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Jacob Russell Grish


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.

Guest Book


Kathy, Frank, Evan and Alyssa and the entire Grish family, What a wonderful tribute to your dad and Pop-Pop. So glad that you have so many memories of this wonderful man; you will cherish them forever. Again, we are so sorry. With deepest sympathy, Nsncy, Bob and Danny McGrady

Nancy McGrady


Kathy, Frank, Alyssa, and Evan - We are so sorry for your loss, and our prayers are with you and the rest of your family at this sad time. Our greatest sympathies. Irene, Alex, Julia Hodor

Irene Hodor


To the Grish Family - we send our deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved Dad and Pop-Pop. May the many years of wonderful memories comfort you through this time and know that your friends have you in our prayers. Love - Darlene, Milton, Michael, Anthony & Dana

Darlene Vazquez


Kathy, Frank,Evan and Alyssa, my sincere condolences to you and you family. Jamie & Paul Blitzstein

Jamie Blitzstein


Kathy, Frank, Alyssa, and Evan, My sincere sympathy is always with you. May the memories heal your pain. You are in my prayers. Madge Riveros.

Madge Riveros


Our sincere condolences and best wishes for you on the death of your Dad. We know that he was a great guy and you kids were very fortunate to have such a wonderful life with him and your Mom. As his youngest sister I pray that he may rest in peace and enjoy his eternal life. God Bless You. Love Aunt Jean and Aunt Rosemary...

Rosemary Grish Prater


Dear Kathy and family, I just came across your dad's obituary. Please accept our deepest sympathies on his passing. We remember your parents and family thru all our years at St. George's. He was a wonderful man and it was our pleasure to know him. Terri Rooney Flynn, Tom & Joan Rooney, and family

Terri Rooney Flynn

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