Graydon Belvin Grinnell (1921 - 2008)

Graydon Belvin Grinnell
1921 - 2008
updated February 06, 2019
Graydon Belvin Grinnell, father to 1 child, was born on August 8, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was born to Milton Wilder Grinnell and Mary Florace (Menendez) Grinnell. He was baptized in Key West, Florida. Graydon's partner was Anna Sahlin, and they gave birth to Terry Lee Grinnell. Graydon died on October 12, 2008 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at 87 years old.

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Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida 33313
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Graydon Grinnell was born on at 7214 Passyunk Ave, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania United States 19142
Graydon Grinnell died on in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida United States
Graydon Grinnell was born on at 7214 Passyunk Ave, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania United States 19142
Graydon Grinnell died on in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida United States
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Lauderdale Memorial Park, 2001 SW 4th Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida United States 33315
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in Key West, Monroe County, Florida United States 33040


The University of Florida


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Feb 15, 1890 - Apr 7, 1948
Dec 13, 1902 - Nov 12, 1992


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Graydon Belvin Grinnell & Anna Greta (Sahlin) Grinnell

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Oct 27, 1918 - Nov 23, 1990


Sep 6, 1946 - Feb 28, 2002


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His time at Grand Caymans WWII US Naval base, is in its logs at the Cayman Islands National Archive collection.
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Grinnell, Graydon B. "Bear", 87, of Virginia's Country Manor in Lauderhill, entered peacefully into eternal life on Sunday, October 12th. He was visited by his many friends, and supported by the loving staffs of Virginia's Country Manor, Heritage Home Care and Vitas Hospice. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Graydon spent much of his young life in Key West, where legend has it, he was named after an engineer of The Florida East Coast Railway. It is also said that, his grandmother wrote the first Key Lime Pie recipe from her pie shop in Key West. He attended The University of Florida when it was an all male college and enlisted to serve his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He joins his wife, Ann of 46 years, and his son, Terry. He is survived by his goddaughter, Melinda Mayerat and her husband, Steve Mayerat, and by his many friends he has made over the years. Graydon was a true gentleman, always positive, and made everyone smile. We will miss the many stories of adventures of his life. We love you Bear, see you later, my friend. Services will be held at Lauderdale Memorial Park Cemetery on Wednesday, October 15th at 10:00 AM, 2001 SW 4th Ave., 33315, and a celebration of his life will be on Saturday, October 18th, 2:00 PM at Virginia's Country Manor.

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In 1921, in the year that Graydon Belvin Grinnell was born, on November 11th, the first burial was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The body of an unknown soldier - selected by Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger who was highly decorated for valor and received the Distinguished Service Cross in "The Great War" - was brought back from France (World War 1) and placed in the newly completed tomb. President Warren G. Harding officiated at the interment ceremonies.

In 1957, by the time he was 36 years old, on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

In 1965, at the age of 44 years old, Graydon was alive when on March 8th, the first US combat troops arrived in Vietnam. The 3500 Marines joined 23,000 "advisors" already in South Vietnam. By the end of the year, 190,000 American soldiers were in the country.

In 1976, he was 55 years old when on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

In 1987, by the time he was 66 years old, on October 19th, stock exchanges around the world crashed. Beginning in Hong Kong then spreading to Europe, the crash then hit the United States. It was called Black Monday. The Dow Jones fell 508 points to 1,738.74 (22.61%).

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