Edward Joseph Grenier, Jr.

November 26, 1933April 7, 2021
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An extraordinary and beloved family man and nationally renowned energy regulatory attorney died peacefully on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in Potomac, Maryland, with his beloved wife of 63 years by his side. Mr. Grenier was 87 and died from heart failure. In the last weeks of his life, he had proudly boasted to family that he had beat COVID.

Born and raised in New York, Mr. Grenier’s parents and Mrs. Grenier’s parents were good friends and conspired to introduce Pat and Ed to each other at a dinner. The future Mrs. Grenier was reluctant. Mr. and Mrs. Grenier were married June 22, 1957, just after Mr. Grenier’s first year at Harvard Law School, where he served on the Harvard Law Review. While he was in law school, their first child, Tori, was born, and her first crib was a dresser drawer in their walk-up apartment in Cambridge. Pat and Ed were completely devoted to each other and created an extraordinary marriage. They delighted in entertaining friends and family in their homes. Every summer the family gathered in Cape Cod, and Mr. Grenier leaves a legacy of prioritizing the importance of family over all else.

After skipping a grade, Mr. Grenier graduated high school early, studied piano at Juilliard, and graduated summa cum laude as valedictorian, with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Manhattan College, in 1954 at the tender age of 20. He served in the Air Force ROTC, as both a second and first lieutenant for two years before starting law school.

In 1959, after graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, Mr. Grenier clerked for Chief Judge E. Barrett Prettyman on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and then began his career at Covington & Burling, where he worked from 1960-1968. He then moved to Sutherland, Asbill, and Brennan LLP (now Eversheds Sutherland) and founded and chaired their Energy Practice, where he spent the next 40 years practicing until his retirement in 2008. Mr. Grenier’s cases involved the development of national policy governing the delivery of natural gas throughout the nation. He served as lead counsel for the ultimately prevailing party in one of the largest energy cases before FERC, the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System. Mr. Grenier was instrumental in helping to create the Process Gas Consumers Group, a national trade association of industrial natural gas consumers, including many of the largest corporations in the world, who require natural gas in many of their key operations.

Mr. Grenier authored many published articles and chaired many conferences in his field. He very actively participated in the American Bar Association for years, including service as the Chairman of its Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, as well as membership in the ABA’s House of Delegates. He also served as President of the Energy Bar Association and was a member of its Board of Directors. He served as President of the Prettyman-Levanthal American Inn of Court and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.

In August 2019, Mr. Grenier received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Marquis Who’s Who, and celebrating his many years in his professional network, noting his achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he accrued in his field of law.

Among his many other organizational activities, Mr. Grenier served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Connelly School of the Holy Child from 1978 – 1985. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of D.C. Recording for the Blind from 1977 to 1989, as Chair of The Lighthouse Board of Trustees for several years and as President of The Thomas More Society of America for several years.

Mr. Grenier was a devout Catholic, who faithfully attended the Red Mass and was a loyal parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy Church.

Mr. Grenier loved golfing, and was a diehard Washington Football Team and Washington Nationals fan.

In his eighties, Mr. Grenier was a volunteer teacher for Junior Achievement and a judge at robotics competitions. He was a lifelong learner who delighted in intellectual discussion, reading the opinion page of the Post, and discussing the Sunday homily.

Mr. Grenier leaves his beloved wife, Patricia Grenier, of Potomac, three children, Edward J. Grenier III (Lynette) of Potomac, Tori Eklund (Allen) of Florence, MA, Peter Grenier (Nancy) of Darnestown, and six grandchildren, Sara, Kristen, Sydney, Winston, Genevieve and Haley.

Visitation and reception will be Thursday, April 29, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Joseph Gawler’s Sons, 5130 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC. 20016. The funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 9200 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac, Maryland 20854, on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. The funeral will be live streamed at

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in the memory of Edward J. Grenier, Jr. to Dysautonomia International’s POTS Research Fund at


  • Visitation and Reception

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, April 30, 2021


  • Burial Commital Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021


Edward Joseph Grenier, Jr.

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Tatiana Seltzman

April 30, 2021

Dear Pat and family,
As you gather at Our Lady of Mercy to celebrate Ed's life my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Ed's smile, so well captured in the photograph here, is deeply imbedded in my memory. His positive outlook on life, his cheerfulness, his devotion and love radiate out to us and help bring back many pleasant memories. I regret that I am unable to be with you today.
May you find solace in knowing that Ed remains well remembered.
With sincere sympathy, heartfelt condolences and love to you all,
Tanya and Herb Seltzman


April 29, 2021

Dear Pat,

I was so saddened to learn of Ed’s death this week, and I regret that I will unable to attend the Visitation and Reception at Gawler’s due to a knee injury. It was my good fortune to meet Ed in class at Law School, and to renew our friendship when we re-met in Washington. I always admired Ed for his calm and thoughtful ways, and I valued his views on any matter that was under discussion.
Ed had a positive, cheerful attitude toward the world. I remember his enthusiasm and enjoyment at the Hexagon Shows, where I got to know you. The Class of ’59 luncheons will be more than a little less without him.
I will miss him.

My most sincere condolences to you and your family.

Jerry Breslow

Bill Penniman

April 28, 2021

Pat, Ed, Tori and Peter
Ed was a wonderful person, a fine lawyer and colleague, and a true gentleman. Above all, Ed demonstrated, year in and year out, that his devotion to family stood above the substantial daily pressures of practicing law in a major Washington law firm. In that, he was an example to all who, like me, practiced law with him. It was an honor to work closely with Ed for many years.
I regret that I will be unable to pay my respects to Ed and you in person since I am currently with my son and daughter-in-law in California. However, Judy and I send our sincere condolences to you and Ed's grandchildren.
Bill Penniman

Glen Tait

April 21, 2021

Grenier family,

So sorry to hear of Ed Jr.'s passing. Ed was always a consummate gentleman and joy to be around. His love for Pat and his dedication to her well-being was inspiring. Ed was always very proud of his entire family and he loved talking about you all. Please accept the condolences of the Tait family. May your many fond memories comfort you.

Gerard Balancy

April 19, 2021

Ed was a charming, lovely man, and our thoughts and prayers are with Pat and the family in this difficult time.

Carolyn and Gerard Balancy

William Coderre

April 18, 2021

Dear Ed and Family:
My deepest sympathy on the passing of your Dad and Grandfather! May his memories bring you comfort during these tough times. While I was never fortunate enough to meet your Dad I enjoyed the stories you shared about your father. May God bless his soul in everlasting peace and joy.

All my best your friend,
Bill Coderre

Anthony Blazej

April 16, 2021

Dear Grenier family, please accept our sympathy and heartfelt condolences for Ed's passing. He was a charming, kind and intelligent person. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Penny and Tony Blazej

Michael Nakamura

April 15, 2021

Our deepest condolences to the entire Grenier family. We are so sorry for your loss, and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Nakamura Family

Lucian Blazej

April 14, 2021

Dear Pat and Family, We were saddened to hear of Ed's passing. Please know that are thoughts are with you.
Rosalie and Lucian Blazej and family.

Thomas Wilczek

April 14, 2021

Dear Grenier family, please accept our sincerest condolences for the passing of your beloved husband, father, grandpop and patriarch of the extended family. Ed touched so many lives with his intellect, charm, and compassion. He will be remembered fondly and with profound respect. My only regret is that we didn't find the opportunity to swing a club together. Our sympathies and prayers that you all find comfort in God's grace.
The Wilczek family - Tom, Tamara, Cole and Taylor