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Roberta Ellen Grigg

October 5, 1941August 14, 2021
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My Mother, Roberta Ellen Grigg, “Bertsie”, “Boo Boo”, “Pal”, most well known as “Big Red” and then “GiGi” when she became a Grandmother passed away on August 14, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was 79.

Roberta was born on October 5, 1941 in Boston, Massachusetts. She was the second daughter of Manuel and Beatrice Silver. Sister of Carolyn Berkowitz. Roberta traveled the world at an early age through her first marriage to Retired U.S.Air Force Lt Col Robert Sandberg. While that marriage did not last long it did produce one son, now Retired U.S. Air Force Col Scott D. Sandberg, and it spawned a lifetime of relentless pursuit of success and perfection. She completed her college degree in 1975, attending night school at Boston University. She was soon hired by a ‘start up’: Medical Information Technology (MEDITECH). Larry Polimeno, who hired her, also became her boss for nearly 30 years and one of her few true and familial friends.

“Big Red” was never bigger than being a woman climbing the corporate ladder in the 70’s. Though small in stature she was larger than life and fought EVERY challenge head on. Her tenacity led to great success for the company and herself and motivated many other women along the way. She lived her life striking fear in some while inspiring others. Though her tenacious drive served her well in her professional world it did have a difficult impact on her personal life. She did remarry in 1971 to William J. Grigg.

She loved Bill, but sadly after 20 years their marriage ended. She never remarried. She enjoyed the spoils of her success in her retirement through her multiple locations in downtown Boston and her other homes in Cape Cod, MA and in Ft Lauderdale, FL.

In retirement she also pursued her true gift of interior design through short employment with one associated business and then independently. Eventually she decided to fully retire and simply help her friends to make their homes beautiful. This potential glorious period of time was unfortunately all too brief. Sadly, my mother came down with Alzheimer’s disease. She fought it valiantly, but unlike so many other battles in her life, she was not able to defeat it.

She is survived by her only child, Scott, her Daughter-in-law Gina and her truly beloved granddaughter Madeleine as well as her Sister Carolyn

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.palmcheyenne.com for the GRIGG family.

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Beth Rosenblatt

August 25, 2021

I worked as Roberta's executive assistant for 10 years when she was Vice President at MEDITECH. We shared the same birthday, October 5, but we were very different people otherwise. While Roberta exemplified a powerful female executive in a growing software company, I was a meek 25-year-old assistant that needed a boost of confidence during stressful times. Roberta was a "firecracker" and tried to toughen me up which she did over the years, and I didn't realize how much I had benefited from her "tough love" until many years after she retired from MEDITECH. Roberta had a lot to do with my having the confidence to start a new chapter in my life and buy my own condo; I wish I could have thanked her for that. I want to send my condolences to Carolyn, Scott, Gina, and Madeleine. Roberta, my friend, rest in peace.

Marty Dotson

August 23, 2021

Roberta was like a second mother to me. I’m pretty sure I was her Favorite son. She touched my life and my family’s life in so many ways, I wouldn't know where to begin. Roberta was a courageous, inspirational and driven person. I looked up to her in so many ways. I believe she spent her life fighting for her place in life and bringing up a wonderful and talented son who has a heart of Gold.
Roberta, you will be dearly missed and will for ever be loved by me and my family.
A Hui Hou Kakou (Until we meet again)

Yvette Dotson

August 23, 2021

Roberta was a beautiful person and I admired her entrepreneurial spirit and leadership as a single parent. My memory of Roberta is sharing her amazing Bloody Mary drinks and discussing interior design aspirations. She will be deeply missed. Scott, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Ashley Albalos

August 23, 2021

My favorite memory with Roberta is going to her house in Cape Cod and experiencing her wonderful hospitality in her beautiful home and all the Christmas dinners we had at Golden Palace over the years! A true firecracker she was! You will be missed dearly.

PHILIP POLIMENO

August 22, 2021

I loved spending time with Roberta while at Boston College, at MEDITECH, down the Cape and more. Godspeed...

Rebecca Reynolds

August 20, 2021

Early in my career, Roberta was a force always trying to get things done. Looking back now i realize she likely helped break that glass ceiling for women in leadership roles in the software industry.

My prayers and best wishes to her family and friends.

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With Madeleine during Halloween 2015

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With Madeleine during Halloween 2015

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Father Manny and sister Carol on the right

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With cousins in the mid 1940’s

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With sister Carol on the right