Walter Grinspan

Grinspan, Walter. Passed away on August 24, 2013 at the age of 87. Predeceased by loving parents David and Sadie Grinspan. Survived by beloved wife, partner, companion, teammate, nurse, warden, head cook and chief bottle washer, Mona (Gould). Son, Jeffrey (Sandra), daughters Jinny (Glenn) Simon, Randy (Phill) Klein. Grandfather of Rachel Grinspan, Jaime and Lee Simon. Sister, Shirley Gold, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Alexander Hamiliton High School. Served in U.S Navy during World War II as Radioman Second Class. Saw action in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of war. New York University graduate with Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration. Had thirteen jobs from time of Navy discharge until college graduations. Thereafter worked at the Wage Stabilization Board as analyst; New York City Department of Labor as statistician. Organizer and editor of publications for Local 400, Butcher Workmen; Educational Director and organizer for Local 40, Beltmakers Union, ILGWU; organizer for Local 302, Cafeteria Workers; organizer for Local 1500 Retail Clerks International Association; associate member of United Steel Workers, and for 37 years as National Representative and organizer, negotiator, arbitrator, executive director of various local for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Member of Destroyer Escort Sailors Association, Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, Jewish War Veterans, Disabled American Veterans and Plainview Jewish Center. Graveside Services will be held at the Mount Zion Cemetery in Maspeth, Ny on August 26 at 11am. Memorial contributions if you want to your charity of choice.


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Roni Robbins

March 25, 2015

Powerful! Always in our hearts!

randy klein

March 24, 2015

Dear dad... it's now 2015 March 24. Tomorrow is mom's birthday and won't be the same without you there.

November 10, 2014

Still missing and thinking of you everyday.

Mitch & Jodi Levine

September 2, 2013

Dean Jinny, Glenn, Jaime, Lee, and the entire Grinspan family,
We are so sorry for what we know is a huge loss to your family. It sounds like he lead a remarkable life, and was loved and admired by all who knew him. We know your many shared memories will give you the strength you need to get thru this difficult time. We love you, and are here for you always.
Mitch, Jodi, Alissa and Max

Adele Schechter

September 1, 2013

We will miss Walter terribly. He was an amazing individual

Ronald Linchner

September 1, 2013

My sympathy to the family,from my family.

August 29, 2013

To Mona and dear Walter's family: my sympathy at your loss, my prayers and my love to you all... I am so sorry. Many AFTRA members will miss him, will remember him, as I do, as a friend, fierce negotiator, advisor, mentor,
confidant, possessor of a marvelous sense of humor and in every sense of the word, a mensch. He was such a special man! (Also a fellow collector of frogs).
I miss him very much. I will always be grateful that he was in my life.
Mary Lou Zieve (Detroit AFTRA Local)

August 29, 2013

Walter was my mother's cousin, but he endeared himself to us when we all went to Israel with my grandparents for my brother's bar mitzvah back in 1983.
Years later, he touched my life, leaving a lasting legacy in the form of a very detailed and meticulously researched family tree. He traced down generations from Europe to America, from my grandfather's ancestry to today, including my children. I've included copies in my children's baby books for them to peruse years from now.
Walter also was invaluable, providing more details about the family history, when I wrote a novel based on my grandfather's life, Hands of Gold, a 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award quarter finalist. So while he may be gone, he lives on in the stories he left behind. And I've got written proof of that. This distant cousin, for one, will miss him dearly.

Roni Kayne Robbins
(Shirley Farkas Kayne's daughter)
Atlanta, Ga.

August 28, 2013

I'm sorry sorry to hear of the passing of Walter. Walter was the go to man at AFTRA conventions and I not only learned a lot from him, he always, always got me what I needed for our local. I'll always remember his compact, little body here and there making it happen and keeping us on track, in spite of ourselves. He gave many of us quite a legacy to follow.
Marie Salerno, Healdsburg CA

Ken Manley

August 27, 2013

Fair Winds and Following Sea's my friend. You will be missed every time I sit down at the computer Ken Manley, California