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Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home

31 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT

OBITUARY

Leendert "Lane" C. Grijns

December 9, 1937November 4, 2019

Leendert (Lane) C. Grijns passed away November 4, in New Orleans. Born December 9, 1937, in Utrecht, The Netherlands, he was the son of Cornelis Dirk Grijns and Lijntje Punt.

He received a Masters of Laws from Utrecht University, and also a Masters of Laws from Tulane Law School, as a Fulbright Scholar. He worked as an associate lawyer in admiralty law for Nauta, Dutilh c.s., in Rotterdam. After being general manager of several American banks in London, he then joined NMB Bank as General Manager, and eventually rose to be the Chairman and Regional Manager of the Americas for ING Barings; he was equally the Deputy Chairman Management Committee of ING Barings, London. He was Chairman of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in the USA; Chairman of the Institute of International Bankers; Chairman of the Netherland-America Foundation; and Director of the American Friends of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In 1992 he was decorated by the Queen of The Netherlands as an Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau. As a 40 year resident of Greenwich, Ct., he was a member of the Stanwich Club, a long-time member of the Metropolitan Opera Club, and of the Lotos Literary Club.

He is survived by his beloved wife Janice Donaldson, originally of New Orleans; by his four sons, of whom he was very proud: David (Dina), of New York; Derek of Greenwich, Ct.; Andrew of London, England; and his twin brother Julian (Kate) of Westport, Ct. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Dylan and Braeden Gerrit Grijns and by Sophie and Ava Grijns. He is survived by his two brothers in The Netherlands, Johannes and Arnold. In New York City he is survived by a cousin Adriaan Grijns, and by numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins in The Netherlands.

A wake will be held on Friday, November 15, at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 31 Arch St., Greenwich, Ct., from 5 to 8 PM. At 7 PM there will be an opportunity to share thoughts and memories.

Donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Services

15 November

Visitation

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home

31 Arch St
Greenwich, Connecticut 06830

15 November

Words of Remembrance

7:00 pm

Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home

31 Arch St
Greenwich, Connecticut 06830

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Leendert "Lane" C. Grijns

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TIM SCHANTZ

November 14, 2019

Dear Janice and family,
It was with great sadness that we learned of Lane's passing. Although I understand that he was physically much diminished of late, it must still be very difficult to let him go. Certainly, for those of us who had the pleasure to work with him, his death marks the end of an era.
Lane and Hans (Bartges) were a great leadership team, complementing each other in many ways, and I shall always be grateful that they took a bet on me and allowed us to build upon the solid foundation they had laid at ING Capital.
Lane was a gracious and kind man, not always a common trait within banking, yet also an astute and entrepreneurial visionary who had the courage to act on his convictions. We shall miss him and try to honor him by carrying on in his memory. May he truly rest in peace.
With our utmost and heartfelt sympathies,
Tim & Patricia Schantz

Jeffrey Dorson

November 12, 2019

Dear Janice and Friends,

I had the pleasure and privilege of meeting Lane several times and was always impressed with his gracious manners, wit, civility, and intellect. He was a wonderful gentleman who shined brightly throughout his entire life. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

Michael A. Traverso

November 11, 2019

Dear Janice, Christine and I offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to you, David, Derek, Julian and Andrew. It was an honor to know and work with Lane. He was so much more than a boss. He was our leader, my mentor and inspired me to be the best manager I could be while being a fair person. When Lane heard about my MS diagnosis he was one of the first to reach out with a positive message only he could deliver, again inspiring me to stay strong and positive. Rest in sweet peace my friend,
Mike

Hans van den Houten

November 11, 2019

For many years, Lane has been a friend and associate in the Dutch community in New York. I was fortunate to know this fine person and have worked with him on a variety of Dutch activities in New York, such as the Netherland-America Foundation and the Dutch Financial Club. Lane was a comrade in these organizations. Regretfully, we have not connected much since our retirements, but the memories of our past will not be any less. Through this media, I send my condolences to his wife Janice and his sons. I will always remember our friendship, Lane, Rest in Peace.

Hans van den Houten

Anne Pease

November 9, 2019

I first met Lane in 1973 when I worked with him opening the London branch of an American bank. He was the best possible boss, and was much respected and admired by all the staff. Over the next 40 odd years we remained friends and every time he and Janice came to London we would meet up. He was a generous, kind, and super friend and I shall miss him very much. RIP Lane, I was proud to know you.
Anne Pease

Belinda Pokorny

November 8, 2019

Dear Janice,
Ivan and I send our deepest condolences and share your sorrow for the loss of Lane. We spent some lovely hours with you two and will always remember Lane's warmth and charm . He contributed so much to making time spent at your home, your club, or our home so delightful. We pray for your finding peace in the beautiful memories you must hold.

Sending great affection,
Belinda and Ivan

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