Thomas Peter Grimes
June 4, 1933 – July 16, 2020
Thomas P Grimes, 87, of Topsfield (formally Concord MA) and Brewster
Tom passed away peacefully on July 16, 2020 surrounded by family. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Faylene (Sheedy) Grimes. He will be greatly missed by a daughter Kristen Grimes and her partner Wendy Moffat, a son Thomas Grimes Jr and his wife Kelly (Lorenz ), and three beloved grandchildren Thomas III, Carolyn and Derek Grimes. Uncle Tom will also be missed by many nieces and nephews.
Tom was predeceased by his parents Leona (Rabitor) and Joseph Grimes and by his siblings Joe Grimes, Barbara Larosee and Mary Manero.
Thomas was born in Waltham Mass and graduated from Saint Charles High School where he also met his future wife. He served in the US Army from 1953-56 and was stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground where he taught machine shop. He earned an Associate’s degree (MC & TD) from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1958 and continued his education at night to earn a Bachelors and then a Masters in Business from Northeastern University in 1969. Tom worked his way up to Vice President of operations for LFE/Automatic Signal in Waltham MA and had the opportunity to spend two years building and setting up a manufacturing plant in Northern Ireland in the mid seventies. After his service to LFE, Tom continued to work for other companies in a leadership role, until he purchased a business to call his own in 1986. Tom applied his managerial and engineering skills to grow the business into something he was very proud of. He took Tru Form Industries from a small grinding operation in Wenham MA to a state of the art precision machining and assembly operation in Rowley MA. Even in retirement, Tom provided guidance when the business moved to Plaistow NH and became known as Tru Form Precision Manufacturing. He valued the employees at Tru Form and loved to walk the plant to check in with everybody.
Since the late sixties, Tom’s family enjoyed a couple of weeks on the Cape every summer and eventually he was able to purchase his own little slice of heaven with a view! Tom and Faylene enjoyed their summers walking the flats of Brewster and hosting family and friends for some great food, laughter and wine. Tom also loved Golf and was a member at the Captains Golf Course in Brewster for many years. Tom was an optimistic, generous, kind soul with a great sense of humor. He made many friends and most became family. He will be greatly missed by the many people who loved him.
Funeral services at Our Lady of the Cape on July 30th are private. A memorial service will take place at a later date when travel and gathering becomes more appropriate. Instead of flowers, please consider donating to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (svdpusa.org).
- The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Thomas' Funeral Mass will be held privately. A memorial service will follow at a later date.
Thomas Peter Grimes
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July 24, 2020
Tom, the love you showed Faye and your family was the best memory I have of you. You were an excellent example of a loving husband, father, friend and family member. You were selfless, gentle, hard working, kind, fun, a gentleman, and an amazing businessman!! I will forever hold you in my heart and your memory will always be with me. Until we meet again!
July 21, 2020
Tom Grimes was the greatest man I have ever known. Unselfish, Helpful and so good to all people who came in contact with him. We are heartbroken. His sense of humor throughout his illness was of great comfort to all of us and I sometimes wonder if he behaved that way toward us to help us feel better. Rest in Peace, our Dear Friend. Fran and Nick