Jacob Russell Grish age 91 of Paterson peacefully passed away on Tuesday October 9, 2012 with his loving family by his side at the Daughters of Miriam Nursing Home in Clifton.
Jacob was born in, and was a lifelong resident of Paterson. He was a Nuclear Mechanic for the Curtiss Wright Corporation for 43 years until his retirement in 1983. He then worked for the Blair House in Hackensack for 20 years until retiring in 2003.
Jacob proudly served in the United States Army during World War II in Europe. During his service, Jacob received several medals including; American Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, EAME Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, but he was most proud of receiving the Purple Heart. Shortly after the war he met his wife Mary (nee Quinn). The two of them embarked on a wonderful life together which lasted 56 years and included the raising their four children. Jacob was very devoted to his Catholic Faith and was a parishioner at St George RC Church in Paterson for over 50 years.
Jacob loved music, some of his favorite artists included Perry Como and Barbara Streisand. He was known as a Mr. Fix-it. His friends and neighbors would drop off just about anything at his house and Jacob would be able to fix it for them. His family recalls him being able to make “something out of nothing”, and making the “simplest household chores seem like a day in an amusement park.” Jacob was extremely imaginative and quite an inventor. Above all his interests and talents, Jacob’s true passion was his family, he was an extremely devoted father and grandfather, and to his grandchildren he was known as “Pop Pop”.
Surviving are his one son John Terence and his wife Nancy of Ellington, CT; three daughters Alice Hein and her husband Steve of Bradenton, FL, Maureen Grish Halpin and her husband Tom of Vernon, and Kathleen Covello and her husband Frank of Wayne; eleven grandchildren Colleen, Erin, Brendan, Megan, Michael, Christopher, Nicole, Tommy, Eric, Evan, and Alyssa; and two great grandchildren John and Jack. Jacob was pre-deceased by his wife Mary (nee Quinn) in 2004.
Friends may visit with the family on Friday October 12 from 4-8PM at the VanderMay Wayne Colonial Funeral Home 567 Ratzer Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday 9AM at the funeral home then to Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church 580 Ratzer Rd, Wayne where at 10AM a funeral mass will be offered.
Entombment will be in Calvary Mausoleum, Paterson.
After taking such good care of their dad, the family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Daughters of Miriam Center, 155 Hazel St. Clifton 07011.