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 http://www.ballweg-lunsford.com, the Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Home.
(From Syracuse Post Standard on April 29, 2010)
Deep sympathy, heartfelt condolences, prayers and good wishes go out to the family and close friends of our dear Ed – from all of us in the Grinnell family. He will be missed by many. When I first met Tully Ed at a GFA reunion in Glens Falls NY I thought he was Medina Ed who had compiled the 1984 book I had been unable to purchase in Detroit or New York. So I greeted him with an effusive handshake and said I was SO glad to meet him finally in person. It was a little embarrassing to me to find out later that it was the wrong Ed I was speaking with. But it was worth a chuckle… Later, at another reunion, he was dubbed as THE KISSING COUSIN because he was! (From Editor Marj Murray)
My fondest memories of Ed go back to my early days in the GFA when he and Richard C. Grinnell were fast buddies and co-conspirators in trying to find ways to bring new blood into the group--which is how I wound up getting involved in the GFA. Ed served twice as GFA President. His second presidency literally saved the GFA from disaster and dissolution. Because of a fortunate oversight, Ed was still on record as a signatory on the GFA bank account when his successor, in the Seattle area, embezzled our bank account to the tune of about $12,000. Because he was still on the signature card at that bank, he was able to request copies of all records related to that account, and it was immediately clear what was going on. The authorities were contacted, and an arrest was made. Unfortunately only a tiny portion of the treasury was ever recovered. Ed was a true friend and GFA booster, whose leadership and enthusiasm will be sorely missed. (From Larry Grinnell)