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Harry J Will Funeral Homes

37000 W Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI

OBITUARY

Lee Bruce Grieve

October 16, 1934May 11, 2020

Lee Bruce Grieve, age 85, of Livonia, Michigan passed away on Monday May 11, 2020. Lee was born October 16, 1934 in Buffalo, New York.

Proceeded in death by parents Howard and Florence Grieve

Survived by loving wife of 34 years Helen; children Kenneth Grieve, Katherine Grieve, Michael Grieve, David (Tommie Sue) Watkins, Gerald (Connie) Watkins, and Thomas Watkins; grandchildren, great grandchildren, and special sister Vicky Lake.

Lee served honorably in the US Air Force for 4 years and the City of Livonia as Police Chief for 37 years.

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

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Steve David

May 17, 2020

Lee,

The girls and I will always remember you for your kind and gentle ways. Every time my girls and I would come home to visit my mother, you were always so considerate and respectful towards us...even to the point of opening you own home for the girls and I, to swim in your pool. From the bottom of my heart, I could never ask for better neighbors/friends for my mother. I can't thank you and Helen enough for being so caring and concerned about my mother during the loss of her husband, Art. Yes, it saddens me to say you are gone...but, I can assure you by many...you will never be forgotten, sir. Especially your waves of hello from across the street. They will surely be missed.

Respectfully,

The David family
Steve, Jada & Hailey

Carl Davis

May 17, 2020

Uncle Lee light has extinguished Monday. He was a very youthful eighty-five. He has taught me to be true to myself and always be extremely honest and forthcoming.

Uncle Lee would come to my Roller Skating shows, to my Birthday Dinners (especially when I turned 21 at Win Shulers,) and I was a fixture at his house.

I remember, he bought a Police Road King from Harley Davidson. He caught me starring at it and tossed me the keys and said β€œtake it around the block.” My eyes were like saucers. But, that is the way he was, extremely generous.

Lee Grieve spent thirty-seven years guarding the wonderful citizens of Livonia, Michigan. He went from being a Patrolman to the Chief of Police. In talking to him, He actually missed his days as a Patrolman.

He was incredibly interested in my studies and becoming a Court Officer. He taught me how to clean my handgun and where to best keep it hidden.

I had a terrible accident, and was rushed to U of M hospital. I stayed there for about four months. Uncle Lee did not need any credentials. He was going to see me now matter what (come hell or high water.)

Helen (my sister) called me on my mobile phone to tell me the news. It has been a depressing week for me because nobody could hold up a candle to Uncle Lee. All we have are the memories of a humble and faithful gentleman.

Semper Fi

Former Livonia Chief of Police

Chief Lee Grieve

PS. We should go to the Stage, just you and me.


Tommie Sue Watkins

May 17, 2020

It was a blessing to have had Lee Grieve in our lives. He was a wonderful step-father and grandfather. Lee was known to us as Papa Lee.
Granny Helen & Papa Lee would travel to Kentucky to visit with us, we always had a good time. I would bake him one of his favorite's Pumpkin Bread, I made him extra so he could take some back home with him. Helen would later tell me it never made it home.
Knowing we are forced to say goodbye has brought us sadness, our hearts are simple broken.
We will cherish our memories and never forget the love we shared.
Our thoughts and prayers are with our loving mother Helen Grieve (Gram Helen) and Lee's children.
R.I.P Lee Grieve
We will forever miss you!!
Love, David Watkins & Family

David Davis

May 17, 2020

My family and I will greatly miss Lee Grieve. He and his wife Helen were part of our lives for over 40 years. Sending my deepest love to the family.

Michael Grieve

May 16, 2020

Our Dad was a man of integrity, honor and dignity, he was protective, loving and even a big 'ol softy sometimes, he told things like they were, he earned the high level of respect he held. I could not even imagine a better role model. I am beyond proud to be the son of such a man!
Thank you to the out pouring of sympathy and concern that has been shown to our family, we couldn't get through this without you.
On a personal note, special thank you to the Livonia Police Department, when I learned of the officers wearing their mourning bands for my Dad's service, words couldn't describe what that meant to me personally! He would be thrilled!!

Donna Alexander Reniff

May 16, 2020

R.I.P. Lee. You were part of my life before I was even born. My father's best friend when you were kids . You stood up for my parents wedding & even their 50th Anniversary. Something that doesn't always happen in someone's lifetime.
You were like another Uncle to me . I have so many great memories throughout my life with you. Especially when at my Wedding you shouted out something absolutely funny that I cannot repeat . But being an officer I wouldn't have expected anything less. We all loved you and Helen so much . So Fly High Sir Lee πŸ¦…πŸ•ŠπŸ¦… we'll see you on the other side.🌈
Blessings & Hugs to Helen and your family.
Donna Alexander-Reniff

Jeff Perkins (Lt. LPD Retired)

May 15, 2020

Chief....you were a Father figure & mentor to me as a young Police Cadet And through the ranks. You helped me all through my career. I will be always be grateful. You were a Cops Cop & the best Chief I ever served under. Rest in Heaven Sir, You deserve it πŸ™πŸ»

Helen Davis

May 14, 2020

I can't express the sadness we all feel saying goodbye to Uncle Lee. He has been part of all our families ups and downs, always with a smile and a goofy joke. He called me chicken legs and I called him turkey legs! His career in the police force was a huge inspiration to my brother! I feel so lucky to have him and Mommy Helen in our lives. We loved being part of their wedding when we were only 4 and 6 years old, and they were a great couple to watch as role models growing up. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on in our memories!!

Tami Lozano(Watkins)

May 14, 2020

Aunt Helen: So glad we seen each other last year at my mom's funeral. So sorry for your loss. Your memories are kept in your heart. Please take care of yourself.

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Biography

Lee Bruce Grieve, age 85, of Livonia, Michigan passed away on Monday May 11, 2020. Lee was born October 16, 1934 in Buffalo, New York.

Proceeded in death by parents Howard and Florence Grieve

Survived by loving wife of 34 years Helen; children Kenneth Grieve, Katherine Grieve, Michael Grieve, David (Tommie Sue) Watkins, Gerald (Connie) Watkins, and Thomas Watkins; grandchildren, great grandchildren, and special sister Vicky Lake.

Lee served honorably in the US Air Force for 4 years and the City of Livonia as Police Chief for 37 years.

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

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