OBITUARY

James Thomas Grimaldi

December 8, 1928November 29, 2019
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James Thomas Grimaldi, 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 29, 2019. Mr. Grimaldi was born to the late Anthony and Helen Grimaldi on December 8, 1928. Mr. Grimaldi will always be remembered by being a loving and compassionate husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. An expert businessman with extensive experience in the insurance and securities fields, Mr. Grimaldi has met with success during his 66-year career by pushing the envelope of what's possible and never settling for second-best. Highly regarded for his executive skillset, Mr. Grimaldi came to prominence in his career in a number of roles. His most noteworthy positions have included president, chief executive officer and board of director's member for Keystone Company of Boston, and Cornerstone Financial Services, Chairman of the Board of Keystone Company of Canada, executive vice president for Keystone Custodian Funds, Inc., president, chief executive officer and board of directors member for Federal Life & Casualty Co., and for Peoples Home Life Insurance Co., regional agency director and assistant vice president for the American Amicable Life Insurance Company, and senior assistant district manager for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Along the way, Mr. Grimaldi took on additional opportunities in the insurance industry to further his professional impact, including roles as president and executive committee member for the Michigan Life & Health Insurance Association and member of the State of Michigan Chamber of Commerce. He also was the recipient of a special tribute as an Outstanding Citizen of the State of Michigan. Mr. Grimaldi served in the USAF as a First Lieutenant for two years from 1951 to 1953. Mr. Grimaldi earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania in 1951. Mr. Grimaldi has remained at the top of his field through his professional affiliations. He has been a member of SMEI, the National Association of Security Dealers, the National Association of Life Underwriters, the American Marketing Association, the American Association of Individual Investors, and the Academy of Political Science. Mr. Grimaldi is preceded in death by his loving wife Norma Miriello Grimaldi. He leaves behind his brother Anthony Grimaldi; daughters Patricia (Duane) Wisk, Pamela Grimaldi Averill and Donna (Neil) Grimaldi Steakley; grandchildren Bryan (Mariana) Wisk, Bradley D. Wisk, Rebecca L. Averill, Jessica W. (Seth) Harris and Audrey K. Averill; great grandchildren Ana Clara Wisk, Aurelia Norma Averill and Isabela P. Wisk. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Patrick's Cathedral, 1621 Dilworth Road East, Charlotte on Monday, December 2, 2019 beginning at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to www.cancer.org. Arrangements are under the care of McEwen Funeral Service at Sharon Memorial Park.

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  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, December 2, 2019

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Maria Collias

December 2, 2019

Sweet Donna and all :
Deepest sympathy. Yours is a huge loss, and you will miss him...his presence, his wise advice, his sense of humor, his intelligence and on...
His obituary is beautifully written.
It may seem impossible now, but the time will come when your memories of him will bring you-not only comfort- but laughter.
What would he want for you , going forward: safety, health, family, joy, prosperity?
Be comforted by the fact that he loved you and that he is at peace.

Sending love and prayers,
Maria Collias

John Collias

December 2, 2019

Dearest Donna and Neil, Pamela, Patricia, entire Grimaldi family, and everyone who loves Jim and Norma and the entire Grimaldi family,

Sending all the LOVE and HUGS in the universe!!! Jim and Norma are warm-hearted, loving, and fun souls whom I am grateful to have met along with their warm-.hearted, fun, and loving family!

Norma and Jim, and Donna & Neil, Pamela, and Patricia’s most important traits are that they are all friendly, kind, warm-hearted, loving and uplifting souls! Just as Norma was a true lady and a true angel, Jim was a prince of a soul and a true angel...and I like to think they still are definitely angels and a true lady and a true prince...like other ancestors of everyone, they’ve just shed their mortal cloth.

I like to think they and everyone’s loved ones are even closer to us now. Luke 17:21

May Jim and Norma’s memory always bring us comfort, and may we always feel their love!!! Love never dies(!!!)

I think Jim and Norma would not want anyone to be sad. They are happily at peace and I think would want all of their family and loved ones to be at peace as well.

Everyone grieves differently and if you need love and support, please always reach out! There are also good grief share groups at some churches and through other organizations. My mom said she benefited from the grief share group not at her church, though she loves her church, but at Carmel Baptist Church in Charlotte. Donna’s friend and classmate from CD, David Dixon, is a certified psychologist and therapist and minister (all in one!) there. He too, like Jim and Norma and all of the Grimaldi Family, is an angel.

It will get better!!!

One day at a time, dearest loved ones.

I found personally it’s nice to do something new over the first and beyond holidays. Everyone is different.

Do whatever you are drawn towards, is what another dear and good friend shared with me.

Know y’all are all LOVED beyond belief!!!

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Jill Triggs Hernandez

December 1, 2019

Mrs. Grimaldi, Donna and Family,
Thinking of you all during this time. Condolences to you all.
Jill (Triggs) and Alexis Hernandez

Ken & Linda Steakley

November 30, 2019

We were very saddened to hear that Jim has passed away. We know that this is a very difficult and heartbreaking time for the family. May God give peace and comfort to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ken & Linda Steakley

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