Jack Grindle

Jack Lynn Grindle

1945 - 2019
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Blue Hill -- Jack L. Grindle, 73, passed away January 10, 2019 at Blue Hill Hospital after a long struggle with vasculitis, a disease he met with grace and humor. He was born December 28, 1945 in Blue Hill, the son of Basil and Nora (Staples) Grindle.

He was a graduate of George Stevens Academy, Class of 1965 and SMVTI in 1967, where he received an Associate’s Degree in building construction. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a Sea Bee during the Vietnam War until 1973. Upon discharge he returned home and began his own construction business, Jack's Construction Co., which he operated successfully for 40 years. On July 10, 1982 he married Barbara L. Hurd. They spent countless hours trail riding their horses together. As a lover of the outdoors, he was often hunting, hiking, cutting wood, and riding his tractor on the family homestead in Grindleville. His goofy sense of humor, down to earth sensibility, and happy go lucky personality will be forever cherished and missed.

Jack is survived by his beloved wife Barbara of 36 years; son, Wade and wife Therese Grindle of Blue Hill; step-daughter, Lindley (Holbrook) and husband Daniel Gray of Ellsworth; step-son, Donald Holbrook and wife Erica of Dana Point, CA; sister, Barbara M. Grindle; brothers, Thomas and wife May, Roger and wife Susan; two grandchildren, Alexandra Holbrook and Jasper Grindle; brother-in-law, Raymond McVay and many nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his parents; a sister Jane McVay; brother, Robert Grindle and brother-in-law Burt Grindle.

Calling Hours will be Friday, Jan. 25th, from 5-7pm, and a Service of Remembrance will be held Saturday, January 26th at 1pm at Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth, ME.

Memorial contributions in Jack's name may be made to The Duffy-Wescott Post 85 P.O. Box 531 Blue Hill, ME 04614 for repairs to their building.

Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery in the spring.

Condolences may be expressed at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    January 25th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    January 25th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home (JFH)
    113 Franklin Street
    ELLSWORTH, ME 04605
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  • Service

    January 26th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    January 26th, 2019 1:00pm
    Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home (JFH)
    113 Franklin Street
    ELLSWORTH, ME 04605
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  • Interment

    Pine Grove Cemetery (Sedgwick)
    Rt 172
    SEDGWICK, ME 04676
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    Spring 2019

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Posted at 02:36pm
Thank you Barbara and Jack for being great neighbors in Grindleville. We will miss our visits with Jack as we walked the dusty road by your house. Jim Fisher and Donna Madonna


Posted at 06:59am
For me there are many to choose from as we spent countless hours together at home and at work. The times I think that he and I were both the happiest may have been while we were together hunting on the family homestead in Grindleville. We would gear up, stop at the grocery store to load up on suppah, snacks and breakfast (mostly snacks) and head out to either the camp on the pond in the earlier years or the house in Grindleville in the later years. Often we would have company as well with us, but mostly it was just us talking about everything and anything while playing rummy and stoking the stove to insane temperatures before bed. Then getting up early and packing into the boat (duck hunting) or a tree stand (deer hunting) and freezing our butts off. More often than not we came back empty handed, but it was more about doing it than the trophies we could potentially return with (Although a few extras here and there would have made the shivering a little less discouraging).
In the woods particularly he was in his element though, and that was the most fun. Getting to know the terrain and thinking out possible tactics to attempt to outsmart the ghostly and allusive white tail deer in their element. Those creatures are surprisingly clever (it is their home afterall), but I think that most of the time if there was a deer there we at least knew about it, and that isn't that easy to do! He taught me how to do that with him at my side and I am forever greatful.
The woods will never be the same for me, as glimpses of his Orange vest through the furs and spruce will be forever missed. But if it is possible for a spirit to roam the earth, I know in my heart where to find his.


Posted at 09:46pm
Jack, you were a wonderful father-in-law to my daughter Therese and great "Boppi" to Jasper, Therese and Wade's son. I will miss you, your Down East humor. Please look down from heaven and watch other Barbara, Wade, Therese and Jasper. Until we meet again, thanks for being a great Father-in-law and friend!!!!

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