Frank “Bob” Grieves

April 11, 2006

Frank “Bob” Grieves
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

FRANK C. “BOB” GRIEVES – in Boca Raton, FL, April 11th. Beloved husband of the late Mae (Mulhern) Grieves. Dear brother-in-law of Theresa Sullivan of Chelmsford, and loving uncle of Robert Sullivan of NH, Kathleen Sullivan of Boxboro, Mark Sullivan of Lowell, Karen Warren of Rhode Island, Donna Goffin of Lowell, Jacquelyn Dougherty of Chelmsford, and the late James Sullivan. Also surviving are several grandnieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, April 18th, at 11:30 a.m. with the Rev. Deryk Richenburg officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 10 to 11:30 Tuesday morning, prior to the service. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Wayland. Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108. Late owner, Red Boy Products.

OBITUARY:

Frank C. “Bob??? Grieves, 91, passed away at his home in Boca Raton, Florida, on Tuesday, April 11th. He was the husband of the late Mae C. (Mulhern) Grieves, who died in December of 2003.

Bob was the son of the late Hubert C. and Elizabeth (Bland) Grieves. He grew up in Lexington, attended schools there, and continued his education at business school. A veteran of World War II, he served in the US Army, stationed in Boston Harbor. He held the distinction of being the very first person drafted in Massachusetts after the US entered the war.

Bob was an amazing inventor and master carpenter, and is credited with inventing window grilles. Residing in Wayland, he and his wife Mae, a native of Woburn and Winchester, established a millwork manufacturing business in their cellar. At the time there was no machinery available to make the grilles, so Bob developed the machinery. Their business, known as Red Boy Products, thrived and moved to Whitman once it began to grow. Eventually, Bob and Mae moved to Cochituate, where they lived for ten years. They later resided in Hanson until they retired in the mid-1980’s. Since that time they had lived in Florida.

In his younger years he loved to travel, taking many trips with his wife to Europe and Alaska. He was a loving uncle to his nieces and nephews and enjoyed spending time with them.

In addition to his wife Mae, he was preceded in death by a nephew, James Sullivan.

Surviving are his sister-in-law, Theresa Sullivan of Chelmsford, his nieces and nephews, Robert Sullivan of NH, Kathleen Sullivan of Boxboro, Mark Sullivan of Lowell, Karen Warren of Rhode Island, Donna Goffin of Lowell, and Jacquelyn Dougherty of Chelmsford. Also surviving are several grandnieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, April 18th, at 11:30 a.m., with the Rev. Deryk Richenburg officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Wayland.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 10 to 11:30 Tuesday morning, prior to the service. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Wayland. Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108.

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  1. Patricia and Cliodhna Mulhern (Enniskillen, Northern Ireland) will miss Bob enormously. Bob was a modest and self-effacing man who told great stories and reflected wryly on human nature in a wise and sometimes, world weary, way. We enjoyed every minute of of our time with him. In particular I will never forget him sharing with me his love for Walden Pond in New England…thank you Bob.

    We send Bob our thanks for his company on life’s journey and our blessings to him for the next stage of his path when he will be walking again alongside Mae..(and they will be having a good laugh again at last).

    It is our privelege to send a token of our thanks and appreciation to Bob’s chosen charity for war veterans.

    Much love and fond memories from Patricia and Cliodhna.

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