Directors of the Medina Savings & Loan Assn. from 1968-1990; he was treasurer of special funds for the Millville Cemetery from 1983-1999 and served several years on Boy Scout committees.
Keenly interested in genealogy, Mr. Grinnell compiled “Charts and Chronicles of Mathew Grenelle’s Descendants,” published in 1984. In addition he was co-founder and member of the Grinnell Family Association since 1979.
His interest in the history of Medina led to a decade long research project which culminated in the publication of the book “Medina: Here’s To Our Heritage,” published in 1996. He was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, with a certificate signed by the Rotary International president and the chairman of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation, and in 1979 the Medina Canal Fest was dedicated to him.
Survivors include three children, David (Karel Dixson) Grinnell, Donald (Kathleen) Grinnell and James (Donna) Grinnell; 10 grandchildren, Heidi (Michael) Ingersoll, Karen Beikirch, Eric Grinnell, Brian Grinnell, James Russo, Robert (Mindy Fraiser) Russo, Karen Fose, James (Karlin) Grinnell, Daniel Grinnell, and Amanda (Brett) Kast; 11 great- grandchildren; his sister, Mary Behe; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Swanie, on Jan. 28, 2011.
There will be no prior calling hours. Friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 West Center St., Medina. The Rev. Kim Smith will officiate and interment will be in Millville Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Medina Historical Society, Lee-Whedon Memorial Library or Hospice of Orleans County.
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Our deepest condolences to Ed's family.