Robert's Story

BLUE HILL - Robert (Bob) T. Grindle, 83, died peacefully at his home January 11, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was born January 22, 1932, the youngest child of Francis Tabor and Wendell L. Grindle of Blue Hill.

Bob graduated from George Stevens Academy, class 1949. Being a competitive basketball player in high school, he was always proud of his team winning the 1948th State Championship Gold Ball. After graduation, he joined the Army, serving as a military police for two years, stationed on Governor's Island in NY. Upon his discharge, he returned to Blue Hill to work for New England Tel & Tel, a position he kept for 7 years. It kept him moving his family all over the state and he really missed Blue Hill. So, he then decided he was coming home for good, back to Blue Hill where he stayed for the rest of his life, creating several businesses along the way. The first was in 1960, Grindle's General Store and Western Auto, garage and the first self-service gas pumps. The Blue Hill Co-Op is now in its place. In 1962 he built the "Dairy Joy," now home of the "Fish Net." He really enjoyed being a Boy Scout leader during those early years.

Bob was a 59 year member of IRA Berry Lodge #128. In 1960 Bob bought his first race horse "Lady Oaks" and was hooked on harness racing from then on. He was an owner, trainer, and driver until the year 2000. In 1976 the store was sold and he tried his hand at retirement which only lasted a few months. There began Grindle's construction company which lasted for the rest of his life. He loved to build from furniture to houses, driveways and much more.

In 1994 he built Stevens Wood Self-Storage which was an adventure he and his wife enjoyed for 14 years.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Vivian, sons Perry William (Bill) and his wife Sharon, Mark D. and his wife Julia, and grandchildren BJ, Jessica and Vika, and two great grandsons.

He was predeceased by his parents and two sons, Barry Phillip and infant son Robert Wendell, and grandson Robbie Grindle. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by two special nephews and their spouses, Denny and David Rackliffe.

He is also survived by his dearest special "adopted" family of Cindy Smith and all of her children and their spouses.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held at 11 AM Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the Baptist Church on Pleasant St. in Blue Hill, followed by a gathering immediately after the service at the North Blue Hill Grange Hall, Route 15.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Robbie Grindle Scholarship at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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