William Richard Grimm
William "Bill" R. Grimm, 72 a resident of Franklin for over 20 years, died on Friday, March 20, 2020 at the Peabody Home in Franklin following a lengthy illness. Bill was born in Pasadena, California, May 19, 1947, son of the late Bruce Grimm and Jane (Paradise) Grimm-Craddock. He lived in Moraga California and Chicago before moving to New Hampshire. He spent his youth in Kensington and later attended and graduated from the Exeter New Hampshire High School in 1965, and still has close ties with former classmates. Bill was a U.S. Government Bond Trader in the securities industry for 31 years. Bills goal later in his careers was being committed to accountability in public education. He ran for State Senator but did not gain that seat. He served on Senator John Sununu's Service Academy Interviewing Board, New Hampshire Charter School State Advisory Board, Co-Founder of the Franklin Career Academy, New Hampshire's First Public Charter School, founded in 2003; was head of the Franklin Career Academy, serving as chairman on the Board of Trustees, and one year as head of School; NH Community College System Trustee, chairing Strategic Planning Committee. He was the recipient of the City of Franklin Citizen of the year in 2003, awarded for work to improve Public Education in the City of Franklin, First Charter School in NH, was the recipient of Lakes Region General Hospital Sally Proctor Award 2015 for Service to Community Healthcare. He served as a member of Franklin School Board for four years, serving as chair for 1 year. Bill was twice appointed Chairman of the NH State Supreme Court Judicial Conduct Committee. He served on the Board of Trustees for 12 years for Lakes Region General Hospital. Bill was a four year member on the Franklin Crime Line Board of Directors.
Bill was co-founder of the Parents Coalition Against Student Drug Use in Moraga, CA in 1996. Bill's favorite pastime was Fly fishing; Tournament of Fly Fishing, First Prize in 1983/1984 Metropolitan South Florida Fishing Tournament (Fly Fishing Division). He enjoyed Skeet Shooting and held a Private Pilot License (Sailplanes). In 1974, Bill and one other naval officer sailed on a 28 foot sailboat from San Diego to Hawaii. Following graduation in 1965, he served five years active duty with the U. S. Navy, as a line officer on three U. S. Navy Destroyers making two deployments to the Western Pacific, including classified special operations. He was recommended for Command at Sea. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Lieutenant. He served for 17 years as a Blue and Gold Officer with the U. S. Naval Academy Admissions. Bill was predeceased by his mother and father and "grampa" Richard Craddock.
His family includes, his wife of 30 years, Patricia A. (Barr) Grimm of Franklin, his three sons: William "Wes" Grimm of Boston, MA, Peter J. Grimm of Annapolis, MD and Mathew Grimm and his wife Megan of Oakland, CA. His daughter, Sarah Grimm and her husband Jeb of Annapolis, MD, his grandchildren: Jack, Katie, Charlie, Oliver, Hattie, Cailin and Riley, his sister, Cathy Ude and her husband Ken of San Marino, CA and nieces and nephews.
A private service for family and close friends will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at his home. Burial will take place at a later date.
Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 166 South River Road #210, Bedford, NH 03110 or to the Peabody Home, 24 Peabody Place, Franklin, NH 03235.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of William Richard Grimm, please visit our floral store.