OBITUARY

William A. Grinsted

August 15, 1944July 5, 2019

William Alan Grinsted 1944 – 2019

William Alan Grinsted passed away on July 05, 2019. Born August 15, 1944 at the Salvation Army maternity ward in Raleigh, North Carolina. He spent his first four years in an orphanage and was adopted by Alan & Betty Grinsted in 1948. In 1950, the family moved to Pensacola, where his father was stationed for the Navy. Bill grew up attending schools in Pensacola and Washington D.C., graduating from Escambia High School, class of 1963. Four years later, he graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and was commissioned as a naval officer in October 1967. He served at Sangley Point, PI. He was also a Vietnam veteran. His last duty station was NAS Meridian, Mississippi.

In 1971, William was employed at Walt Disney World where he worked as a sailing instructor/ boat operator for one year. Returning to Pensacola in 1972, he began his twenty-five year career as an Art teacher at Washington High School. During his early years as an art teacher, he was involved with the local art shows in Pensacola, Destin, and Fairhope, Alabama. He had a one-ma (n show at Knolls’ art gallery, Seville square, and sold paintings at Gayfers department store and to various individuals requesting his paintings.

Living on Perdido Bay, his true love was sailing. One reason for being a teacher was that it gave him three months every summer to travel, sail, swim and ski on the bay. He often mentioned that he enjoys being an art teacher, so he could make a difference and open the minds of his students to realize “Self Expression” through the visual arts. Many of his students kept in touch throughout his life and shared how their experience as students stayed with them and lead them into art related careers.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Ruth Adams, and his parents Dr. and Mrs. Alan D. Grinsted.

He is survived by his two nephews, Bob (Debbie) Adams and their children Bobby and Natalie; and Doug (Jenine) Adams and their children, Peter (Aerial), Philip and Daniel (Daryna & daughter Evelyn). Graveside services will be held at Barrancas National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday the 24th. The funeral cortège will depart Bayview Fisher-Pou chapel at 1030 am for Barrancas. Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements. Ashes will be interned in the Columbarium at Barrancas National Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that you send donations in memory of William Grinsted to the Pensacola Humane Society located at 5 N Q St, Pensacola, FL 32505, or online at https://www.pensacolahumane.org/

Services

24 July

Graveside Service

11:30 am

Barrancas National Cemetary


24 July

Graveside Service

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Barrancas National Cemetery

NAS Pensacola
Pensacola, FL 32507

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William A. Grinsted

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Ginger Linton

July 14, 2019

Uncle Bill was a very nice man!! He always loved to know what my kids were doing and how they were! He loved his precious Chleo and she loved him!! Chleo went wherever he would got! We will miss seeing him and talking with him. Even though he wasn’t my blood relative I still thought of him as my Uncle Bill too! RIP sweet man!

Clyde Busbee

July 11, 2019

He was always so nice to me in art class. He was so patient and kind. Like a friend as a teacher. He was a true positive in my life and I have always thought about him. Prayers to his family and even though I haven't seen him in many years he will be missed. But the heavens have an amazing angel looking down with a great outlook on on all of us. !!

David Frazier

July 11, 2019

Bill Grinstead changed my world as a student and person. He opened up my artistic world as a freshmen that would guide me through wonderful and difficult times of my life.
As others have said, he had the understanding and patience to let you explore the artistic realm with kind nudges or suggestions to expand your thoughts, never being overbearing and letting the creative mind create.
As I remember Bill as an adult, always “ Mr Grinstead” to me, thank you for making a difference. You will always be remembered and cherished.
Thank you for being you!
David F Frazier

Jay Kaiman

July 11, 2019

In 1974 I was a student at Washington High. Even though I was not a art student , Mr. Grinsted was always open and authentic. My folks and me went to an art show at Seville Square and he had a show. They bought one of his floral artworks and displayed it in our dining room. They both passed in the past two months. His art still hangs in there dining room....

John Common

July 11, 2019

Count me as another fortunate person who Bill Grinsted taught. I remember him as being so very cool... he gave us all the space and freedom to explore our talents and figure out who were were and who we wanted to be. I could feel it then, but now, as an adult, I KNOW how totally rare those traits are.

I hope you had a blast in this life, Bill. You truly deserved that. And I hope you're out there some where sailing, making art, and having laid back, creative conversations with a bunch of people who love you.

Safe travels,

John

Mary Castillo

July 10, 2019

Bill Grinsted was much more than a teacher. He inspired, mentored, encouraged and most importantly he listened. I will never forget the friendship ... Bill really cared about all of us and inspired us to find the thing that was in US... the talent, and he helped us to build that talent. I was not a confident kid. I was shy and a little bit withdrawn... Bill found that thing in me and helped me to become more confident person/artist and to find that creativeness inside of me. He believed in me & all of his students... he cared about us and he always listened...and for that I will never forget my friend and teacher. Bill Grinsted became a lifelong friend, not only to me... but to my family as well. He came to lot of our family functions and we enjoyed him his company. I will miss him greatly, and my life will never be the same without him... but, my life is much better because of him. I also will miss you too Cleo. Until we meet again my sweet friend... Rest peacefully and know that you are missed and loved by all of us

Mary Castillo

July 10, 2019

Bill Grinsted was much more than a teacher. He inspired, mentored, encouraged and most importantly he listened. I will never forget the friendship ... Bill really cared about all of us and inspired us to find the thing that was in US... the talent, and he helped us to build that talent. I was not a confident kid. I was shy and a little bit withdrawn... Bill found that thing in me and helped me to become more confident person/artist and to find that creativeness inside of me. He believed in me & all of his students... he cared about us and he always listened...and for that I will never forget my friend and teacher. Bill Grinsted became a lifelong friend, not only to me... but to my family as well. He came to lot of our family functions and we enjoyed him his company. I will miss him greatly, and my life will never be the same without him... but, my life is much better because of him. I also will miss you too Cleo. Until we meet again my sweet friend... Rest peacefully and know that you are missed and loved by all of us

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY