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Roy Grundstrom

From Roy's widow, May:

Roy  served 23 years  in  the  military, then  moved  to  Florida  and worked  for  Disney He  had his  first  son  at 45!  Being  a  father  was  the  most wonderful thing  in  his  life.

The  fact  that  he  had-not  one  but  two  sons  to  see  his  name continued  gave  him  much  pride.  He  lived  to  see  them  grow  up  responsible, honest  and  hard workers- things  that  they  learned  from  him.

He  never  wanted  memorials  or  obituaries: come  see  me  now  or call  now  when  Im  alive- won't  matter  when  I'm  dead. He  had  a  full  life,  he  wasn't  much  into  outings, he  loved his  troop: his  wife  and  kids.

There  is  not  much  I  can  say  now-  I  was  happy  to  find  the website-  because  he  had  some  fond  memories  of  that  place.

From the U.S.  Navy Band's Fanfare Online, September/October 2012:

In Memoriam, Roy Grundstrom 1946 - 2012

Roy Grundstrom

The Navy Band mourns the passing of MU1 (ret.) Roy Grundstrom. He died on June 27, 2012 from complications related to diabetes. Roy retired in 1988 after 20 years in the Navy music program.  He was a 1964 graduate of East Longmeadow High School, and received a Bachelor of Music Education from the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, Conn. In 1968, after graduating from recruit training at Great Lakes, Ill., Grundstrom reported to the Navy School of Music, later joining the staff at the school teaching string bass, electric bass and tuba. In 1969, he joined the Navy Show Band as a bass instrumentalist, and then reported to Navy Band, Washington, D.C. in 1970, performing on double bass, electric bass and tuba.  During his time at Navy Band, he performed with the Commodores, Port Authority and Concert Band.  After retiring from the band, he moved to Florida and worked for the Disney Corporation.  He leaves his wife, May, and two sons.



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06/30/12 11:29 AM #1    

Karen Wilson (McCormic)

      I am so sorry to hear of Roy's passing.  I often wondered about him and his life.  He was such a talented musician.  We grew up in the same neighborhood around Rogers Avenue in EL.  I remember him always practicing on his horns.  He was a quiet, gentle guy who, it seems; continued his life's journey sort of reclusively, except for his wife and sons.   It sounds like he had a good and productive life, even extending his rare last name with two sons.

   Bless you, Roy and peace to your family.

Karen (Wilson) McCormic

07/01/12 05:56 AM #2    

Margo Merrigan (Manning)

I did know Roy very well in high school but I was very sad to hear of his passing.I was happy to hear that he had a good life and had two sons who he was very proud of. That makes everything worthwhile. My memory of him is being a quiet kind guy.My condolences to you and your family.Margo Manning.


07/01/12 05:29 PM #3    

Gerald Bono

I remember Roy as being a quiet, studious gentleman with an amazing talent for music. It is sad to think of the gentle ones among us as being gone. God speed Roy.

  Jerry Bono

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